LA Diocese Covered Up Sex Abuse for Decades
Court documents reveal decades of secrecy
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 22, 2013 7:42 AM CST
In this Sept. 22, 2007 file photo, Cardinal Roger Mahony speaks during an annual multi-ethnic migration Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

(Newser) – The Archdiocese of Los Angeles went to great lengths to cover up decades of child abuse among its priests, and details are emerging in extensive confidential records. Despite Cardinal Roger Mahony's private concerns about the problem, he avoided making it public and sometimes took years to defrock priests involved. In a statement yesterday, Mahony apologized, saying he prays regularly for the victims. Some 20 years earlier, he was offering moral support to the accused, the AP notes.

Alleged abusers were directed to get treatment out of state, where their therapists weren't required to tell police about the offenses, an archdiocese lawyer says. In one case, a molesting priest warned the children of illegal immigrants to stay silent or he'd have them deported; in another, church leadership didn't report an abuser for days, giving him time to get out of the country, according to court documents. The files are part of a lawsuit being settled for $660 million; the settlement will publicize some 30,000 pages of similar documents. The AP has the full story.

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bewilderbeast
Jan 25, 2013 7:00 AM CST
More evidence (for those 'won't-sees' that still need it) of the disgusting criminal abusive sick acts of that disgusting criminal organisation called the Catholic Church. SHAME ON ALL CATHOLIC PARISHIONERS! How much more evidence do you need of the sick perversion of your "leaders"!! Remove your kids from their grasp as quickly as you can, and DON'T give them any more of your money for the children's sake!
jqpabc123
Jan 23, 2013 7:51 AM CST
Religion doesn't necessarily produce morality --- and the Catholic church is the proof.
backpath2
Jan 23, 2013 6:53 AM CST
The Catholic Church is a poisoned well. It ought to be sealed and capped, never to be opened again. If Christ were to return, his first stop would be at the Vatican. It would not be the first time that Jesus lost his temper, and threw people out of the temple. The things done by the Church, in Christ's name, are vile and obscene.