Saints fight to avoid disclosing emails in Catholic abuse crisis (MERGED) (2 Viewers)

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis.

Attorneys for about two dozen men suing the church say in court filings that the 276 documents they obtained through discovery show that the NFL team, whose owner is devoutly Catholic, aided the Archdiocese of New Orleans in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.”...............

 

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis.

Attorneys for about two dozen men suing the church say in court filings that the 276 documents they obtained through discovery show that the NFL team, whose owner is devoutly Catholic, aided the Archdiocese of New Orleans in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.”...............

Hmm, possibly forced to sell the team?
 

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Tom Benson was tight with the Archbishop. I can see how something like this would happen but really hope the Saints didn't do anything illegal. Sounds like all they did was advise the church on PR strategies. I don't think that's a crime.
 

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So the Saints PR team helps the Church disclose the names of credibly accused abusers, through the media. How does this warrant a justification to make all their emails public? Publishing a list is the opposite of hiding, no?
Seriously, it seems like all the Saints did was advise the church on PR for handling the sex abuse scandal in how to go about announcing the names. With Benson being close to the Archbishop, it makes sense that he'd use the PR team from his billion dollar company to help his friend with a strategy. And it wasn't a strategy for a cover up (at least it seems) but rather to uncover things.
 

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This points directly at Gayle (or Tom) as I don’t know anyone else in the organization that fought for the Catholic Archdiocese.

At any rate, if we had a hand at covering things up I will be done. That goes beyond reprehensible.
 
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So the Saints PR team helps the Church disclose the names of credibly accused abusers, through the media. How does this warrant a justification to make all their emails public? Publishing a list is the opposite of hiding, no?
I don't think anyone is being accused of covering up pedophilia in this case. It's the corporate response that the Church has decided to use which people find so appalling. Make it all public. Own up to what was done, who did it, and make restitution. Stop trying to "soften the blow" or whatever the frick.
 

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