Fourteen files were released last week in ongoing civil litigation. Those files included Mahony and his chief advisor on abuse. Earlier this week, church lawyers submitted papers to the Los Angeles County Superior Court judge overseeing the release of the remaining, much larger batch of files proposing that the archdiocese be allowed to hand over the documents with the names of top church officials removed.
"The Archdiocese simply disregarded the Court's directive," attorneys for The Times and the Associated Press wrote in papers filed Wednesday. "The result is to effectively continue to keep secret the roles of the individuals identified in those files, and to mask their knowledge of, or role in [abuse of children]."
By Wednesday afternoon, the church had rejected its own plan.
The judge told the attorneys to draft an order for her to sign that laid out a specific procedure.
The order the church lawyers submitted to the judge Monday proposed the archdiocese be permitted to address the judge's ruling with a cover sheet on each priest's file.
The files released last week were not redacted. Peter Garcia, four different church leaders' names were mentioned in a single paragraph.
The church leaders referenced, whose names would have been removed, included Mahony, Curry and Juan Arzube, a regional bishop.
In a phone conversation Wednesday afternoon, Hennigan insisted that the church would ensure that top officials were easily identifiable in the files.