"Mahony is the leader of the pack"
On Monday, Margaret Percival, 64, took the stand. She is the mother of two boys whom Wempe admits molesting and a third who now accuses him of same. When Deputy D.A. Todd Hicks asked her how she felt about Wempe, she bowed her head and wept: "I despise him for what he has done to my children."
Cardinal Mahony assigned Wempe to the chaplain's office at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after having him "treated" at a center for pedo-priests in 1986. At Cedars, alleges Margaret's son Jayson B., then-priest Wempe committed horrific sex crimes against the boy. (Yes, this is the same Cardinal Mahony who is now the Defender of Children and Scourge of Molesters.)
On Monday, "freelance journalist and lawyer" Eric Berkowitz had an op-ed article in the Los Angeles Times defending the Cardinal's request that the U.S. Supreme Court let him keep secret certain documents in his priests' personnel files. In a letter to the editor on Tuesday, Geoffrey Tozer of Los Angeles seemed less than totally persuaded:
"Cardinal Roger M. Mahony is the leader of this child-molesting pack and deserves more jail time than the rest. I think it's called a conspiracy to cover up. It took down Richard Nixon, and it should take down Mahony."
That must have really hurt the Cardinal. Imagine how he felt, being compared to a Republican.