Thomas P. Doyle
Thomas P Doyle - expert in the canonical and pastoral dimensions of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy.

July 2, 2008

In 2004 the DA of Los Angeles tried to get some personnel files from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Mahony refused and claimed these files were the equivalent of confessional matter and were protected by what he called the "Formation Privilege." I was asked to submit a declaration which demonstrated from official sources that there is no such thing. This is my declaration along with a commentary on it which I added today. This document is important because it was a key element that helped to defeat Mahony's efforts. He lost at every level from the local court to the US Supreme Court. This document is one of the many I have prepared for cases over the years and which I am now releasing for distribution. Tom Doyle

Declaration 07-02-2008