The man responsible for the spiritual rape of thousands of innocent Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has been effectively suspended by the present ordinary for years of sexual abuse cover-up. Today it was announced that Abp. Jose Gomez has suspended Card. Roger Mahony from participating in any further administrative or public Church duties. According to information provided by the archdiocese, Card. Mahony and Bp. Thomas Curry (LA auxiliary and vicar for clergy) exchanged memos in the mid-1980s detailing strategies on how to impede police investigations of abusive priests. This is probably the most detailed and direct evidence made available to date concerning episcopal cover-up of abusive priests.
Abp. Gomez released a statement which contains:
“Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry has also publicly apologized for his decisions while serving as Vicar for Clergy. I have accepted his request to be relieved of his responsibility as the Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara.“
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has released 12,000 pages of files on a shocking 124 priests alleged to have sexually abused minors. This information is available here: http://clergyfiles.la-archdiocese.org/listing.html
What follows is a damning piece of cover-up evidence. Auxiliary Bp. Curry, in a memo to Card. Mahony, discourages an abusive priest from going to a therapist because he might divulge past incidents of sexual abuse. Additionally, the two discuss plans to shuffle this priest on to another assignment.
Cardinal Mahony writes at the bottom of the memo: “Sounds good — please proceed!! Thanks! +RMM”
This scandal in Los Angeles in sickening. I applaud Abp. Gomez for making this public and disciplining Card. Mahony and Bp. Curry. I also applaud him for apologizing on behalf of those who committed this grievous sin. May the next step be the defrocking by our Holy Father of all involved, including the Cardinal.
Please pray for victims of sexual abuse.