same song, different verse

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 15, 2007

Almost precisely 5 years ago, the spokesman for the Los Angeles archdiocese was providing reassuring quotes for the Los Angele Times

"It is important for the victims, their families and the church to expedite this process and move toward a brighter future," said Tod Tamberg, an archdiocese spokesman. The archdiocese has a zero-tolerance policy for abusers and no priest accused of molestation is in active ministry, he said.

That "brighter future" is now arriving-- at least for the victims and especially their lawyers-- with the archdiocese preparing to cough up over $600,000,000.00

Tod Tamberg, archdiocese spokesman, declined to comment on any settlement details.

"The archdiocese will be in court Monday morning," he said.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 16, 2007 10:54 AM ET USA

    Nearly a billion dollars. When will the gravy train end for Mahony?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 16, 2007 7:24 AM ET USA

    There's a difference between human weakness and actively cooperating with evil.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 16, 2007 12:02 AM ET USA

    hope, what the Apostles did after Pentecost were not the actions of weak men. They had been weak in themselves, but became strong in the Spirit. So, may their Successors, if, like the Apostles, they rely on Grace and not themselves (or apparachiks of various sorts).

  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 11:03 PM ET USA

    On another note, do you think this will dampen next year's Los Angeles Liturgical Conference?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 9:51 PM ET USA

    Gil, "And that one seems to have a lot of worthy successors." Touche' !

  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 6:21 PM ET USA

    Weren't the Apostles chosen because of their weaknesses and very human failings? The Holy Father once said, it's a mystery why God chooses the weak. Indeed.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 6:02 PM ET USA

    Such complicit souls should be removed from office and assigned to a contemplative monastery where they can spend the remainder of their days in obscurity, doing penance for their sins and praying for mercy. St. John Vianney was a Saint and desired no less. God have mercy on us all and give us pastors after His own heart.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 5:46 PM ET USA

    Look at those numbers. Isn't much of that our money, given in obedience and in love? What terrible consequences await those who have befouled the Church. And almost all of them are clergy. Speaking of clergy, our substitute priest today was so disgusting--shouting, singing off-key, blathering--that we're going to attend a Latin Mass next Sunday. Come on, fellow Catholics, let's find ways to stay cheery. I'm going to begin to ignore reality. How about you?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 5:13 PM ET USA

    By the way the amount per victim is about 1.2 million - which is very similar to other payouts. So 5 more years of uncertainty and discomfort for the victims, 5 more years of dragging the name of the church through the mud, 5 more years of lawyers fees, and you end up settling for about the same or maybe even a little more than you could have 5 yrs ago. It makes me think that the Cardinal takes his legal advice and liturgical advice from the same people.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 3:55 PM ET USA

    Vincit, being a successor to the Apostles is no excuse. We are entitled to remember always that only 11 of the original 12 worked out. And that one seems to have a lot of worthy successors.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 1:34 PM ET USA

    Seems to me, based on publicly available info, Cdl. M. is just as complicit as Law and several other personalities who have left the scene.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 12:25 PM ET USA

    Leo XIII, Agreed, esp. because the Card. AB might well be at least negligent in his handling of this to the harm of children and the faithful (even if not criminally so). It would seem the honorable thing to do, even given the fact he's a successor to the apostles in his own right. Or, perhaps he believes he can do more good by remaining in office to promote the true Faith & offer healing to the victims. (btw, would be interested to know what the lawyers "earn" vs. what the victims get.)

  • Posted by: - Jul. 15, 2007 10:05 AM ET USA

    In most [human] organizations, the leader who presides over a disaster of this magnitude loses his job. So how does one explain the difference? Is it the Spirit of Vatican II?