The Vatican is trying to get in front of a federal judge from Portland, Ore., who wants full disclosure. Instead, the Vatican doled out a few crumbs.
The files published represent a small, selective part of the documentation that a federal judge in Portland, Ore., ordered the Holy See to turn over to U.S. lawyers representing a man who says he was abused by the Rev. Andrew Ronan in Portland. The man, known in court papers as John V. Doe, is seeking to hold the Vatican liable for the abuse.
It is the first time the Holy See, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has been forced to turn over documentation in a sex-abuse case.
The partial documentation released Wednesday includes the 1966 case file with Ronan's request to be laicized, or removed from the clerical state, after his superiors learned of accusations that he had molested minors in Ireland.
It’s interesting to note that the files are an attempt to establish when the Vatican knew of Ronan’s abuse, but by releasing only a small portion of the files, they appear to be concocting a favorable narrative instead of being truthful. Their actions are laughable. I hope the judge pushes for full disclosure.