Typical anti-Catholic bigotry from the MSM.
The new Archbishop has done as much as he is empowered to do. And he did it fairly soon after assuming office, presumably after first taking the time to examine the facts first-hand, as best he could, as was right and proper.
If, as I suspect but don’t know, Cardinal Mahony was criminally guilty of complicity or encouragement in the earlier crimes, then it is up to the justice system to do something about it. But the justice system is conflicted. The liberals who control it in places like L.A. whine and complain about pederast priests from one side of their mouths, even while they excuse similar behavior by public school teachers out of the other side of their mouths, and even as they actually teach it in grade school to innocent children.
Yes, things got badly out of hand in that archdiocese. The Church has been repairing the damage that was done within it, mostly back in the 70s, by dissident bishops and priests, some out of ignorance and a few knowingly complicit in the evil. Yet the justice system that should deal with it is at the same time saying that homosexual marriage, homosexual adoption, and even man-boy love are good things, and it is discriminatory or illegal to suggest otherwise. Church adoption agencies have been forced out of business because they refuse to let homosexual couples adopt children. Not back in the 70s, but right now.
Plenty of evil to go around. So why criticize a new bishop for doing his job as best he can?
Because it exposes the lie that the Church doesn’t care and isn’t doing anything.
It’s never too late to do what is right. :)
Another point: Mahoney has his protectors, too, and they are all in the political establishment. Like McCracken, he is a liberal, and apart from the issue of abortion and on traditional marriage, his stands on most political issues sound like they were issued by the DNC. Years ago, he clashed with Mother Angelica, the feisty nun who started EWTN, contrary to the wishes of the Hierarchy, who wanted to establish their own media network. There is little doubt that such a network would have taken its direction from the likes of Mahoney. So Mahoney has friends in low places, one might say. He represents all the things that have gone wrong in the Church since the end of Vatican II.
Also, please bear in mind that in 2003, the State of California changed the statute of limitations regarding child abuse claims against the Catholic Church, only, opening the door for very old claims to be filed (after memories have faded, witnesses passed away, and exculpatory evidence lost— placing a tremendous burden on the defendants to prove innocence) and leading the way to the $650,000,000.00 settlement in 2007. In contrast, child abuse claims against public institutions must be brought within 6 months of the incident, regardless of the age of the victim. As to all others, the statute is six years after the victim’s 18th birthday. Why the difference?
Child abuse is rampant in the the foster care and public school systems, and happens in other denominations and private institutions as well. Apparently “Equal protection under the law” doesn’t mean what it used to mean.
Too often, problem teachers are allowed to leave quietly. That can mean future abuse for another student and another school district.
They might deal with it internally, suspending the person or having the person move on. So their license is never investigated, says Charol Shakeshaft, a leading expert in teacher sex abuse who heads the educational leadership department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Laws in several states require that even an allegation of sexual misconduct be reported to the state departments that oversee teacher licenses. But theres no consistent enforcement, so such laws are easy to ignore.
School officials fear public embarrassment as much as the perpetrators do, Shakeshaft says. They want to avoid the fallout from going up against a popular teacher. They also dont want to get sued by teachers or victims, and they dont want to face a challenge from a strong union.