Prosecutors will review internal priest personnel files kept
by the Los Angeles Roman Catholic archdiocese that show retired Cardinal Roger
Mahony and other top church officials worked to shield molester priests.
District attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said in an
emailed statement Tuesday that the office will "evaluate all documents as
they become available to us."
Thousands of pages of confidential records from the files of
14 priests accused of sex abuse were made public Monday.
The documents show how the church handled abuse allegations
for decades and provide the strongest evidence to date that Mahony and a top
aide consulted about how to handle molester priests and protect the archdiocese
Mahony issued an apology Monday.
Legal experts say it will be difficult for the DA to
prosecute Mahony or the Archdiocese due to statutes of limitation. But an
attorney who has deposed the now retired Cardinal says he deposed him three
times and in his last deposition was asked directly whether he didn’t call
police on the priests known to abuse children because he worried about a
Dozens more priest files will soon become
public under a 2007 settlement agreement.