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"The topic was the extraordinary number of Catholic priests who abused minors, and the decades-long effort by the bishops and cardinals to cover up the crimes. Priests who molested minors were most often moved from one parish to another when complaints were made, and sometimes shuffled off to other dioceses. Church leaders successfully warded off legislative efforts over the years to require clergy to report evidence of sexual abuse to the authorities. And when victims in large numbers hired lawyers in the 1990s to press claims, the Church made secret settlements to keep the lawyers from ever filing public lawsuits and prevent the victims from ever speaking out about their abuse. In the Boston archdiocese alone, files on 83 priests who molested children became public in 2002. Files on another 28 priests are being readied for public filing."