Clergy abuse records released in New Mexico

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has released hundreds of pages of court records regarding sexual abuse allegations against clergy members following an order by a New Mexico judge, marking the largest disclosure of such records since alleged victims began suing the archdiocese nearly three decades ago.

The documents, released Oct. 18, include letters showing church leaders knew of sexual abuse allegations that had been leveled against three priests from the 1960s through the 1980s. The records show that the diocese repeatedly assigned priests accused of sexually abusing children to areas where they could abuse again, the Albuquerque Journal reports. The records include letters and reports from psychologists to church leaders that detail allegations against three priests.