Church Document Case Rejected by Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court has rejected the Diocese of Bridgeport’s appeal to keep their church documents sealed. The 12,000 pages of documents are related to priest sex abuse lawsuits resolved in the 1990’s. Eight years ago, the NY Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and the Hartford Courant filed suit to unseal the documents and make them public. A Connecticut lower court ruling approved the unsealing which led to the diocese’s appeal to the Supreme Court.
According to a story in the Hartford Courant, “Late Monday, attorneys for the diocese filed motions at Superior Court in Waterbury seeking a status conference to determine which documents will be made public and to ensure that the few documents the state Supreme Court ruled should be sealed remain so.”
The Diocese of Bridgeport has one last attempt pending before the US Supreme Court concerning its appeal of the Connecticut Supreme Court’s concerning public disclosure of the documents.