The archdiocese of Los Angeles releases thousands of pages of personnel records, revealing a "sad and shameful chapter in the history of our local church."
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The Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles is releasing thousands of pages of personnel files relating to child molestation by priests, part of a 2007 civil court settlement.
The archbishop also announced that he has relieved retired Cardinal Roger Mahony of his remaining duties, and a former top aide to Mahony has stepped down from his current post as auxiliary bishop of Santa Barbara.
"I find these files to be brutal and painful reading," Archbishop Jose Gomez said in a statement, referring to the documents made public by the church Thursday night. "The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children." Gomez said that he has "informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties."