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It's a scathing indictment, but today the Los Angeles Times reviewed documents which reveal that Los Angeles Archbishop, Cardinal Roger Mahony, actively and knowing participated in hiding child sex abuse from the authorities in the 1980s. Continue Reading

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  1. Thomas
    2 years ago

    As a faithful Catholic, father to 4 children, 8 grandchildren, in union with my church and her teachings, this breaks my heart. When the Church needs her leaders the most, when the evil is evident through out the world, some of our leaders have brought shame on Jesus, and his Church. I'm constantly remind of the scripture reading that nothing stays hidden. If only our leaders reflected on Jesus's teachings before they make these terrible descisions. My prayers are with our Church leaders, for there job just became much harder.

    Blessed Mother please protect our clery. I will give my priest a hug at church today, they need our support now more than ever.

  2. Peter Wolczuk
    2 years ago

    So, all the focus on sexual abuse of children is focused on the Catholic authourities is it? Sure there's lots of guilt there, even that of keeping accused priests out of the State of California, which I've heard is a crime under federal law all by itself - even if the accused turn out to be innocent. I mean using a state boundary to avoid exposure in the light of truth, which seems to be, not just a violation of Biblical law, but also of secular law.
    But why is it all about Catholic? Sure there's human imperfections in Catholic environments but, this massive pressure on the public to have blinders on - blinders which protect coaches in the secular world; teachers; possibly adults in the boy scout movement (including, not only scout masters but lesbian abusers of girls) Over thirty years ago I personnally witnessed a "volunteer" rob young boy scouts of their property to give that property to some who had wasted theirs; and I did nothing, to my shame.
    Is someone trying to direct focus to one small group to remove protection from children, of both genders from homosexual and, yes, heterosexual abuse of children who are still trying to be children but who are being force fed massive sexuality and being ripped off for a part of their childhood? Basic sex education? Well, maybe okay but, massive sexual and hedonistic propaganda? Not so okay.
    When I followed the residential school exposure here in Canada there was a Protestant church which went bankrupt on the national level in paying off settlements. I don't mention which one because I don't try to single out any one group (like the media seems to be doing) just trying to point out how a narrow focus protects all but one of a broad spectrum of abusers. Are we ever going to stand up for the rights of children of all faiths or, even, those of no faith in the secular communities or ... are we going to allow the media to divert attention away from other destructive perpetrators and their victims? Sometimes I wonder if, any of the media people are getting a piece of this torture and blood soaked pie as a reward for this narrow focus.
    Those who know of other abuses but, do nothing, have a share in the guilt of this assault on children on a global level. Ezekial 33:1-6 and Matthew 18:1-7. I admit that singling out one, or two, quotes doesn't necessarily prove conclusively but, I feel that these fit here if we can remove the plank (and the blinders) from our eyes.
    Even in a homeless shelter; where some of those being sheltered were evicted into the winter cold for merely trying to tell their side of the story when falsely accused; I spoke up against this indirect protection of secular sex offenders when a staff member preached (to a group of us) that we should hate the Catholic Church - and only the Catholic Church, in regard to this matter. I was not evicted thanks to the Glory and the Grace of God. Halleluja! My conscience is clear but, WILL NOT remain so if I choose to sit silently on the sidelines while muckraking is only in one corner as the stench of other muck is ignored.

  3. bunnie foley
    2 years ago

    This is a heinous SIN on the part of the Church. Imagine if I went to Confession and said that I knew of a neighbor who was doing what those priests did. I would be advised to tell the Police immediately ! Under pain of Mortal SIn, lest another child be harmed !
    Very, very sad that Mahony uses the sad excuse that he did not know such a thing could affect a child for a lifetime. What about the subsequent children that were abused. It just makes NO sense. Raised in a strict Catholic home and Catholic Schools, I am completely appalled !

  4. Greg
    2 years ago

    So many hands wants the nails pressed even deeper into the Cross.
    I know, I know, Christ warned us.
    I know, I know, it hurts Him more than me.
    But it does not mean that it doesn't hurt me too.
    I am sadden by this.
    Still, I am fully obedient to my Bishop, no matter 'revelations', and will be disobedient only when asked to sin. Nonetheless, we have the best Bishops Christ can find among us. Oh, how I would like us to be all changed!

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