Connecticut Supreme Court decision
In May 2009, a decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered the release of thousands of legal documents from lawsuits filed against priests accused of sexually abusing children (George L. Rosado et al. v. Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation et al., (SC 17807) .
Archbishop Egan's legacy
US Supreme Court decision
On October 5, 2009, the United States Supreme Court rejected a request by the Diocese to stay the Connecticut Supreme Court decision. On Nov. 2, 2009 the United States Supreme Court decided  not to grant a writ of certiorari.
Attempts by laypeople to take drastic measures
Bishop William E. Lori has opposed legislation by Rep. Michael P. Lawlor and Sen. Andrew J. McDonald that would remove control of the diocese from the bishop and place it into the hands of laymen. The legislation had been written with the help of liberal Catholics, including Connecticut attorney Thomas Gallagher, a contributor to the group Voice of the Faithful. 
November 2009 hearings
The Connecticut Superior Court held hearings in November 2009 on procedures and privacy safeguards. The court ordered that the documents be released on Dec. 1, 2009, in CD form, to be given to the four newspapers -- the Hartford Courant, the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post -- that had originally filed the lawsuit seeking to force the Diocese to open the records to public inspection. The Diocese has provided background and a statement on the suit and its status.
- PDF document
- Bridgeport sex-abuse files should be released, court rules
- Bridgeport Diocese Loses Bid to Keep Sex-Abuse Records Sealed
- Press Release: Bridgeport Diocese Responds To U.S. Supreme Court Statement
- Court still needs to weigh final angle of Bridgeport documents case
- Religious Freedom Under Attack in Connecticut
- Judge sets Dec. 1 for release of diocesan sex-abuse records
- Statement of the Diocese of Bridgeport