LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced Thursday night that he has relieved retired Cardinal Roger Mahony of his remaining duties and a former top aide to Mahony has stepped down from his current post, on the same night the church released thousands of pages of personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse.
"I find these files to be brutal and painful reading," Gomez said in a statement, referring to the newly released files made public by the church Thursday night just hours after a judge's order. "The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children."
Gomez announced that he has "informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties."
Gomez also said Thomas Curry, former vicar of the clergy under Mahony who was the cardinal's point person in dealing with priests accused of molestation, has stepped down from his current job as auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese's Santa Barbara region. Curry also issued an apology earlier this month.
The story went on to say that the Archdiocese turned over some 30,000 pages of files without redacting them.
2. What is long overdue is the release of every document from every church in the country.
This is only one example of how the Catholic Church has covered up thousands of cases of abuse. They only respond when a victim has the courage to come forward and sue them. Their policy of now compiling with the law and reporting cases of abuse is nothing more than a sham. As long as thousands of churches keep their sexual abuse files secret I can only have contempt for their actions. The number of cases that have come to light, although being shocking, can only be surmised to be a fraction of the number that they have conspired to never see the light of day. I can't help to wonder how many of these file's fate has been a shredder.