Jan 24 2013

Documents Reveal Cardinal Roger Mahony Covered Up Sex Crimes By Priests

In the same week that Jewish ultra-Orthodox counselor Nechemya Weberman was sentenced to 103 years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl in 2007, documents were released this past Monday showing that Catholic religious leader Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Los Angeles Archdiocese knowingly conspired with other church officials to protect priests who were known to have sexually abused children in the 1980s.

The LA Archdiocese, which is the nation’s largest, had been fighting to keep the documents secret since 2007 when a $660 million dollar judgment was awarded to 500 victims of church sexual abuse. A recent LA superior court judge’s ruling however, ordered the release of 30,000 documents naming the pedophile priests despite the church’s pleas to protect their privacy.

Although all the documents have not yet been released, the ones which have, provide proof that Mahony and Monsignor Thomas J. Curry acted to protect Monsignor Peter Garcia who had bound and raped an 11 year old boy and sexually abused more than a dozen other boys.

Mahony requested that Garcia not be sent to a church run pedophile treatment center because the therapists there are legally bound to report pedophiles to the police. Garcia had specifically targeted boys who were from undocumented families and threatened at least one of them with deportation if the parents dared to speak of what had happened.

Although it appears that Mahony, who has a history of protecting sexual predators in the Church, will be further implicated as more documents are released, legal experts are saying that lawyers may have difficulty charging him due to a statute of limitations on obstruction of justice.

The now retired Archbishop Mahony has apologized for his actions and said, “I have a 3×5 card for every victim I met with on the altar of my small chapel. I pray for them every single day. As I thumb through those cards I often pause as I am reminded of each personal story and the anguish that accompanies that life story.”

GUEST: Joelle Casteix, western regional director of SNAP, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Visit www.snapnetwork.org for more information.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Documents Reveal Cardinal Roger Mahony Covered Up Sex Crimes By Priests”

  1. hrhon 24 Jan 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Think this is something? What if we had access to the reams and reams of documents that have met their fate in the diocesan shredder?

  2. chrison 24 Jan 2013 at 4:21 pm

    organized religion crime syndicates

  3. Amoson 24 Jan 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Does anyone know if Herr Ratzinger has withdrawn “Crimen” and his own “De Delictis Gravioribus” (May 18, 2001).
    These two despicable and satanic pieces of papal and curial Church legislation have provided the foundation of a horrendous, religious, moral, political and criminal conflagration. They have inspired clerical deceit, physical and moral death and decay of peoples’ lives and faith, lies, mental reservations, episcopal coveups, loss of billions of dollars of parishioners contributions, the closing of Catholic schools and churches, public scandal and outrage, and mockery of the Roman Catholic religion.

    Unless and until these two evil, outrageous and reprehensible Vatican prescriptions are withdrawn and publicly burned or buried, and the author of the second resign, there will be no peace, no true admission of guilt by the pope, cardinals and bishops, no episcopal forthrightness, no closure to the upheaval in the Catholic Church or in the lives of all who have been hurt, harmed and affected by the imposition of these two morally putrid documents.

    The sole reason the bishops are loathe to “come clean” is the Damocles Swords of “Crimen” and “De Delictis Gravioribus” that Herr Ratzinger is holding, even today, over their heads.

    Do not believe the lies that these documents concern only the internal form. They are the fundamental driving force behind the debacle we are witnessing today.

  4. gloria sullivanon 24 Jan 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Jesus said ” you did not call me, I called. you” ! Because you. HEARD of HIM in. the rcc., does not mean that they called you, they didn’t!. HE CALLED you.”! You owe nothing to an organization that ” uses Christ ” as a tool to real you in to their evil. spider web.YOU ARE THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST.!Not the Roman evil Vatican with all it’s. manipulating hierarachy that makes their own rules.

  5. Jim Robertsonon 25 Jan 2013 at 9:44 am

    If you want more of the truth about the coverups by the Catholic Church, please investigate SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
    I’m one of the compensated L.A. victims, who has worked very near SNAP since 2002. They are in fact a counter intelligence ploy, a front group created by the Church in the midwest to control victims and our families. And so far SNAP has been uber successful, now they are Internationally effecting how victims are viewed by the media and the public and believe me it’s only benefiting Rome.
    I’ve been an activist in L.A. since my teens and I have never seen anything like SNAP ever. SNAP has no elections rather odd in a movement and no victims know how SNAP’s public policy is decidedand who decides. Victims are never asked for input only bizzare actions.
    SNAP was founded through the sponsorship of Dominican nuns and controlled by a Dominican priest Fr. Tom Doyle.
    I only wish I was nuts. I and other victims who loathe SNAP have been trying to find an investgative reporter and editor to simply do their jobs and really look deeply into SNAP. The cover stories for SNAP and Doyle’s behavior are deep cover but not that deep they can’t be sussed. Doyle in his report to the American Bishops in the ’80’s wrote about the “Project” the secret creation of committees to control victims and our families. And those committees were created: SNAP VOTF and others. Victims have been manipulated since we dialed SNAP’s phone number.
    If you don’t think counter intelligence is possible read about Cointellpro and it’s effects on the Antiwarmovement and the Black Panthers. You think the most reactionary group of men in America are going to not try and control their biggest crisis ever? And what better way to control than by having the perps’ enablers and co conspirators become the “Oldest and largest ” victims voice world wide.
    Ask activist victims how SNAP treats victims. Out of 500+ victims in L.A. only 15 donated any money to SNAP. That should tell you how well SNAP’s “loved” by victims here. The whole thing’s a fraud.
    I can put you in touch with others who know as I do who SNAP really works for. Judge SNAP by it’s actions or lack there of regarding victims. If you only listen to their words they sound fine.
    As would any counter intelligence agency.

  6. Augusta Wynnon 25 Jan 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Cardinal Mahony might better spend his time praying for his own soul, his own anguish over years of betraying the least among us.

    He reminds us how he prays for the victims… whatever would cause him to think that victims want the prayers of a pedophile protecting Cardinal who still believes he belongs on an altar?

    Men with roman collars, like Mahony and his ilk, no matter their rank, who continue to keep pedophile clergy in business are not priests of Our Lord. No matter what they tell you.


  7. Ricardo Toroon 26 Jan 2013 at 12:21 am

    Here in Orange County, in a local blog we are discussing that Mahony should stand trial. However, as stated in the beginning of this article ” legal experts are saying that lawyers may have difficulty charging him due to a statute of limitations on obstruction of justice”.