Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church defending priests from charges of sexual abuse are trying to compel the advocacy group representing victims to disclose two decades of emails from whistle-blowers, victims and witnessess. It is understandable that lawyers would want their defendants to face the their accuser, but it is also understandable that advocacy groups would need to be able to provide confidentiality. One unfortunate quote from the article: “The bishops have come together collectively. I can’t give you the names, but there’s a growing consensus on the part of the bishops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good lawyers to get tough. We don’t need altar boys.”

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