Cardinal Mahony Should Stand Trial


Cardinal Mahony Should Stand Trial

January 24, 2013

From the link: http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2013/01/cardinal-mahoney-should-stand-trial/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cardinal-mahoney-should-stand-trial

“This week’s revelations of deliberate efforts by [Los Angeles Cardinal] Mahony and others to shield abusers from law enforcement authorities are deplorable yet entirely unsurprising. It all fits the M.O. that’s was in place at least through the 1980s:

“Conceal the church’s dirty secrets at all costs. Don’t notify the police when abuse is reported. Keep prosecutors at bay with legal challenges. Avoid reforms until public pressure mounts. And, when all else fails, have Mahony issue a carefully scripted ‘apology.’

“His latest was perhaps his most odious and offensive, with Mahony saying he didn’t fully appreciate the hell victims had been put through until many years later.

“You need years of reflection to realize that the rape, abuse, betrayal and psychological exploitation of children by their spiritual leaders is both devastating and unconscionable?”

This is how Steve Lopez, LA Times columnist, describes the outrage of the recently released documents in a current legal proceeding against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by a victim of a priest.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, describes the relevance of these documents:

“Because of one survivor’s fight in the California Civil Courts against Father Nicolas Aguilar Rivera and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, never seen before documents containing vital evidence of how clergy abuse cases were handled by the Archdiocese are now available for public view.

Portions of the thousands of documents filed in this case are posted on the web site www.abusedinsocal.com. The documents, which were not a part of the documents involved in the 2007 settlements with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, demonstrate that former Archbishop and now Cardinal Roger Mahoney knew from his first days in office that priests under his supervision were sexually abusing children in Los Angeles.

The documents further demonstrate that contrary to Mahony’s past claims, he was intimately involved in handling the sex abuse scandal of priests in Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011 and communicated directly with priest perpetrators and their therapists–just as his predecessors McIntrye and Manning had done before him.

Also included in the documents is evidence that as Archbishop, Mahony worked with his Vicar for Clergy to thwart law enforcement involvement by ordering Pastors to not give Altar Boy lists to LAPD detectives, while at the same time, cozying up to high ranking officers at LAPD Juvenile Division.

And finally, even though Mahony and his Vicars for Clergy were aware of the crimes of the priests, the names of the children, and the names of the families; he did not call law enforcement or child protective services but offered counseling in order to keep his perceived enemies closer.

Mahony, the first native Angeleno to be created Cardinal, now holds the title of Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles.”

A local testimony of this horrible practice was shared by Matthew Carrigan, on July 2012

“…Words really can’t describe what you did to me. The abuse you subjected me to has ripped me apart. Here I stand at 39 years old still trying to heal and piece my life together. I can not ask why you did it, because you’d never be able to answer that question. I wouldn’t want to hear your sick and twisted spin on it like you gave your parishioners . I can not call you a man of god. You are nothing more than a demented monster. A monster that hides under a religious organization who protects you and allows you to continue abusing children even after you have been accused. You stole from me my childhood, my innocence, my trust, my sense of being, my security, my education, my self worth, my sanity. The list goes on and on…”

The Cardinal should stand trial, don’t you think so?

References:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0123-lopez-mahony-20130123,0,2185624.column

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/07/timothy_raemakers_corpus_christi.php

http://theworthyadversary.com/author/jcasteix

http://ianmasters.com/  January 22 interview of Joelle Casteix a spokesperson for SNAP, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

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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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  1. As a faithful, practicing Catholic, I know there is wrong doing in every structure and every culture. What I do not understand is how a member of Opus Dei, as Archbishop Gomez is, would speak out publicly against a Cardinal, a higher ranking member, without acknowledging the Vatican’s comments, or the Vatican’s historical involvement in all of the “ALLEGED” cases. Possibly the vatican asked the Cardinal to do what he did. Americans fail to understand this is the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. The United States is built on White Anglo Saxon Protestant principles – as well as the law enforcement structure – that would do anything to crucify Catholics. Sounds like many of these priests were/are foreigners. Sounds like these some of these victims are followers of foreign priests, and the following families of the alleged victims might encourage their children to do anything for money, power, prestige, citizenship status, etc….Do we scream and yell when Asian/Middle Eastern/third world country families sell there daughters/sons into prostitution because they can no longer afford them, or they need a bargaining chip? It also sounds like the Cardinal inherited these cases and did not want to inflict any more pain on a situation by making anything public. Unfortunately, the WASP system does not understand that – EVERYTHING does not need to be made public. It needs to be kept between those individuals involved. The Roman Catholic Church has its own policing/justice structure and system in place that reaches thousands of miles outside of this country with thousands of years of experience and expertise. Cardinal Mahoney admits he made mistakes – I am sure we all need to be reminded he is human as well. But we also need to remember that he has a multitude of advisors, counselors and attorneys around him. Possibly the biggest mistake he made was trusting those around him early in his career. He isn’t saying he ageed with how anything was handled on cases that occurred decades before his time – he is saying “that is how the decision was made to handle these cases” decades before him. He probably was not in a position, particularly as an Archbishop, to drastically alter the course of what had been established. Does a President step in and radically change everything that the past 200 years of Presidents condoned or did in error? If that was so all former slaves would be compensated & slave owners would be punished; all Native American Indians would be given back their land and those that imprisoned them would now be prisoners in reservations; all Irish, Italian, Jewish & Japanese immigrants discriminated against and persecuted would be able to burn crosses on lawns; all victims of police abuse & injustice by vigilantes first – only then to be subjected to more unjust behaviors upheld in the courts would be able to send their tormenters under the jails …..WASP’s need to stop trying to utilize transference. The Catholic Church in multiple countries have built more hospitals, schools and colleges; educated more people; provided vocations for those coming right out of high school and college and has historically done more multi/non-denominational and non-discriminatory charitable work than any other spiritually guided group in the name of our Lord (and YES – maybe it is because they have the money to do so – but guess what – at least they share the wealth). Cardinal Mahoney has gone to tremendous measures to ensure that youth are safe in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since his term. Sounds like someone internally (yes – there are those power hungry, envious, greedy, vindictive, dissenting personalities in the Catholic Church that we have to continue to pray to reconcile their relationship with God as well), or externally, is trying to create reasons to divide the Catholic Church in our year of renewing Faith.

  2. So let’s see. You believe nothing should be spoken about the systematic rape of children and the cover up of these crimes by it’s leaders of the Roman Catholic Church?

    Sounds to me like you are taking a page out of the Bill Donohue Pig Face President of the Catholic League game book. Blame everyone else, blame the victims, blame the parents of the victims, but leave the people responsible for the cover up of the rapes of children alone and the jackwagons who raped us as children because the Roman Catholic Church will investigate and prosecuted their own through their own system…..hmmmmmm seems to have worked for centuries doesn’t it???????

    • I believe the alleged victims and the accused need professional help. Rome or not, I believe most of those efforts are client-patient privileged; and even the Archdiocese’s records would be attorney-client privileged if they have sought legal assistance for the accused. I believe cardinal Mahoney has not been accused of anything. The victims have accused the priests of everything from inappropriate behavior – to molestation….I can’t say I recall seeing a report about a “specific’ rape case – but I do know the victims were both male and female, contrary to popular rumors. I also know Cardinal Mahoney published a comprehensive report on the accusations and many of the priests were sent back too their countries (which would mean they are to be punished under the laws of their countries – because again – all countries do not handle these allegations the same); or they were sentenced to trial and convicted of a crime & removed of their religious responsibilities; does not sound like anything is being allowed. I also know in our judicial process, again, jurors cannot speak of a case until a verdict is rendered. Possibly some of these cases just ended – or – they know a jury selection would be much more difficult if all kinds of inaccurate information from all the cases were being released. Obviously the jurors weren’t all Catholic clergy – so technically – the accused didn’t even get a jury of their peers – which may explain why Rome is so involved. I am sure there are many that would still love this to escalate into a witch hunt…I see the number of reports rose significantly – even though the alleged actions occurred 10, 20, 30 years ago, right after Cardinal Mahoney was appointed. Seems like dollar signs are glistening for a lot of people…..why weren’t these allegations reported under the L Bishop/Cardinal of that decade?

  3. Honestly go fuck yourself.

    I would LOVE for you to say to my face that I am doing this just to get a payday. You low life piece of shit. I would love for you to have the balls to come here to NH and say your spew to my face. Oh just make sure your life insurance is paid off and your will is written out before you make such a trip because I am going to shove the RCC Catechism right up your ass.

  4. Whoa, wait a minute, you are saying because the jury was not loaded with Roman Catholics that the jackwagons do not get a fair trial? Why should any Roman Catholics even be on the jury…so they can acquit one of their own?

    Wow, it is assholes like you AMW that just makes me want to see the whole Roman Catholic Church destroyed and buried.

    This church has a rich history of incredible evil. Hundreds of millions slaughtered, butchered, tortured by the Roman Catholic Church. Tens of thousands of children like me, raped and tortured by it’s priests and nuns.

    Pagans, Native Americans, all had genocide committed against them by the Unholy Roman Catholic Church.

    When I say there is a church of pure, unmitigated, incredible evil, it is the Roman Catholic Church.

    Oh and love all your perverted past Popes too. They sure loved raping children and women, committing all kinds of atrocities against people, orgies, thefts, robberies.

    What a bunch of scum you associate yourself with in regards to the Unholy Roman Catholic Church. Too bad Constantine didn’t get his head chopped off before he had his stupid vision and destroyed humanity by making the bloodiest and most evil religion on the face of the earth come to be. The Christian religion.

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