In the Name of the Father

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Last week, victims of clergy sexual abuse in Orange County got what they’d been asking for. Bishop Tod Brown apologized, and agreed to pay them $100 million. But the victims insisted that the Church release its private personnel files — the same kind of documents which in the case of Boston’s sex abuse scandal — revealed an institution so intent on covering up crime that it protected the perpetrators even while they chose new victims.


Patrick Wall, former Catholic priest now working as an advocate to victims in the Orange County case and co-author of the upcoming book “Priests, Sex and Secret Codes”