NOT on Breaking news Catholic abuse files opened by court order ! Jehovah's Witnesses abuse files next?

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  • Balaamsass

    LA archbishop relieves retired cardinal of duties

     Court orders church to release files: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, headquarters for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, on Jan. 21. IMAGE AP Photo: File. Court orders church to release files: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, headquarters for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, on Jan. 21. IMAGE AP 2 hr ago By Gillian Flaccus share 0tweet 4 email

    Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony was relieved of his remaining duties at the same time as the Los Angeles Archdiocese was releasing thousands of pages of files relating to priests accused of sex abuse.

    LOS ANGELES — 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.

    Both men issued public apologies earlier this month.

    Earlier Thursday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias ordered the diocese to turn over some 30,000 pages from the confidential files of priests accused of child molestation without blacking out the names of top church officials who were responsible for handling priests accused of abuse.

    The judge gave the archdiocese until Feb. 22 to turn over the files to attorneys for alleged victims, but they were released almost immediately.

    The archdiocese had planned to black out the names of members of the church hierarchy who were responsible for the molesting priests in the documents and to instead provide a cover sheet for each priest's file, listing the names of top officials who handled that case. The church reversed course Wednesday after The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and plaintiff attorneys objected in court.

    The archdiocese had also planned to black out handwritten comments on the files inked by recently retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and to provide them in typewritten form instead.

    A record-breaking $660 million settlement in 2007 with more than 500 alleged victims paved the way for the ultimate disclosure of the tens of thousands of pages, but the archdiocese and individual priests fought to keep them secret for more than five years. The AP and the Los Angeles Times intervened in court in January because the 4.3 million-person archdiocese intended to release the files with the names of top officials, including Mahony's, blacked out.

    A first round of 14 priest files made public in Los Angeles nearly two weeks ago showed that Mahony and other top officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark about sexual abuse in their parishes. Those documents, released as part of an unrelated civil lawsuit, were not redacted and provided a glimpse of what could be contained in the larger release.

    Court orders church to release files: File photo of Cardinal Roger Mahony. IMAGE AP Photo: File . Court orders church to release files: File photo of Cardinal Roger Mahony. IMAGE

    The files, some of them dating back decades, contain letters among top church officials, accused priests and archdiocese attorneys, complaints from parents, medical and psychological records and — in some cases — correspondence with the Vatican.

    Mahony, who retired in 2011 after more than a quarter-century at the helm of the archdiocese, has publicly apologized for mistakes he made in dealing with priests who molested children.

    It was unclear how quickly the archdiocese would turn the files over to plaintiff attorneys.

    Similar document releases in other dioceses, including Boston, have shown top church officials shuffled molesting priests from parish to parish, failed to call police and kept parishioners in the dark about the growing scandal

  • Tylinbrando

    We need to get this done.

  • nibbled

    I'm pretty certain they have no "abuse files".

    Meaning they've never admitted to it, therefore they don't exist.

    Remember, they "recycle" your record every so many years.

    However, please, tell me I'm wrong!

    I was surprised, because I actually believed that they cleared your record every 7 years and recently found out that that's just what they say.

    Ugh. I'm tired, point is, they'll claim they have no records to release, and yes they have.

    I also understand as far as the catholic church case goes that though they'll have the records apparently statue of limitations is an issue.

  • Balaamsass


    The Pedo files kept at the Service department and PR department are very extensive and go back many years. Check-out Barbra Anderson's site, and her research and public records of Child abuse.

    Since you live in the Bay Area of California, you will find of particular intrest the case of James Henderson, The Presiding overseer of the Red Bluff California congregation and his string of young victims throughout northern california. He sodomized children and young adults as an Elder from the Tahoe area to the edge of the Bay Area. He was re-appointed repeatedly as an elder in various AFTER getting busted for child abuse over and over again. The court documents and copies of the letters between the Service desk, Elders, Circuit Oveseers, and Service Department are ALL there. Many of the victims got about 800K each and signed gag orders.

    Good read- and exposes the corruption at WTBTS.

    Civil cases have different Statute of Limitation requirements in California and have been changing. "Ongoing" situations have special rules as well.

  • Band on the Run
    Band on the Run

    I heard Cardinal Mahoney lecture on immigration reform several years ago. Some campaign was going on to restrict abortion choice and I viewed him as an enemy. He was so articulate about immigration reform that I was shocked. I admired him. Of course, I did note that he had decent clothes and the priests in the audience were wearing thread bare clothes.

    The press keeps reporting this on the front page, day after day. All his good work is wiped out. The NYT said it is extremely rare for one bishop to criticize a predecessor bishop. Certainly, at the time I heard him speak, the abuse of pedophiles in the church had been raised publicly for quite a while.

    What did he think would happen? I wonder if both the WT and the RC church, which have so much in common, don't suffer from being such syncophants to authority. He could have hired a pr firm to handle the matter and made contrite statements of regret on TV. I am certain Larry King or someone would have given him the platform. Indeed, he could have done Sixty Minutes.

    Imagine all the money the LA diocese will pay out in judgments and settlements. His pet cause, immigration reform, will be hindered from the stigma he faces. The money that could have gone to the poor will pay for liability judgments.

    My personal encounter with him makes this poignant. He did not seem evil ==but his deeds were.

  • mind blown
    mind blown

    Well things have been pretty quiet as of late re JW's.....but from what we've heard here.....there should be a shit storm in the near future......

  • besty

    Interesting the timeline from settlement to shitstorm was 5 years - time will tell if the Watchtower Society is more humble than the Catholic Church when it comes to acknowledging its role in creating a paedophile paradise.

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