December 12, 2002

MANCHESTER (NH)
The Union Leader

By KATHRYN MARCHOCKI

Union Leader Staff

After days of poring through the diocese’s “secret archives” last summer, two state prosecutors emerged with the information that eventually enabled them to reach this week’s landmark agreement with the Catholic Diocese of Manchester.

From these files and clergy personnel files kept at the Manchester chancery, investigators focused on six priests whom the diocese knew had sexually abused children and its inaction or flawed response resulted in more children being assaulted, prosecutors said.

“I think the facts are pretty devastating,” Senior Assistant Attorney General N. William Delker said yesterday.

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