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For a moment, it looked as if Cardinal Roger Mahony, of Los Angeles, might be excluded from the conclave that gathers this week to select a new Pope. Under a settlement with some five hundred plaintiffs, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had been forced to release the records of its dealings with priests accused of sexually abusing children. The settlement was reached in 2007; the Church finally released the records in January. There were twelve thousand pages, and they revealed a by now dispiritingly familiar picture: years of shielding accused priests from criminal charges, and a concern for the reputation of the Church that too often trumped empathy for the victims. Mahony was then the archbishop, and he and other Church officials exchanged letter after letter about one priest, recommending that he stay away from L.A., where he might attract unwanted attention, presumably from the law; he eventually admitted to molesting the children of undocumented immigrants, and allegedly threatened at least one of them with deportation if he told. Meanwhile, the Church provided the priest with residential treatment and a position in another state.
But last week, as Pope Benedict XVI was preparing to step down, Mahony was sending sprightly tweets from the Vatican: “Good weather forecast for this week in Rome; no rain. Mid 50s during the day, upper 30s at night. Great Holy Spirit weather!!”
If you were a football coach and had been molesting young men for decades,and finally brought to light,you pay for it (sandusky?). Why can't a priest or cardinal be held accountable?
^^^ why has Johhny Law(police and prosecutors) ignored these crimes? The law is the same for the pedophile ice-dream man as it is for the child molester priest. The ice-cream man would not get kid-glove treatment,but the priest does,why?
Quote from: 12 Monkeys on March 16, 2013, 02:29:11 PM^^^ why has Johhny Law(police and prosecutors) ignored these crimes? The law is the same for the pedophile ice-dream man as it is for the child molester priest. The ice-cream man would not get kid-glove treatment,but the priest does,why?Perhaps no one filed a police report? I had an uncle by marriage (dead now) who was a child molester. He was a lutheran minister, and he was protected and shuffled around just like the catholic priests have been. No one would press charges, so there was nothing the law could do.