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Files show how LA church
leaders controlled damage

Associated Press, by Gillian Flaccus

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Posted By:earlybird, 1/22/2013 9:14:02 AM

LOS ANGELES — Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files. The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse allegations for decades and also reveal dissent from a top Mahony aide who criticized his superiors for covering up allegations of abuse rather than protecting children.

In a public statement issued yesterday, Mahony now apologizing and saying that he has been "naive about the lasting impacts of abuse."

A few years ago the Los Angeles Times did an extensive investigation into the 30-some Los Angeles diocese priests who had been accused of abuse. It was published over four days with detailed reports on each and their photographs and what had been done with them or where they had fled. This did not move Mahony one inch toward doing the right thing. Instead he hired a PR company that does damage control.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 1/22/2013 9:34:18 AM     (No. 9131965)

Roger Cardinal Mahoney? Covering up stuff like a cat in a cat box? Nah! Glad he´s finally retired. Nasty little man. Good riddance.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 1/22/2013 9:37:22 AM     (No. 9131969)

Put them in jail and leave them there to rot. Shame, shame, shame

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mre, 1/22/2013 9:37:45 AM     (No. 9131971)

Here´s the problem:

* The RC Church teaches that when a person is ordained, their soul is indelibly marked. It is very rare to defrock a priest and "remove" this mark.
* Only priests (including higher-ups like bishops, etc.) have the power to confect the Eucharist and change the bread and wine into Christ´s body and blood.
It is essential to Catholics´ salvation to partake of the Eucharist. "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves." (John 6:53)
* To defrock a priest or remove him from church service and services, even a very bad priest, is to deprive a part of the flock of the essential means by which they can receive Christ, for the sins of the priest have no detrimental effect on the efficacy of the sacraments.
* Thus it is considered better for the eternal salvation of the members of the Church to keep employing a priest than to remove or defrock him, especially with the shortage of priests.

This warped doctrine of the priesthood and the Eucharist explains a lot about the Church´s reluctance or inability to address this problem, among others.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 1/22/2013 9:44:45 AM     (No. 9131986)

And to think that this whole time I thought the problem was homosexual pedophiles infiltrating the church.

1.5% of the population - 20-40% of molestations. When is this going to stop?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ohyababy, 1/22/2013 9:51:09 AM     (No. 9132000)

The catholic church has lost all moral authority due to this abuse and the coverup engineered by church higher ups. Rather than turning over the abusers to law enforcement they moved them from parish to parish allowing their "brothers" to abuse and violate more and more children. This has happened all over the world not just in the US. This church needs to be held reasonable for their deeds and not allowed to continue to sweep this and other abuses under the vatican rug!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rather Read, 1/22/2013 10:07:42 AM     (No. 9132043)

Boy the anti-Catholics are on a roll now!! That said, I think Mahoney should retire to a Carthusian monastery and repent in sackcloth and ashes for the rest of his life. On a diet of bread and water.

He was a HUGE liberal.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mre, 1/22/2013 10:22:41 AM     (No. 9132087)


One only has to read The Catechism of the Catholic Church to become anti-Catholic.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: OhMy, 1/22/2013 10:27:01 AM     (No. 9132096)

Reply #4 has it right. This is a great opportunity to bash the Catholic Church but we should all be kind to the homosexuals who also bash the church for teaching that their practices are unnatural. The church is in trouble for not for being hostile but too friendly to homosexuals.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jimmiet, 1/22/2013 10:31:06 AM     (No. 9132111)

The pedophiles in the church were merely ahead of their time. The left not only supports this practice it promotes it. How many dead Americans to instill the leftist ideology did Alinsky suggest?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rather Read, 1/22/2013 10:40:18 AM     (No. 9132135)

#7, I read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I am even more Catholic.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 1/22/2013 10:55:39 AM     (No. 9132176)

Mahoney illustrated the cult-like nature of the Church by lying smoothly and repeatedly to parents, Authorities and other Church members to allow his priests to continue to sexually abuse children. Ratzinger showed the same arrogant mindset when he was in charge of the Dead Sea scrolls translation; stuff that didn´t support Catholic dogma simply disappeared.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 1/22/2013 11:23:44 AM     (No. 9132249)

It is not bashing to tell the truth about something. The Catholic church has covered their dirty dealings up for a very long time. It is just that with the internet, sins are now more easily exposed. And #7 is spot on. Rewriting the 10 commandments would do it for me.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/22/2013 12:11:48 PM     (No. 9132409)

We live in Los Angeles County. No one here is bashing Catholics. It is some of the hierarchy of the church who are responsible. Read the article. Of just the intro if you are a one-grapher. The parishioners were kept in the dark. At least until major stories like the one in the Los Angeles Times began to appear.

As for these being homosexual pedophiles, there were a fair number of priests among the 30some in Los Angeles who were accused of molesting young girls. Pedophilia is not limited to those who molest boys. Read up on it.

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