Sex abuse scandal sees Los Angeles cardinal Roger Mahony stripped of duties

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The cardinal of the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the United States was stripped of his duties in an unprecedented move by his successor, who described the church’s actions during the growing sex abuse scandal as evil.

Cardinal Roger Mahony had retired with a tainted career after dodging criminal charges over how he handled pedophile priests.

It wasn’t clear whether the Vatican supported Archbishop Jose Gomez’s decision to publicly criticize a fellow priest and colleague. The announcement was seen as long overdue by victims and surprising to church experts who said it was unusual for an archbishop to take action against a higher-up.

The move came as the church was legally forced to release thousands of confidential files on pedophile priests — and two weeks after other long-secret priest personnel records showed Mahony worked with top aides to protect the church from the engulfing scandal. One of those aides, then-Monsignor Thomas Curry, stepped down Thursday as auxiliary bishop in the Los Angeles archdiocese’s Santa Barbara region.

Gomez said Mahony, 76, would no longer have administrative or public duties in the diocese. It didn’t appear that Gomez’s actions would affect Mahony’s position in Rome, where he can remain for another four years on a counsel that selects the Pope.

“I find these files to be brutal and painful reading,” Gomez said in a statement, referring to 12,000 pages of files the church posted online Thursday night just hours after a judge’s order. “The behaviour described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children.”

Written By: Associated Press
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11 COMMENTS

  1. What’s puzzling here is that a cardinal outranks an archbishop.
    The degree of kiddy fiddlers amongst the Catholic clergy on a world wide basis is quite astonishing!
    And the cover up must logically come from the top!
    They should be prosecuted for hiding and effectively permitting ,nauseating criminality.

  2. Archbishop Gomez has had access to these files for almost two years since he took over the diocese from Mahony and yet he’s just now found Mahony and Curry’s behavior bad enough to warrant action. I presume the Vatican has had access to the same files for a much longer period than Gomez and they never moved against Mahony or Curry. Mahony’s since written an article on his blog calling into question the timing of Gomez’s action and, I think, with justification. I am not attempting to excuse Mahony or Curry, but I think the only reason they’re being kicked to the curb now is because of the release of those files to the public. If they hadn’t been released, as the church wanted, I’d bet dollars to donuts Gomez wouldn’t have done a goddamned thing.

  3. In reply to #4 by Vorlund:

    Gomez is covering his arse in the face of legal pressure to hand over incriminating evidence.

    Of course he is.
    He knows the game is up.

    “I find these files to be brutal and painful reading,” Gomez said in a statement, referring to 12,000 pages of files the church posted online Thursday night just hours after a judge’s order.

    So he was well aware of what was in those files, but decided to act only after a judge made sure the content would be revealed publicly!

    It didn’t appear that Gomez’s actions would affect Mahony’s position in Rome, where he can remain for another four years on a counsel that selects the Pope.

    Again of course not!…this is just a smoke and mirror gambit.
    The fecking cretins are trying to deflect obscure and prevaricate…business as usual!
    In the real world the pervert saviour would go to jail do not pass go!

  4. “how he handled pedophile priests” – stop sniggering at the back!

    He’s been relieved of duties but not his titles or influence. Should be in jail. A life of talking to God clearly worked wonders(!)

  5. In reply to #7 by BigChris:

    A life of talking to God clearly worked wonders(!)

    Maybe god is a closet paedophile and likes to watch?

    Actually strike that…..god must be a closet pervert cos he is watching your every move, knows every action, Knows every thought, knows every intention before it starts, and does not interfere with priestly fiddling with kiddies.

    Guilty by circumstantial evidence from the mouth of every godbot on the planet…fucker is toast!

  6. So the widespread child abuse of the catholic church continues world wide and it pays to remember one thing that whatever is done to any member of the church is done to cover the crimes of the church.

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