Dec 17, 2005

More to testify against Cardinal's pal

Father Michael Wempe, who goes on trial January 17 for allegedly molesting a boy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the early 1990s, will face eight additional accusers in court, the LA Times reported on December 15.

A judge has ruled that the men may testify that Father Wempe molested them decades ago. State law lets prosecutors use testimony about a defendant's past in a current sex-abuse trial. The men are among 13 victims whom Father Wempe has admitted abusing.

Father Wempe was a classmate of Cardinal Mahony at St. John's Seminary. In the late 1980s Mahony moved him to Cedars-Sinai after the accused molester underwent "pedophile treatment." The May 2, 2002, LA New Times said the Cardinal didn't inform hospital officials about the allegations against the priest. Later, stated the paper, Mahony asserted he didn't know Cedars-Sinai had a children's unit. In 2000, the New Times added, Mahony was the star guest at a hospital luncheon honoring Father Wempe, whom the LA Times says prosecutors have branded a "master" child molester.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Barbara said...

"Mahony asserted he didn't know Cedars-Sinai had a children's unit."

I think we should give His Eminence a break on this one. After all, Cedars-Sinai is a small tucked-away unknown dump of a hospital.

http://www.csmc.edu/home.html

(copy and paste the website)

8:04 AM  
Blogger Iosephus said...

A master molester? The LA Times is taking a page out of Malachi Martin's book, by which I mean, the scary conspiracy theory stuff, well, it's obviously true this far: the Archbishop of Los Angeles kept this master molster in contact with children, in this satanic business, for as long as he could.

7:57 PM  
Blogger bobnd said...

I don't give him a break in the least. Bust his ass and make the entire church's Christmas a very merry and bright one

10:34 AM  
Blogger Daniel Muller said...

After all, Cedars-Sinai is a small tucked-away unknown dump of a hospital.

Thanks for my laugh of the day!

4:34 PM  

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