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Archbishop Gomez Relieves Cardinal Mahoney of Public Duties, Accepts Resignation of Bishop Curry Comments

There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers, and they failed.We need to acknowledge that terrible failure today. We need to pray for everyone who has ever been hurt by members of the Church. And we need to continue to support the long and painful process of healing their wounds and restoring the trust that was broken. Continue Reading

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  1. Gerald Poulin
    2 years ago

    Bishop Gomez: Please relieve Mahomey and Currie of all duties and contacts with the faithful. Shame on the Pope if he keeps these men in their roles and lets them minister to the Faithful in any way. GLP

  2. Albert
    2 years ago

    Just disgraceful. They should be relieved of ALL duties.

  3. John Kauffman
    2 years ago

    This repremand of sorts comes a little late! What has the Pope done or said about htis matter? Many faithful are loosing thier trust in the magisterium when there is silence in such matters.

  4. aloysius
    2 years ago

    The declaration of Archbishop Gomez denouncing these atrocities is wonderful to see. Unfortunately, the follow-up clarification calling Cardinal Mahoney and Bishop Curry as in "good standing with the archdiocese of Los Angeles" and "able to minister to the faithful without restriction" is nauseating. This is why public perception of the catholic church's handling of the sex abuse scandal is appropriately negative. We loose church members daily because of this illogical two-handed approach.

  5. robert matzinger
    2 years ago

    This shame and immense stain on oiur Church and what we believed to be our leaders, our priests, bishops, Cardinals, will end when the last child abuser among us is exposed and properly dealt with by the proper legal authorities.

    Who knows when that day will come though as it seems the horror and shame of it all runs deep. But we have to somehow keep our faith in our Church andin our leaders, our priests, bishops and Cardinals even though we no longer can be sure which ones deserve our faith. And yet we know that the good in our church and it's leaders far far out weigh any of the bad..

  6. Alice
    2 years ago

    I agree with Theresa about the "Scandal" issue... found by the Fathers to facilitate the "Greater Good" of the children, priests, and the Church. Whether you agree or not w/ Cardinal Mahoney's and The Church's decisions, they were made prayerfully and in good faith. To "chastise" him now after a possibly "politically motivated" retirement is pandering . What other good does it do to relieve the Cardinal from his administrative duties, NOW ?

    I would think the Bishop would stand up for the church and the Cardinal's good faith ( and probably collaborative ) decisions--- not to diminish his reputation.

    In case I am misunderstood, my comments do not diminish my contempt for the damage done by priests, preachers, and other pedafiles.

  7. Tom McGuire
    2 years ago

    Power corrupts. All the excuses given are attempts to avoid moral responsibility. The laity are not free of blame. What serious action did the laity take even after the news of the crimes against children became public? Sin is sin crime is crime, as those who preach dictatorship of relativism repeatedly emphasize. There was never any doubt the action of bishops avoided moral responsibility to take action that would have protected children from harm.

    The clerical system, that contributed to these sins and crimes, needs to be reformed. Bishops must be held accountable for their actions. There is a role for the laity in calling bishops to accountability. Catholics can no longer accept the moral corruption of bishops.

  8. KarlVDH
    2 years ago

    If a shepherd allows, through negligence, the sheep in his charge to be devoured by wolves, and then covers up the bloody evidence to keep it secret, he is no shepherd; if discovered, the land owner or lord for whom he works will fire him and cast him out.
    There is no acceptable explanation for either of these men- failed, dishonest shepherds- to retain ANY standing. This is an absolute disgrace.

  9. Theresa H
    2 years ago

    Reading the comments, all I can think is that when these events occurred (mostly some years ago) the menatlity of the Bishops was more of a concern over the scandal a (comparatively-speaking) few priests' shameful/terrible behavior toward children, especially, would bring to the Church. I don't think it was so much a matter of protecting the priests, as an endeavor to spare the Church the disrepute/scandle it would bring to her and to the Priesthood over all. (Which it has, indeed, done--nonetheless....) Today, as the observations below seem to indicate...people want everything made public--Perhaps something like in the early Church (?), when the Penance for everyone's grave sins was to sit in sackcloth and ashes at the Church door and publically beg pardon for their sins....

  10. Susan
    2 years ago

    WHY, WHY are they still Bishops in "good standing??"

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