Listen: Catholic Archdiocese, Aaron Schrank And Heather Baynes discussed on The Frame
"The first time in ten years. The Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles today updated its list of priests accused of sexually abusing children that update included one incident that happened as recently as last year more now from KPCC's Aaron Schrank, the L A archdiocese added the names of fifty four priests who were accused of child sex abuse since two thousand eight the complete list. Now numbers nearly three hundred clergy. Heather baynes. Victims assistance coordinator for the archdiocese. She says this update took so long because instead of disclosing the names on their list officials simply announced allegations that local parishes where the priest served, and there was a general sense that we need to compile that information and make it a little more accessible, she points out. Most of these fifty four cases were recently reported incidents of abuse that happened years ago just to involved allegations of current misconduct and the a pretty remarkable number. It's really good evidence to us that the policies and procedures are working but victims advocates cautioned that children who are sexually abused. Don't often report that abuse till years later. So the number of cases may be understated attorney Mike rack with law firm. Jeff Anderson and associates says the latest step taken by the archdiocese will make kids safer, but the church needs to go further do the right thing and disclose the documents that show not just the identities of those accuse but identities of those who covered up the abuse the archdiocese says it will be. Updating its list of accused priests regularly from now on instead of waiting ten years covering religion. I'm Aaron Schrank. The Anaheim city council has approved the money to convert a building on state college boulevard near angels stadium into a two hundred bed homeless shelter. You'll open up in the next few weeks. Stay open for up to ninety days while the city works on getting to longer term shelters up and running early next year. It's seven thirty five from the New York Times. I'm Michael Barr. This. Today. Across the country last month democratic candidates for governor and attorney general one seats that were long held by Republicans now Republican controlled legislatures in those states are resisting that transfer of power. It's Thursday, December."