Skip to comments.LA Cardinal Mahony 'stripped of duties' over sex abuse
Posted on 02/01/2013 6:35:24 AM PST by TSgt
A retired Los Angeles cardinal accused of mismanaging a child sex abuse crisis has been stripped of all administrative and public duties by his successor.
Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, 76, has apologised for his "failure", Archbishop Jose Gomez said on Thursday.
The Los Angeles archdiocese, the largest in the US, has released thousands of pages of files on priests accused of child molestation.
Cardinal Mahony retired in 2011, having run the archdiocese for 25 years.
In 2007 Los Angeles paid $660m (£415m) to alleged victims of abuse, the largest sex abuse payout on record.
Cardinal Mahony has publicly apologised for mistakes he made handling the clerical sex abuse issue. 'They failed'
"I find these files to be brutal and painful reading," Archbishop Gomez said in a statement. "The behaviour described in these files is terribly sad and evil.
"There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed."
He added that Bishop Thomas Curry, former vicar of the clergy who handled the cases of accused priests, had stepped down from his post as bishop of Santa Barbara.
The 12,000 pages of documents were released after Church records on 14 priests were unsealed as part of a civil case. They showed both Bishop Curry and Cardinal Mahony had helped to shield accused priests from investigation in the 1980s.
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Mahoney was so “tolerant,” doncha know. The Leftist media loved him.
At least the present Cardinal did what had to be done.
Archbishop Gomez, our new Archbishop here in Los Angeles, is cleaning house. He is a very good man, very orthodox, quite fierce. He’s doing a great job, but there is a lot to clean up. We are SO glad to have Mahoney GONE. Even after he retired, he just could not stand to be out of the news. May he crawl off to a rock pile in shame.
And yes, I agree, he should be in jail. Terrible terrible man. We thank this good Pope for putting his eye on the problems here in the US and making huge changes. It will all take time, but the Lord is on His throne.
The Priest who was over the Sandy Hook area admitted that he saw nothing wrong in allowing child molesting Priests near children and not warning the parents.
His personal confidant and secretary was just busted for being a Drug Dealing Transvestite Porn Video Store Owner.
The Bridgeport Diocese was disgusting.
The present Cardinal meaning Gomez, NOT Mahoney.
Yes that and the fact that the church leadership in the usa with the exception of sex issues is about as liberal as you can get.
As a child of VC II, the present NO is all I know.
Ratzinger committed no crime so why would he be in prison?
That is the present Cardinal that I am talking about, Gomez.
If the church wants to restore its credibility it will really clean house. As in terminating the financial and organizational relationship with those like Mahoney.
Instead, Mahoney, like other pedophile priests and pedophile protectors, will live out their days under the wing and protection of the church.
That’s NOT cleaning house and it astounds me that you and others don’t understand the difference.
The present Pope did no wrong.
birth control is some sort of sin and not permitted yet sexual abuse by a priest just needs to be “hushed up”. It’s really bizarre and a shame that this great church has been so lax on these matters.
It is cleaning house already, just a gentle correcting.
And the church wonders why it is seen as a joke with zero credibility.
I have many Catholic friends who concur with my sentiments.
Question: Both are Cardinals,(though one is retired) How can one then discipline the other? Was the Pope involved in signing off on this? Or does the ban apply only inside the LA diocese? Could Mahoney go elsewhere?
In forming a new religion resulting from the assemblage referred to as Vatican II, all good that was done over the ages in Christ’s Church fell by the wayside.
The new religion dictated that all dogma, rubrics, tenets and liturgy be thrown into the trash heap of history. Additionally tossed, along with the sacred statues, pictures, vestments and any trappings that had to do with the religion Christ left behind in the keeping of Saint Peter, was the sacred nature of the priesthood.
As a result many misfits and new disturbed youth entered the priesthood and began their mission in life: destroy the religion that was a bellweather and beacon to other Christian faith. Even the Baptists watched and listened to what was said by the Roman Catholic Church.
This Vatican II, and what had occurred prior to that assembly, was Stalin’s dream come true.
His two major enemies, after all, was the Roman Catholic Church and the United States of America. He realized, all too well, that an influx of homosexually inclined priests would worm their way through the seminaries (only a few left today) and into the hierarchy of the Church. That would indeed bring the Church crumbling down. And it practically has.
Anyone who doesn’t believe that was what was wrought by modernism and subsequently Vatican II is absolutely NOT pleasing to God is completely deluded.
Look about you and see that many new ‘churches’ were built in the past 40 years, but they resemble anything but a place of worship. Go inside today and try to be inspired. Twenty minutes before the new mass is to be celebrated by the ‘president of the assembly’ (he’s not called a priest today during the ‘ceremony’) you find thinking and praying difficult due to the loud visiting going on. It would appear that those congregating realize that nothing important is going to happen here.
I recall some years ago, before I found a tradition chapel in which to worship God, shortly before Christmas Day I attended a new worship service. A young, permanent deacon delivered the homily which was his idea of a joke.
He said,”Many of us believe that the Angel appeared to Mary to tell her of God’s wish that she be the mother of His Son. He stated that the name given would be Jesus. That version is incorrect. Jesus Christ wasn’t named until one of the visiting wisemen upon entering the stable stubbed his toe and uttered an oath. Joseph said, ‘Mary. That sounds like a winner and that shall be his name.”
I walked out. On the way, I noticed a ‘brother’ standing in the back with a big grin on his face and earrings in his ears.
I have not attended a single new mass since.
Now. Since Vatican II there have been occupants of the Chair of Peter and not one has repudiated the Vatican II that has given the Church this degrading descent. Therefore, I believe that those men will owe their maker an explanation as to why they allowed this radical transformation to continue.
I bet the children who were raped would have preferred a gentle correction to the hell they endured.