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I-TEAM: Will Bishop Scharfenberger release the secret files?

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I-TEAM: Will Bishop Scharfenberger release the secret files?
I-TEAM: Will Bishop Scharfenberger release the secret files?

The secret files on abusive priests in the Diocese of Buffalo sit locked away in a group of file cabinets at diocesan headquarters.

The question is whether a new bishop preaching transparency will release the files to abuse victims and other Catholics.

GOING TO BETRANSPARENT.

ALLRIGHT, WELL SHOWME."IT'S A CRUCIALDECISION ASPOTENTIALBANKRUPTCY LOOMS... WILL HE, OR WON'THE?TONIGHT, BUFFALO'SNEW TEMPORARYBISHOP FACES A MAKEOR BREAK DECISION.... AND THE CLOCK ISTICKING.THIS ALL SURROUNDSTHE DIOCESE -- ITSSECRET ARCHIVE --AND EFFORTS BYSOME TO MAKE ITPUBLIC.DURING HIS FIRSTNEWS CONFERENCEIN BUFFALO, BISHOPEDWARDSCHARFENBERGERVOWED TO BETRANSPARENT.NOW -- HIS WORDSWILL BE PUT TO THETEST.TONIGHT - I-TEAMCHIEF INVESTIGATORCHARLIE SPECHTLOOKS AT WHAT'SNEXT AS THISCRUCIAL DECISIONLOOMS.J.

MICHAELHAYES/ATTORNEY:GIVE US THE FILES.WE'RE ENTITLED TOTHEM UNDER THE LAW.THE SECRET FILES ONABUSIVE PRIESTS INTHE DIOCESE OFBUFFALO SIT LOCKEDAWAY IN THESE FILECABINETS ATDIOCESANHEADQUARTERS ONMAIN STREET...THEQUESTION ISWHETHER A NEWBISHOP PREACHINGTRANSPARENCY WILLLET THEM SEE THELIGHT OF DAY.SPECHT STANDUPA LAWYER FOR SEXABUSE VICTIMS ISMAKING A MOTION INSTATE COURT THATCOULD BE A POTENTIALGAME-CHANGER FORTHE DIOCESE, ANDCOULD PRY OPEN THESECRET FILES ON TWOOF ITS MOSTNOTORIOUS PRIESTS.J.

MICHAELHAYES/ATTORNEY:IF THERE IS SUCH ATHING AS A SMOKINGGUN IN THESE CASES,MY GUESS IS IT'S THEPERSONNEL FILE OFTHESE...PRIESTS.THE PRIESTS AREFATHER NORBERTORSOLITS AND FATHERWILLIAM WHITE...MORETHAN A DOZEN MENACCUSE THE TWO OFTHEM OF SEXUALABUSE DECADES AGO.ATTORNEY MICHAELHAYES IS ASKING AJUDGE TO FORCE THEDIOCESE TO TURNOVER THEIR FILES ASPART OF NORMALCOURT PROCEDURE.J.

MICHAELHAYES/ATTORNEY:WE'RE ENTITLED TOTHIS, OK?

I'VE HEARDNO ONE SAY THATWE'RE NOT ENTITLEDTO THESECONFIDENTIAL FILES,THESE PERSONNELFILES.HAYES PUT DIOCESANWHISTLEBLOWERSIOBHAN O'CONNORUNDER OATH TOPROVE THE FILES AREORGANIZED ANDREADILYACCESSIBLE...IN ANAFFIDAVIT, SHE SAYSTHE FILES COULD BE"RETRIEVED INESSENTIALLY 60SECONDS OR LESS."J.

MICHAELHAYES/ATTORNEY:PERSONNEL FILE.

IT'SPRETTY SIMPLE.

THAT'SWHAT WE WANT.LAWYERS FOR THEDIOCESE ARGUE THATHAYES NEEDS TO WAITFOR THEM TO SIFTTHROUGH FILESDATING BACK TO 1917FOR THE MORE THAN200 CHILD VICTIMS ACTLAWSUITS FILED BYTHE DIOCESE.INTERIM SPOKESMANGREG TUCKER SAID INA STATEMENT, "THIS ISA MATTER THAT ISABOUT SEQUENCEAND THE ESTABLISHEDREVIEW PROCESSPRIMARILY - NOTABOUT FIGHTINGDISCLOSURE."J.

MICHAELHAYES/ATTORNEY:THE CHURCH ISN'TCONFESSING.

UP TOTHIS POINT THEY'REHIDING, THEY CAN SAYWELL IT'S BECAUSE OFLEGAL OR BECAUSE OFCOUNSEL ORWHATEVER.

BOTTOMLINE IS, THEY'RE NOTCOMING CLEAN.HAYES THINKS THEDIOCESE ISDELAYING...AND THEREIS SPECULATION THEDIOCESE WILLDECLAREBANKRUPTCY NEXTWEEK...WHICH WOULDFREEZE COURTPROCEEDINGS.J.

MICHAELHAYES/ATTORNEY:AND SO THESE FILESCOULD NEVER COMEFORWARD.

I MEAN,THEY COULD FILEBANKRUPTCYTOMORROW.J.

MICHAELHAYES/ATTORNEY:SO I THINK TIME IS OFTHE ESSENCE.ASIDE FROM THELEGAL PROCESS,INTERIM BISHOPEDWARDSCHARFENBERGERCOULD PROACTIVELYDISCLOSE THEDOCUMENTS TOPARISHIONERS, ASWAS DONE YEARS AGOIN THE ARCHDIOCESEOF LOS ANGELES AS AMEANS OF HEALINGAND REPARATION.J.

MICHAELHAYES/ATTORNEY:AND THAT'S WHAT THENEW BISHOPS ALLABOUT, ISN'T IT?

OKAY,CAN WE TRUST HIM?

HESAYS, I'M GOING TO BEOPEN.

I'M GOING TO BETRANSPARENT.

ALLRIGHT, WELL, SHOWME.FOR THE I-TEAM,CHARLIE SPECHT, 7EYEWITNESS NEW

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