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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.