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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06: Cardinal Roger Mahony (L) talks with his successor, San Antonio, Texas Archbishop Jose Gomez (2nd L), during a news conference at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on April 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Gomez, 58, will take over the archdiocese of Los Angeles when Cardinal Mahoney retires.(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

By Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine, Jan. 25, 2019

What message is sent to victims of priest sex abuse that Cardinal Roger Mahoney will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Los Angeles Archdiocesan Education Conference, the largest Catholic gathering in the country?

Exactly five years ago, Archbishop Jose Gomez stripped Mahoney of all administrative and public church duties. Why? Gomez was nice about it, but he said, “My predecessor … has expressed his sorrow for his failure to fully protect young people entrusted to his care.”

At that time, the Archdiocese had released personnel files of more than 100 clergy who committed sexual abuse. It was a 2007 lawsuit that forced open the files. Note that. Six years of a lawsuit to get L.A. to open the files. Mahoney had been the Ordinary of the Archdiocese for all of that time, indeed for 26 years starting in 1985.

Cardinal Mahoney’s shoddy handling of sexual abuse began when he was Bishop of Stockton, California when a parent accused a priest of molesting his two sons…..Read entire article here: