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Los Angeles Times series on Cardinal Mahony and the abuse scandal

Catholic World News - December 05, 2013

The Los Angeles Times has published a series of articles on Cardinal Roger Mahony and the clerical abuse scandal.

The prelate led the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011.

“In the child sex abuse scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church, Mahony is a singular figure,” the paper reported. “He became the leader of America's largest archdiocese at the very moment the church was being forced to confront clergy molestation. Because he was just 49 when he took office, he was in power for the entire arc of the abuse crisis. Long after peers had retired or died, Mahony was around to face the public's wrath. Because of the unique way abuse lawsuits played out in California, his files on molesters became public while in most other corners of the church, they remain under lock and key.”

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  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - Dec. 08, 2013 9:17 PM ET USA

    Thank God that Mahoney is gone. He was a scandal unto himself. LA is better off.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Dec. 05, 2013 9:21 AM ET USA

    It is really worthwhile to use the link you provide and to read the series. One thing jumps out at me, though. The allegation by many that this abuse started in the days after Vatican II seems untrue. In LA, the abuse could be traced back more than 70 years, decades before the council. Clearly, the "good old days" were anything but good. Underneath the surface appearances of a vibrant and healthy church, there was unseen rot.

  • Posted by: dfp3234574 - Dec. 05, 2013 8:12 AM ET USA

    While Cardinal Mahony's record was not perfect, the Times' portrayal of him is incredible unfair and imbalanced. The Times piece contains absolutely *nothing* new and relevant that has not already been reported ad nauseum by the Times ... From Jan. 2013, please see: http://www.themediareport.com/2013/01/28/cardinal-mahony-la-archdiocese-documents/

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