Watchdog Increases Pressure on Bishops

By Robin Washington
Boston Herald [Boston MA]
June 18, 2003

The Boston-based clergy sexual abuse victims advocacy group Survivors First will issue a report in St. Louis today listing 1,613 alleged abuser priests on the eve of the nation's Catholic bishops meeting.

The advocacy group - which says the number represents a 33 percent increase since January - will also unveil a Web site, The Web site will display secret e-mails of Roger Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles and other internal communications of church leaders.

"It's just damning stuff," Paul Baier, Survivors First's founder, said of Mahony's casual comments about escaping media attention in cases of sexually abusive priests.

"It's a glimpse into the way they think."


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