We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $24,070 to go. Your gift will be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

we're on a learning curve here

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 20, 2006

L.A. Catholic notes that former L.A. priest and child molester Michael Baker was arrested yesterday at Los Angeles International Airport on charges of Creation Spirituality with a minor.

Tod Tamberg, a spokesman for Mahony, said Thursday that the archbishop did the best he could with information he had at the time. "Baker was a classic example of how deceptive these kinds of people are. He lied to the archbishop about the nature and extent of his problem, he deceived his therapists, and he deceived the young people who trusted him," Tamberg said. "That is the nature of this compulsion. This wasn't known in 1986. We know it now."

Baker had arrived at LAX returning from a vacation in Nepal. And Thailand.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($24,070 to go):
$25,400.00 $1,330.00
95% 5%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 5 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Cornelius - Jan. 21, 2006 2:27 AM ET USA

    Surprising frankness from the Mahony spokesman, though.

  • Posted by: Meg Q - Jan. 20, 2006 9:21 PM ET USA

    Poor cardinal. One can only do "the best" one can. And he had to learn on the job . . . how gratifying to see how he's learned from his, er, "mistakes".

  • Posted by: - Jan. 20, 2006 5:35 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Mahony has spent 20 years cutting his pastors off at the knees, undercutting thier authority, stripping their canon law rights. Oh yes collegiality for him with the Holy Father but treat the pastors like serfs. Here is the question: would you enter into a handshake deal with Cardinal Mahony that involved you putting up $100? You are a fool if you said yes - 44 years a priest and his word is no good. Sad Sad Sad

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 20, 2006 4:59 PM ET USA

    Leo, How sad that your the result of your substituting the Cardinal's name in the above statement rings so true. Really hard to find anything more to say. Lord, have mercy... we beg You.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 20, 2006 10:08 AM ET USA

    MUTATIS MUTANDIS: "Mahoney was a classic example of how deceptive these kinds of people are. He concealed from the faithful the nature and extent of the problem, he deceived his insurers, and he deceived those who trusted him," Leo said. "That is the nature of this compulsion. This wasn't known in 1986. We know it now."

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

A silent scandal: Catholic schools promoting morally unacceptable vaccines 9 hours ago
A More Militant Church? 9 hours ago
How we'll know if the Vatican and the US hierarchy are serious about deposing negligent bishops 10 hours ago
Final take on the LCWR: A time to plant, a time to uproot 12 hours ago
With the LCWR, has the Vatican taken Gamaliel's advice? 16 hours ago

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - April 21