Thursday, September 03, 2009

Opus Dei's Scalia Passes Bridgeport Diocese's Clergy Sex Abuse Files

Opus Dei lawyers are working 24-7 to keep the files of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army sealed and soon-to-be-forgotten because they are obsessed with the canonization of John Paul II. Opus Dei controlled 100% the papacy of John Paul II for more than 26 years see the John Paul II Millstone www.jp2m.blogspot.com and therefore the cover-up of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army in the USA and around the world in upon the conscience of the Opus Dei.

Scalia and his son and other family members are staunch Opus Dei members and we bet he will influence the Supreme Court members to keep the Catholic Diocese files sealed as requested! Opus Dei have many court members and lawyers spread out in USA and Italy and all major nations. Opus Dei has only one goal WORLD DOMINATION with their Holy Father St. Josemaria Escriva and Pope John Paul II as the ruling "Holy Fathers" – as they are mystically married as husband and bride see Benedict XVI-Ratzinger God's Rottweiler for details www.pope-ratz.blogspot.com


http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2008_06_01_archive.html Opus Dei Wedding Bash of June


http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2009/03/benedict-xvi-and-his-condom-illusion.html
Opus Dei's obssessive hatred agaisnt the Jesuits

Opus Dei Opus Satanas - see Opus Dei Alert.com
www.ODAN.org Opus Dei Awareness Network -- exposing the deception of the cult of Opus Dei
John Paul II Millstone http://jp2m.blogspot.com/
John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army http://jp2army.blogspot.com/

Compare the CRIMES and their VICTIMS in America


Victims - Attackers - Responsible Leader

Pearl Harbor - 3,000 victims - 170 planes - Admiral Yamamoto

WTC & 9/11 attacks - 5,000 victims - 19 Muslims - Osama bin Laden

USA Priest Pedophilia - 12,000 victims - 5,458 priests - John Paul II & St. Josemaria Escriva de Opus Dei & Benedict XVI

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Scalia Passes Bridgeport Diocese's Clergy Sex Abuse Files Request To Full Court

By Dave Altimari The Hartford Courant

September 3, 2009

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-scalia-priests-0903a.artsep03,0,1481163.story

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday passed to the full court a request by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport to keep clergy sex abuse files sealed, at least for now.

The full court will decide the matter by Sept. 29.

The diocese had asked Scalia to stay the publication of more than 12,000 documents while the full court decides whether to take up the diocese's appeal of an earlier ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court that the documents are public records.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denied the request for a stay last week. Afterward, the diocese had the right to appeal to another justice and it filed an appeal with Scalia late last week.

By sending that request to all nine justices, Scalia was following normal procedures of the court. The documents will remain sealed until the full court rules on the stay.

Late last week, attorneys for the diocese filed a 50-page writ of certiorari seeking to have the U.S. Supreme Court accept the case, in hopes it will overturn the state Supreme Court ruling.

The diocese has been fighting for several years to keep the documents sealed. Critics say the move is an attempt to protect former Bishop Edward M. Egan, who was the bishop who moved many pedophile priests around the diocese even after learning about sexual abuse allegations against them.

The diocese is arguing that releasing the sealed files would violate its First Amendment rights "that a church may not be compelled to disclose internal documents relating to hierarchical determinations regarding fitness for ministry."

The diocese secretly settled 23 lawsuits for an undisclosed amount in 2001. The suits alleged sexual misconduct by seven Bridgeport Diocese priests.

Four newspapers, including The Courant, went to court in 2002 seeking to have the files reopened and to keep them from being destroyed. The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled twice that the files are public.

Copyright © 2009, The Hartford Courant
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* Bridgeport Diocese Appeals To U.S. Supreme Court To Keep Records Sealed
* Bridgeport Diocese Appeals To U.S. Supreme Court In Clergy Sex Abuse Cases
* Supreme Court Justice Denies Bridgeport Diocese’s Request

From other Connecticut sources

* Highest Court to Decide on Clergy Sex Abuse Papers|nbcconnecticut.com
* Supreme Court justice denies Diocese of Bridgeport request to keep records sealed|stamfordadvocate.com
* Church abuse documents to be released|wtnh.com

Around the Web

* Supreme Court: Catholic abuse documents can’t stay sealed|usatoday.com

SupCo ruling unfavorable to Ct. Catholic diocese

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut, saying that thousands of documents generated by lawsuits against six priests for alleged sexual abuse cannot remain sealed.

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN

Associated Press Writer
NEW HAVEN, Conn. —

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut, saying that thousands of documents generated by lawsuits against six priests for alleged sexual abuse cannot remain sealed.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Tuesday denied the Bridgeport diocese's request to continue a stay on the release of the papers until the full court decides whether to review the case.

Ralph Johnson III, a lawyer for the diocese, said church officials were considering whether to ask all nine justices to rule on the request.

The diocese said on its Web site Tuesday afternoon that it was disappointed with Ginsburg's decision and that it "intends to proceed with its announced determination to ask the full U.S. Supreme Court to review the important constitutional issues that this case presents."

Jonathan Albano, attorney for three newspapers who requested the documents, said the ruling compels the diocese to release the documents, but he acknowledged the church could ask the full court to reconsider Ginsburg's decision.

"At the end of the day, the diocese will be able to say they were heard before every court that was available to them," Albano said.

Albano represents The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. The three papers along with the Hartford Courant have asked to see the documents.

A Waterbury Superior Court said in 2006 that the documents were subject to a presumption of public access. And the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld the lower court decision, ruling that more than 12,000 pages from 23 lawsuits against the six priests should be unsealed.

The Connecticut high court also rejected the claim by church officials that the documents were subject to constitutional privileges, including religious privileges under the First Amendment.

The records have been under seal since the diocese settled the cases in 2001. They could provide details on how retired New York Cardinal Edward Egan handled the allegations when he was bishop in Bridgeport from 1988 to 2000.

The documents include depositions, affidavits and motions.

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Supreme Court justice denies request to keep diocese sex abuse records sealed


By Noelle Frampton
Connecticut Post

Updated: 08/26/2009 12:28:06 AM EDT

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport may soon have to unseal thousands of documents generated by lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests now that a U.S. Supreme Court judge has denied the diocese's request to keep them sealed.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Tuesday denied the Bridgeport diocese's request to continue a stay on the release of the papers until the full court decides whether to review the case.

But the diocese hasn't given up in its long fight to keep more than 12,000 pages from 23 lawsuits sealed, releasing a statement that it is "disappointed" by Ginsberg's ruling but "intends to proceed with its announced determination to ask the full U.S. Supreme Court to review the important constitutional issues that this case presents."

Diocese spokesman Joseph McAleer declined further comment in an e-mail Tuesday evening.

The documents have been sealed since the diocese settled the lawsuits in 2001 and paid victims more than $30 million. They could provide details on how retired New York Cardinal Edward Egan handled the allegations when he was bishop in Bridgeport.

Four newspapers asked for the records, and the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in May that they should be unsealed.

In June, the diocese asked the state's top court to reconsider, but the court refused. Then it went to the nation's highest court in July, citing constitutional rights and privacy issues in a renewed bid to block release of the documents.

The diocese contended that the Superior Court judge who initially ordered the release was biased because he was on a special state Judicial Branch committee exploring how to make the state courts more transparent along with a reporter whose newspaper was seeking release of the documents.

The claims contained in the records date as far back as the 1970s and include allegations that Egan tried to hide the abuse of children by diocesan priests.

Attorneys representing victims of alleged abuse accused the church hierarchy of ignoring allegations, shifting accused priests from parish to parish and failing to report complaints to appropriate law enforcement agencies.

The total amount of money the diocese has spent in the legal battles remains unclear.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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