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Cardinal Roger Mahony Suspended for Abuse Cover-Up

February 1st, 2013, Promulgated by Dr. K

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.

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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:

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”

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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.

mahony and his liturgical dancers

Threat to Seal of Confession

July 19th, 2011, Promulgated by Hopefull

LifeSite News is carrying the detail on the pressure being exerted in Ireland to pass legislation which would require a priest to break the seal of confession regarding child abuse.  A 5-year prison sentence is threatened for non-compliance.  Some priests have announced they will refuse to comply.  Are we really that far away from a similar attack in the U.S.?  I wonder.  Here is the link to the story:

Why Not All Priests Should Be Treated Equally

April 26th, 2011, Promulgated by Bernie

From the National Catholic Register,

by Joan Frawley Desmond 04/25/2011

PHILADELPHIA — Cardinal Justin Rigali ordered the suspension of 26 priests following a grand jury report that criticized the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for allowing priests with “credible” allegations of abuse to remain in active ministry.

Peter Kleponis and Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, mental-health experts with extensive clinical experience in the evaluation of priests “rightly” and “falsely” accused of sexual abuse, protested the mass suspension.

Read more.



The high cost of Psychobabble

November 27th, 2010, Promulgated by Mike

A non-Catholic has taken on the psychobabble industry in the current issue of The New Oxford Review.

Cal Samra is a former Associated Press and newspaper reporter who served for five years as the lay executive director and newsletter editor of a psychiatric-research foundation. He is currently the editor and publisher of The Joyful Noiseletter, an award-winning Christian humor newsletter.

Samra’s opening paragraphs follow, with my emphasis

The secular press has been in full hue and cry over the clerical sex-abuse scandal in the U.S. and Europe. Many of their criticisms of the Catholic hierarchy’s mismanagement of the situation — transferring pederast and pedophile priests from parish to parish and covering up their crimes — are valid. But, to my knowledge, not a single journalist in either the secular or religious press has had the courage or the objectivity to question and investigate the high-priced psychiatrists and mental-health “experts” who supposedly screened these priests before seminary and before ordination, and who treated them after their crimes and acted as counselors to the bishops who shuffled them around. These so-called experts were the sophisticated folks who devised psychological tests to screen seminary candidates and candidates for ordination — tests that obviously failed. They were the experts who treated pederast and pedophile priests at great cost, pronounced them “cured,” and recommended to the bishops that they be reassigned to another church, where, it was discovered, they were in fact not cured. The psychiatrists simply failed the bishops and took a lot of money but none of the blame. The biggest mistake the bishops made was allowing themselves to be duped by the culture of psychobabble fostered by the news media and Hollywood — which have given uncritical support of psychiatry for decades — and believing the myth that psychiatry is a science.

It’s not as if the Catholic bishops were not forewarned. Many eminent Catholic and Protestant writers, including G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Malcolm Muggeridge, and Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, have challenged and criticized the essentially secular psychiatric establishment for decades. Furthermore, writers of all religious persuasions have expressed concerns about how psychiatry and psychopharmacology were used by Nazis and communists as instruments of state control.

It’s high time someone confronted the “experts” who screened and treated pederast and pedophile priests and asked them some hard questions, such as: What is your view of sexuality? Do you believe that pederasty is sinful? What is your view of religion? Are you a practicing believer, and do you believe that faith has an important role in the healing process?

Much more here.