Los Angeles Cardinal Hid Abuse, Files Show / The New York Times

The retired archbishop of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, and other high-ranking clergymen in the archdiocese worked quietly to keep evidence of child molesting away from law enforcement officials and shield abusive priests from criminal prosecution more than a decade before the scandal became public, according to confidential church records.” By Ian Lovett, The New York Times

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  1. #1 by Eileen preston on February 1, 2013 - 10:59 PM

    while I recognize that it s “too late” for many of us that knew that priests were being protected, I am grateful that our leader has taken the step to publicly acknowledge the wrongdoing of Archbishop Mahony and Bishop Curry. I personally sent a letter to the Bishop and my pastor a few years back and received no response. it is another commentary that protecting the church is more important than children or anyone. The church has made a lot of progress over the years but not enough to acknowledge failures. Please don’t preach about weakness and not recognize your own failures as leaders.

  2. #2 by Patricia Gomez on January 22, 2013 - 12:57 PM

    The files from LA Diocese should have been made public years ago. The evidence of hierarchical malfeasance and cover-up is overwhelmingly sad. Transferring abusive priests out of state or to other dioceses without informing the receiving parish / diocese of past abuse is reprehensible behavior. Countless children were abused by these “transferred” priests from Los Angeles and other dioceses. Avoiding scandal at the expense of others can no longer be the modus operandi of the Church. And failing to protect children and the vulnerable in our midst is a crime against decency and humanity.

  3. #3 by Ron DuBois on January 22, 2013 - 12:12 PM

    It is so discouraging to continue to receive these revelations about the cover-up of clergy sexual abuse so many years after the scandal was first disclosed. How many millions of dollars of the peoples’ money has been spent and continues to be spent on lawyers to defend the indefensible? The existence of a clerical culture which is more concerned with defending the clergy than with protecting children will be a blight on the credibility of the hierarchy for decades to come. We must do everything we can to educate the average Catholic about the deleterious effects of this clerical culture on all aspects of our faith.

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