Oct 18, 2005

Alleged victim demands Mahony's resignation

THE MERCURY NEWS reports ...

LOS ANGELES - A woman who claims she was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest as a child in the 1970s called for Cardinal Roger Mahony's resignation Monday, a week after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released summaries of personnel records of dozens of accused priests.

The archdiocese posted the documents, which detailed allegations of past abuse, on its Web site early last week after a state appeals court ruling cleared the way for the disclosure.

Jackie Dennis, 44, said Mahony had ignored 85-year-old George Neville Rucker's 40-year history of alleged abuse against dozens of girls, allowing "him to retire in good standing" almost two decades ago.

"Cardinal Mahony has patted Rucker's back, when he knows Rucker committed felonies against children," Dennis said.
The Cardinal's spokesman, Tod Tamberg, said that ...

... he considers Dennis a "brave woman" and is horrified by her story.

"I think, however, that what happened in the '70s is not how the church would handle it today. I think Cardinal Mahony has been at the forefront of making the church a safe place for young people."

3 Comments:

Blogger Clayton said...

Todd is astonishing.

Obviously, the Cardinal's convenient month-long hiatus in China is evidence of his desire for transparency and a proactive approach to the crisis....

5:48 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Tod Tamberg: putting the hole back into spokeshole.

Is there any wonder John and Ken rant and rail as they do?

10:20 AM  
Blogger ahdiva said...

I AM THE OLDEST SISTER OF JACKIE DENNIS, IT IS QUITE AMAZING TO ME THAT JACKIE SAID SHE WAS MOLESTED DAILY.....THAT WAS A TOTAL LIE. MY SISTER IS AN OPPORTUNIST AND HER AND HER FRIENDS SAW AN OPPORTUNITY AND JUMPED ABOARD. WE ALL ATTENDED SAINT AGATHAS IN THE 70'S AND I REMEMBER FATHER RUCKER VERY WELL. JACKIE CLAIMS SHE WAS SO DEVASTATED BY SOMETHING THAT OCCURRED BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT JACKIE WAS INDEED MOLESTED BUT BY MY MOTHERS FRIENDS AND A RELATIVE. SHE SEES AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEIZE A FORTUNE BY BLAMING IT ON FATHER RUCKER. JACKIE IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN ONE TO MAKE UP STORIES AND CONVINCE YOU THAT IT WAS THE TRUTH. SHE IS THE GREATEST LIAR I HAVE EVER MET IN MY LIFE. SHE CARES NOTHING ABOUT LYING ON ANYONE IF SHE SEES FINANCIAL GAIN FOR HERSELF. I THINK IT IS INTERESTING HOW SHE RETURNED TO SAINT AGATHA'S CHURCH FOR MANY MANY YEARS HAPPILY. IF THIS ABUSE TOOK PLACE, THERE IS NO WAY A VICTIM COULD RETURN TO A PLACE THAT HAD HARMFUL MEMORIES. JACKIE CONVINCED HERE FRIENDS AND TWO OF MY SISTERS TO JUMP ON BOARD. I AM THE OLDEST AND COULD NOT EVEN GET INVOLVED WITH THAT LIE THAT WAS TOLD. I HAD TO CARE FOR ALL OF MY SIBLINGS SINCE I WAS 8 YEARS OLD, I WAS THE BABYSITTER, WE ALL WALKED HOME FROM SCHOOL TOGETHER EVERYDAY. I NEVER EVER SAW ANY STRANGE BEHAVIOR FROM FATHER RUCKER, I AM NOT AN OPPORTUNIST AND WOULD NOT JOIN FORCES WITH THE MOLESTATION ALLEGATIONS.

7:38 AM  

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