Santa Fe, N.M., Oct 24, 2017 / 12:57 pm
The release of court records related to sex abuse allegations against three Catholic priests several decades ago will serve as "an additional step in healing for survivors, their families, our Church, and communities," the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has said.
"Going forward, the archdiocese intends to continue promoting transparency in its efforts to protect children and young people from sexual abuse by clergy or anyone else in the community, while at the same time being careful to respect the rights of those who may be falsely accused, and respect the privacy of abuse survivors and their families," the archdiocese said Oct. 18.
It said the documents were related to three priests "credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors" in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.
Among the documents are hundreds of pages of court records that concern allegations against the clergy. They include letters indicating that Church leaders knew of sex abuse allegations that had been made against three priests.