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The sexual abuse scandal in Bridgeport diocese is a significant episode in the series of Catholic sex abuse cases in the United States.

Connecticut Supreme Court decisionEdit

In May 2009, a decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered the release of thousands of legal documents from lawsuits filed against priests accused of sexually abusing children (George L. Rosado et al. v. Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation et al., (SC 17807) [1].

Archbishop Egan's legacyEdit

Media reports have implied that investigations into the Bridgeport affairs might have a negative impact on archbishop Edward Egan's overall legacy as former pastor of the diocese. [2]

US Supreme Court decisionEdit

On October 5, 2009, the United States Supreme Court rejected a request by the Diocese to stay the Connecticut Supreme Court decision[3]. On Nov. 2, 2009 the United States Supreme Court decided [4] not to grant a writ of certiorari[5].

Attempts by laypeople to take drastic measuresEdit

Bishop William E. Lori has opposed legislation by Rep. Michael P. Lawlor and Sen. Andrew J. McDonald that would remove control of the diocese from the bishop and place it into the hands of laymen. The legislation had been written with the help of liberal Catholics, including Connecticut attorney Thomas Gallagher, a contributor to the group Voice of the Faithful. [6]

November 2009 hearingsEdit

The Connecticut Superior Court held hearings in November 2009 on procedures and privacy safeguards. The court ordered that the documents be released on Dec. 1, 2009, in CD form, to be given to the four newspapers -- the Hartford Courant, the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post -- that had originally filed the lawsuit seeking to force the Diocese to open the records to public inspection.[7] The Diocese has provided background and a statement on the suit and its status[8].

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