SHORT COMMUNICATIONS 334
A Matter of Justice
After almost thirty years of stalling and evasive action some form of justice is right around the corner for many of the victims of child sexual abuse by so many Catholic priests during the 1980’s and 1990’s in the Los Angeles California, Archdiocese. At the center of the trail to justice, which will take several long months is retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and the internal disciplinary files of 14 priests that were made public on January 21, 2013. The files that the D. A. has show that Mahoney and top aides maneuvered to shield molester priests from everyone. The Los Angeles D. A. has a real job searching for criminal evidence.
It’s mind-boggling when one realizes just how many Catholic priests have been involved in homosexual child sex abuse as well as some heterosexual child sex abuse since the early 1980’s. What adds to the mind-boggling is so many top aids made sure that none of the scandal ever reached the parishioners or the public, as well as the law officials. Information given out in the print and radio media strongly now reveals that child sexual abuse has occurred throughout the church.
The L. A. prosecutors are reviewing thousands of pages from internal disciplinary files of 14 priests. Some of the documents give strong evidence that Mahoney and a top aide worked together to protect one priest who revealed in therapy that he raped an 11-year-old body and abuse up to 17 other boys. This is only the tip of a very large iceberg. When it all comes out, it’s going to horrendous, indeed.
The Catholic Church in general is very good, wholesome, and beneficial to millions of Catholics. The whole church cannot be condemned because some priests and aides have brought shame and discredit to the church.
The church has learned a most valuable lesson, and it has been the hard way. Now the church has to be on constant guard and always in the future. It has already started with careful seminarian choices, careful procedures in seminaries, and the use of mostly girls as after servers during Holy Masses.
Valuable lessons were learned so that a valuable, correct, and consistent remedy can be maintained, but it wasn’t without considerable pain and disgrace. Cardinal Roger Mahoney is suffering a great deal of that pain disgrace right now as he starts his retirement. It is possible Mahoney was trying to protect the church in general and the parishioners from the internal evil and not the molester type priests.
All Cardinal Mahoney has going for him is the stature of limitations and our prayers. Yes, pray for him that his newly started retirement will not be a rocky road with a criminal judgment against him.