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A Maryland judge upholds the secrecy surrounding clergy sexual abuse

The impulse to suppress the appalling details of that abuse remains impediment to a full accounting. Maryland judge sealed findings of investigation by state attorney general’s office into eight decades of clergy sexual abuse. Anonymous group of church-affiliated individuals named in the report is trying to block publication. Sealing the report is a blow to the public’s right to know how more than 600 children and young adults allegedly fell victim to 158 priests.