Nov 26, 2005

Mahony should be thankful he still has a job

LOS ANGELES TIMES' Steve Lopez ...

The archdiocese, now led by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, has been sued by more than 560 people for allegedly failing to protect children from abuse. Mahony refuses to turn over the files of accused priests despite demands from investigators.

This hasn't been a particularly good year for His Eminence. Prosecutors reopened a child-abuse investigation of a priest who remained in the ministry after telling Mahony he had molested children.

The priest, Michael Stephen Baker, reported his crimes to the cardinal in 1986. Rather than call the police, Mahony sent Baker for treatment, and he was later assigned to nine different parishes. Four of his alleged 23 molestations occurred after his confession to Mahony.

The cardinal removed Baker from the ministry in 2000 but didn't bother calling police until 2003.

The attorney for another former Los Angeles Archdiocese priest admitted last week that his client had molested 13 boys in the 1970s and '80s. The priest, Michael Edwin Wempe, is one of at least three priests accused of molesting children after Mahony sent them to therapy and then put them back in business ...

"For decades we've seen victims blamed, salacious journalists blamed, greedy civil attorneys and prosecutors blamed," [SNAP spokesperson, Mary] Grant said. "The root cause of this is not whether a priest is gay or straight, or even a child molester. It's because of the complicity of bishops who aided and abetted [molesters] and continue to aid and abet them."

On this holiday weekend, we can thank the Lord someone is willing to tell it like it is.

And church leaders, including Cardinal Mahony, can be thankful they've still got their jobs.

Read the entire piece HERE.


Anonymous Juan from Salinas said...

Oh my God.

Three years to call the police???

makes me almost glad (but not happy) that I live in the Diocese of Monterey. I know my little Diocese needs a shot of vitamin B-16, but perhaps LA needs it a bit more.

The Franciscans in Assisi just got smacked. Perhaps LA will get its chance soon?

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so explain why Law is out of Boston but Mahony is still in LA?

8:49 AM  
Blogger CS said...

Perhaps part because the media loves their libby friend Rogie and doesn't push after him as hard as they did the (relatively) more conservative Law.
Also, Law got nailed back at the absolute height of the feeding frenzy and Raj's misdeeds have been leaking out more recently.

8:47 PM  
Blogger CS said...

I mean to say, we didn't (number-wise) hear so many reports about Mahony's legal troubles back a couple years ago when Law was the story of the day.

8:51 PM  

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