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APNewsBreak: Franciscan files tell abuse story

APNewsBreak: Confidential files tell story of systemic abuse within Franciscan religious order By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Thousands of pages of confidential files for nine Franciscan friars accused of molestation tell the story of systemic abuse with the Roman Catholic religious order dating back decades.

More than 4,000 pages of confidential files were obtained by The Associated Press before they are to be made public Wednesday. Another 4,000 pages of sworn testimony was also provided to the AP.

Together, the documents paint a picture of abuse at St. Anthony's, a boarding school that trained future Franciscan priests and brothers.

The files were to be released as part of a $28 million settlement in 2006, but disclosure was delayed six years in a legal battle over the priests' privacy rights.

The Franciscans say the files contain no new information about crimes first reported in the 1990s.

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