Cardinal Mahony Defends Record in Italian Paper

Cardinal Mahony Defends Record in Italian Paper
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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles staunchly defended his  record on dealing with sexual abuse in the church in an interview published by  an Italian newspaper Tuesday.

Mahony, who has been criticized for moving predator priests from posting to  posting, told Corriere della Sera that “after 20 years, people are talking  about  abuse as if we had not done anything. However, since 2002, we have had  our  program Protecting the Children, in which we illustrate procedures and the  guidelines of our zero-tolerance policy that allows no possibility, for  example,  of anyone found guilty of abuse of minors working for the  diocese.”

Mahony, who in recent months has refused requests for interviews with the Los  Angeles Times, was publicly rebuked in February by current Los Angeles  Archbishop Jose Gomez in connection with his handling of sexual abuse  cases.

The cardinal, who is in Rome ahead of the conclave to elect the successor to  former Pope Benedict XVI, described to the Italian paper his approach to abuse  in earlier years, saying: “I had not understood the real nature of the problem,  that people who commit abuse — not only in the church — continue to commit  their  crimes. These things were not so well understood then as they are  now.

“Anyone who looks at the psychiatric and psychological literature then will  see that I applied the professional approach suggested for all institutions. We  tried to follow the best practices of the period.”

Mahony said he subsequently set about building a network of safeguards  against abuse, including the hiring in 1994 of a retired judge to head a Sexual  Abuse Advisory Board for the Los Angeles archdiocese.

“My rather painful mistake was to not apply the work of that committee to  previous cases. I was more focused on new cases. However, that was an error I  completely rectified in 2002,” Mahony said.

Mahony said that after a meeting of bishops in Dallas that year, he hired  ex-FBI agents to investigate abuse accusations, and instituted background  checks  on applicants to work with children in church institutions.  Fingerprinting had  been undertaken for a decade, he added.

He said he would be seeking to share his experience of tackling abuse with  fellow cardinals attending the conclave.

Los Angeles Times



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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.

Posted on March 7, 2013, in Archbishop Jose Gomez, Cardinal Mahony, Cardinal Roger M Mahony, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Pope Benedict, Pope Benedict XVI, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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