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THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday let stand a court order forcing Cardinal Roger M. Mahony to give authorities the confidential files of two former priests accused of child molestation.
Mahony has fought for three years to quash grand jury subpoenas on the grounds that opening the files would violate the church's constitutional right of religious freedom.
"This is an important milestone in addressing the issue of clerical sexual abuse," Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said of the Supreme Court's action. "I look forward to immediate access to files we subpoenaed from the Los Angeles Archdiocese."