The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Letter to Attorney Jonathan Albano
Dec. 10, 2009
Dear Mr. Jonathan Albano:
Thank you for your persistence in the long struggle to force Bridgeports Catholic bishop to disgorge thousands of pages of records about dangerous priests and their corrupt colleagues. And congratulations on your impressive achievement persuading judges that the actual physical safety of kids trumps the perceived religious privacy of adults.
But please dont quit now. The most shocking records, were convinced, are still under wraps.
We firmly believe, based on our years of experiences with this scandal and with the secrecy of bishops, that much of what Bishop William Lori is withholding would not ultimately be deemed privileged by a judge. (In Boston, for example, judges ruled that a wider range of church documents, including a number of records relating to therapy and medical matters, should be publicly released.)
We also believe that many of the records still under wraps will be particularly illuminating. By our rough reckoning, 50% of whats been turned over have been depositions, 40% have been court filings, and only 10% have been internal church records, memos and correspondence. The latter documents written by and to church officials who assumed no one else would ever see them are almost the most helpful and revealing. We strongly suspect that more of these are still under wraps and can be exposed.
Youve come so far and done such a public service. Please keep challenging the church hierarchys bogus claims of privilege so that more of the truth about this horrific crisis is revealed.