In a move unprecedented in the American Catholic Church, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced Thursday that he had relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, of all public duties over his mishandling of clergy sex abuse of children decades ago. (Snip) "I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil," Gomez wrote in a letter addressed to "My brothers and sisters in Christ."
Comments: The Los Angeles archdiocese is the largest in the United States. Mahony has been a very powerful man in and out of the church.
Archbishop Curry, regional bishop in Santa Barbara, has also resigned. Curry worked with Mahony to conceal abusers from police in the 1980s.
Mahony has spent many years trying to keep these records sealed.
Why now? These sealed records were not sealed from the Vatican. They were only sealed from the public. Guess Pope Benedict thought it was A-OK as long as people did not know and held out for that result. Shame.
Good - but I refuse to even consider for one moment that anyone cares about sexual abuse of children when cases like the arrest of George Harasz and Doug With are ignored. These guys were given boys by the Government that they sexually abused yet they are about to get let free on a please deal.
I´d bet you a nickle that Pope Benedict gave his "permission" to have Mahoney relieved of his public duties. Mahoney is s slug. Good riddance. It will take a long time for the church in the USA to recover and get rid of the likes of him. Arrogant cleric!
An example of how one priest was mishandled. He is now serving ten years in prison.
But between the time Mahony and Curry were aware of him and plotted to cover his misdeeds and the time he came to justice, he went on to abuse a number of other children.
Here is a memo from Curry to Mahony about the problem of Baker and what to do with him. Mahony, in a handwritten note at the bottom, with exclamation mark, agrees wholeheartedly with Curry´s suggested "solution":
It is indeed a horror what happened to children by individuals that are suppose to behave beyond any possiblity of suspicion and ill. Be all that as it may, Card. Mahoney may have a certain pomposity to him but given the 70´s and 80´s and early 90´s the prevailing thoughts were to just move these weirdo priests around and hope for the best. Of course that didn´t work and could never work. Thank God things have changed in terms of dealing with pervert priests and with justice that has to be meted out. But let me say one thing about the ignorant comments by many on this site and particulary to #3. Benedict was NOT the Pope during the time of all of this and when Mahoney was shuffling perverts and pedophiles around. And further, idiotic comments about operations or two needed to fix things is about as appropriate and rational as what some Catholic bishops did with pedophile priests during those 70´s and 80´s. And finally, I do believe that there is value and meaning to the requirement of celibacy, and the celibacy requirement should not change because of a small, small percentage of bad, evil men.
#3, there are over 400,000 Catholic priests world-wide, and the number of religious brothers and religious sisters, is about twice that. No, these million-plus personnel files are not in Rome. They are in the hands of bishops --- and/or, in the hands of the religious superiors of orders such as Benedictines, Franciscans, etc. Its´ the bishops that have the effective (or ineffective) supervisory role here, not the Pope.
The Church has no detectives, no PI´s, no surveillance network, no civil/criminal law enforcement. All the Pope would know is what the bishop tells him, or what´s reported in the press.
Funny how people who don´t think the pope is infallible, nevertheles think he is omniscient.
Information from the archives can be instructive. From the Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2002:
Pope John Paul II on Monday summoned all eight U.S. cardinals to Rome next week for an unprecedented closed-door meeting on the burgeoning sexual-abuse scandal in the United States.
Experts were stunned by the announcement because the pope has never called cardinals on such short notice to confer on a single controversy. Only days ago, the Vatican strongly indicated that the pope intended to leave the crisis in the hands of American bishops.
Some U.S. Vatican watchers said they hoped the news meant John Paul is finally realizing the gravity of the scandal. Four weeks ago, the pope declared that guilty priests had succumbed to "the most grievous forms" of evil, but offered no suggestions on practical ways to address the problem. (Snip)
Just Saturday, Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, emerged from meetings in Rome to say the pope "at this point" was relying on American bishops, who have total authority of individual dioceses, to handle the crisis. Gregory said the pope expressed "fraternal solidarity" with U.S. bishops and had been "deeply touched" by the suffering and scandal. But there was no hint of a meeting.
"Obviously, someone over there has decided that maybe they check into this a little bit further," said Father Richard P. McBrien, a Catholic commentator and theology professor at the University of Notre Dame, who has been critical of how the scandal has been handled by the Vatican and U.S. bishops.
Florida is the New Selma, and not for the first time. On a visit to Tallahassee Tuesday, Jesse Jackson "used the phrase ´Selma of our time´--a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s," the Miami Herald reports. By way of explanation, the paper quotes an earlier, ungrammatical comment the septuagenarian would-be provocateur made last month on CNN, where he "talked about an economic boycott to ´isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws.´ "
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. (Snip)The files shed light on one of Snowden´s most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10.
Dream Defenders Executive Director Philip Agnew has said he knew the group would have to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” during its now-13-day sit in at the Capitol. The college activists reached a new level of “uncomfortable” over the weekend – the group said Capitol police stopped food from coming into the building, leaving a group of about 50 protesters with little more than snack items and a few cups of water. Reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicate that´s not accurate.(Snip)phone calls to FDLE in support of the protest shut down the center’s ability
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The family of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has accused the army of abducting him. His daughter Shaimaa told a news conference in Cairo that the family was taking legal measures against the army. Mr Morsi has been held at an undisclosed location without charge since he was removed from power on 3 July. (Snip)One of Mr Morsi´s sons, Osama, said: "What is going on is a violation of human rights and a scandal in every sense of the word."
In the charade that became the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, and in the continuing aftermath of the verdict, there was one thing the American people didn’t get from much of the national broadcast media: fairness. In the hours of continuous coverage that I monitored and recorded, I couldn’t believe the lack of balance in coverage.(Snip)Some news organizations seemed to resist the temptation of balanced reporting from the onset. What happened to investigating stories thoroughly? What happened to balancing a report with all points of view? And what happened to keeping agendas and
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I have to admit, I’m stumped. Either something fairly important happened yesterday in Washington, or as readers of The Dallas Morning News might say, “I have no idea what you mean.” News reports, mostly from the right-of-center media, would indicate a 50-year IRS employee, recently retired as a tax specialist, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Carter Hull, we’re told, said the inappropriate screening of tea party-related applications reached at least the office of the IRS chief counsel, one of two political appointees in the building. You remember the IRS scandal, right?
The brother of Trayvon Martin, whose shooting death by George Zimmerman gained international attention over the past year, is currently serving as an intern for Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., her office confirmed to NBC News. A Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter on July 13. Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self defense. Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton attends Florida International University in Miami, Fla., (Snip) According to Wilson´s office, Fulton is also part of the 5000 Roll Models of Excellence Project.
In 2005 the Florida legislator enacted statute 776.032. “Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.” This immunity statute is often erroneously referred to as Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground (SYG) law, even by lawyers, judges, and law professors who ought to know better.(Snip)In fact, SYG is a different statute entirely, 776.013(3). Although many states have adopted some form of self-defense immunity law, Florida’s is remarkably broad in many respects. It provides not only immunity from both civil liability and criminal prosecution, but even from arrest in instances that lack probable cause
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About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
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