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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:59 AM

Cardinal Mahony relieved of duties over handling of abuse

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0201-mahony-curry-20130201,0,3889565.story

L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez takes action against his predecessor for his role in the priest sex scandal; another top church official resigns from his post

In a move unprecedented in the American Catholic Church, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced Thursday that he had relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, of all public duties over his mishandling of clergy sex abuse of children decades ago.

Gomez also said that Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Curry, who worked with Mahony to conceal abusers from police in the 1980s, had resigned his post as a regional bishop in Santa Barbara.

The announcement came as the church posted on its website tens of thousands of pages of previously secret personnel files for 122 priests accused of molesting children.

"I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil," Gomez wrote in a letter addressed to "My brothers and sisters in Christ."

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This is huge.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:58 PM

1. I am not a praying person, but I find myself praying that Mahoney receives the

justice he is due and spends the rest of his days in prison.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:17 PM

2. I completely agree. I am hopeful that this is his first step on the road to true justice.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:31 PM

3. 122 priests, thousands of pages in the personnel files...Mahony placed his love of the limelight,

locally (LA is largest US diocese) and nationally, over the lives of countless kids. Good move on Archbishop Gomez' part. This was the most he could do on his own. I hope there is follow-up by other authorities.

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Response to pinto (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:47 PM

4. Agree. He is either very brave or he has the back up of his superiors here

to hang Mahony.

Either way, it gives me great hope that this step has been taken.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:18 PM

5. I am glad that they took this action.

I hope he does not flee to the vatican.

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