Cardinal Sins- Roger Mahony responsible:$740 million litigation costs

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Los Angeles Times By Victoria Kim

February 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles Archdiocese has settled what officials said is the last of its pending priest molestation lawsuits, bringing to a close a decade of wrenching abuse litigation that cost the Catholic Church more than $740 million.

The church reached the $13-million agreement with 17 victims last week, on the eve of a trial scheduled to begin Feb. 14 over the alleged acts of Father Nicolas Aguilar-Rivera, a visiting cleric from Mexico who police believe molested more than two dozen boys over a mere nine months in 1987.

Eleven men, who were ages 7 to 12 when they were allegedly abused by the priest, were scheduled to appear in court to argue that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and his aides had allowed the priest to flee in the days before police were notified.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-la-church-settles-final-priest-abuse-case-740-million-spent-20140218,0,7997563.story#ixzz2u0UKMKzk

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SEE Documentary about Roger Mahony and the pedophile priests he shuffled: Deliver Us from Evil 

 

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Mahony responds to ban: ‘Not once’ did successor raise questions

Joshua J. McElwee |  Feb. 1, 2013

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Today Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles who was barred from public ministry by his successor over his handling of sex abuse, has issued a rare public response to the action.

Writing an open letter to Archbishop Jose Gomez, the archdiocese’s current leader, Mahony states that during his leadership the archdiocese became “second to none in protecting children and youth.””When you were formally received as our Archbishop on May 26, 2010, you began to become aware of all that had been done here over the years for the protection of children and youth,” Mahony writes to Gomez in the letter, which Mahony has made available on his personal blog.
“You became our official Archbishop on March 1, 2011 and you were personally involved with the Compliance Audit of 2012 — again, in which we were deemed to be in full compliance,” Mahony continues.

“Not once over these past years did you ever raise any questions about our policies, practices, or procedures in dealing with the problem of clergy sexual misconduct involving minors.”

Mahony, who became archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985 and was made a cardinal in 1991, was replaced by Gomez in 2011.

Typically seen as shying away from public criticisms of their peers, Catholic bishops rarely issue public responses to one another’s actions.

In a letter outlining his decision to ask Mahony to stay away from public ministry in LA, Gomez wrote Thursday that Mahony had failed to protect young people from sexually abusive priests.

The Gomez letter accompanied a release of extensive files concerning Los Angeles priests who had abused minors, most involving abuse that had occurred decades ago.

“I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed,” Gomez wrote.

“My predecessor, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, has expressed his sorrow for his failure to fully protect young people entrusted to his care,” he added. “Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties.”

For his part, Mahony states in his letter to Gomez that Mahony’s understanding of sex abuse evolved over the years….”images

Famed expensive Los Angeles Cathedral…how much, Cardinal Mahony?

Carved Wood Door
How many Cardinals does it take to

sweep a scandal under the papal carpet?

Cardinal Sins:

You’ve got Levada, Mahony, Law…

and the very long, very sad,  list goes on…

Fame or Shame?

Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony – builds the Cathedral Called “Rog Mahal”

Rog Mahal – aka The LA Cathedral was pricey – from Wikipedia:

The prices for some cathedral furnishings have also caused consternation. $5 million was budgeted for the altar,

  • the main bronze doors cost $3 million, 
  • $2 million was budgeted for the wooden ambo (lectern)
  • and $1 million for the tabernacle. $1 million was budgeted for the cathedra (bishop’s chair),
  • $250,000 for the presider’s chair,
  • $250,000 for each deacon’s chair,
  • and $150,000 for each visiting bishops’ chair,
  • while pews cost an average of $50,000 each.

The cantor’s stand cost $100,000 while each bronze chandelier/speaker cost $150,000.[6] The great costs incurred in its construction and Mahony’s long efforts to get it built led critics to dub it the “Taj Mahony”[11] and the “Rog Mahal”.[12]

The Cardinal: Hollywood Real Estate magnate?

 

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Cardinal Mahony: He Blogs, he is on Facebook and he will not  talk about shuffling the inappropriate priests from one parish to another for decades.

See Cardinal Mahony in the disturbing and

insightful Award Winning Documentary:

Deliver Us from Evil

Mahony may not go down in Catholic history

as a real estate magnate – but as a man who looked the other way – time and time again -

as priests, under his watch, repeatedly abused children. He shuffled  pedophiles from parish to parish…is infamous for it.

Deliver us from Evil

” German Bishop Spends Millions gets Expelled by Pope”

“Pope Francis has suspended indefinitely  German Roman Catholic Bisop Van Elst – known as the “luxury bishop” from his diocese for spending $43 million to decorate his residence- aka The Palace.

“The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst,” the Vatican said in a statement on Wednesday.”

Hey, guys….What happened to that vow of poverty?

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