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By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant, January 27, 2020
New Orleans Saints instructed archdiocese on PR over scandal
NEW ORLEANS (ChurchMilitant.com) – Football’s New Orleans Saints and the archdiocese of New Orleans are fighting to keep private e-mails between them which discuss how to downplay the publication of a list of archdiocesan clergy accused of sex abuse.
Attorneys for roughly two dozen men, alleged victims of sex abuse at the hands of archdiocesan clerics, have filed suit against the Saints to publicize e-mails contained in 276 documents, according to media reports on Friday.
“Obviously, the Saints should not be in the business of assisting the archdiocese, and the Saints’ public relations team is not in the business of managing the public relations of criminals engaged in pedophilia,” read the attorneys’ court filing. “The Saints realize that if the documents at issue are made public, this professional sports organization also will be smearing itself.”
In a statement on Friday, attorneys for the Saints admitted the archdiocese asked the team for advice on how to handle media fallout from the 2018 release of its list of more than 50 clerics “credibly accused” of sex abuse. They denied, however, helping the archdiocese cover up sexual abuse. …
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