Victim: Cardinal attack is ‘karma’


Victim: Cardinal attack is ‘karma’

John North Tuesday, December 04, 2007

From the link: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local&id=5814429

GLENDALE (KABC) — Major developments on Tuesday in the clergy abuse scandal. As the victims received their first checks from the abuse settlement, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony revealed he’d been attacked by a man enraged by the Catholic Church scandal.

In October, Cardinal Mahony surprised hundreds of priests when he told them he had been injured during an attack outside the cathedral. Eyewitness News is learning about the cardinal’s meeting with the priests just as the first checks were mailed and deposited in the $660 million settlement with victims of priest sex abuse.

Father Joseph Shea of Holy Family Catholic Church, who was at that private meeting, says they were all shocked by the news. Some were surprised Mahony didn’t report the attack to police.

“There’s other people who say an assault is an assault, he should report it,” said Father Shea. “But I can resonate from the feeling our Lord paid the ultimate sacrifice for something he was never responsible for.”

Mahony suffers from health problems that include blood clots. Apparently the beating was severe, though the archdiocese won’t talk about it.

James Robertson was sexually abused by a priest and Catholic brothers when he was a teenager. He is waiting for a check which he says will never pay him for what he is still going through.

Robertson talked to Eyewitness News about the attack on the cardinal.

“I feel sorry for anybody who has been truthfully harmed, but the cardinal’s chickens are coming home to roost,” said Robertson. “This is karma.”

Meantime, Rita Milla got a check for a half-million dollars from the archdiocese for sexual abuse by seven priests when she was a youngster. One of them got her pregnant.

Milla and her attorney, Gloria Allred, say they’ve been fighting the archdiocese over the alleged rapes for more than 20 years.

“I feel that now I can start a new life. Never escape the memories. Always fight the aftereffects of what I went through,” said Milla.

The archdiocese isn’t commenting, but Eyewitness News has talked with two victims of priest sexual abuse. Both, like victim James Robertson, think it’s more than coincidence that Mahoney decided to reveal his beating two months before the checks were mailed. Robertson calls it spin control.

(Copyright ©2013 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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