More than 500 complaints against priests and potentially $1 billion in damages. LA Observed has more notes and commentary including a link to the newly set up LA-ClergyCases.com (run by the defense) and this snip from an LAT piece which paints the situation in a pretty clear, and very ugly light:
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles allowed at least eight priests to remain in contact with children even after receiving complaints that the clerics had a sexual interest in minors, according to church documents produced in the lawsuits by hundreds of alleged sexual-abuse victims.
That is twice as many as the church had previously conceded.
The documents, which became public Tuesday, indicate that numerous children might have avoided harm if church leaders in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s had reacted more vigorously to warnings about abusive priests….The documents offer the most unfiltered look yet at the way the archdiocese responded to child-molestation allegations involving its priests over the last half-century.