Feds probe Cardinal Mahoney in sex abuse scandal

The Los Angeles Times reports that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles has opened up a probe of Cardinal Roger Mahoney for his role in the sex abuse scandal that rocked the Archdiocese in recent years. Here’s a portion of the story that appears on the Time’s Web site this afternoon:


The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has launched a federal grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in connection with his response to the alleged molestation of children by priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the case.

The probe, in which U.S. Atty. Thomas P. O’Brien is personally involved, is aimed at determining whether Mahony, and possibly other church leaders, committed “honest services fraud” by failing to adequately deal with priests accused of sexually abusing children, said the sources, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

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  • 5th Estate

    Let’s not forget Pasadena’s own Bishop G Patrick Ziemann and his wacky antics.

  • Hmmm…………….

    Why doesn’t the Star News cover this story when both the Times and the Daily news have. Mahony has friends in Pasadena?

  • http://www.sbcountyrecall.com E.T. Snell

    From the walls of justice and common sense comes Father Thomas Doyle within the ranks of the many catholic Priest who are now speaking out, he stands a man of great stature and his commitment to end the cover up of innocent children at the hands of pedophiles is unquestionable and admirable. His past would not bring light to the vows of celiseby but rather the cover-up of 1.000s of victims of some of the most heinous crimes ever known to mankind. Betrayal of trust, violation of the pastoral contract, soul murder, rape, sexual assault, character assassination, slander and financial mismanagement in the name of religion are some of the abuses that people are up in arms about. These issues will not go away, nor will they be rectified unless drastic changes take place, primarily on the part of the church’s leadership

    The stories of victims were similar in each locale. A priest abuser would befriend a family, attaching himself to a minor, grooming him with gifts and friendship, then abusing the unsuspecting child. The response of the church was similar as well. Church officials, bishops and cardinals, would receive reports of abusive priests, transfer them to another parish, tell the families that the incident was isolated and that they would fix the problem.
    In many instances, the families would be instructed not to talk about the abuse and pray for the pedophile priest. In other instances, the victims would suffer in silence and try to cope as best they could with the abuse.
    Their lives were marred with alcoholism, broken relationships, drug abuse, and feelings of inadequacy, suicide, isolation, and loss of faith.
    The Churchs response to the victims has been to deny their abuse, minimize it, attack them for saying something bad about a priest, or telling the victim that the abuse was there fault. Pedophile Priest whistleblower Father Thomas Doyle states that Cardinal Mahoney has done nothing to help victims of pedophile priests

    As the documentary reveals, Pope Benedict XVI led the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (formerly known as the Inquisition) from 1981 to 2005, and one of his duties was to protect children from being harmed by priests. Unfortunately, he did a very poor job, and numerous lawsuits have been brought against the Church as a result. He was “accused of conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse” in the US and was granted “immunity from prosecution” by President Bush.
    The raping of a innocent childs soul can not be measured in dollars and cents but it can be measured in justice and common sense. That is why we need to Lic. and Polygraph all people who regularly come in contact with children.

    ET Snell Founder of BAPP (Bikers Against Pedophile Priest)
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  • Man

    The problem has been escalating in the Archdiocese and around the world since Vatican II. The continued ordination of homosexual priest’s in overflow numbers will continue to be a scandal and blight within the Church, until such time as “Rome” sees fit to end the madness that has been perpetrated by unprincipled and wayward church hierarchy. The reason these bishops have covered up for these homosexual pedophile priests for decades is because “they” themselves are flaming homosexuals! This is a reality and anyone with half a brain stem who has been active in the church and especially if they have ever been a seminarian or former religous can attest too. It has been almost a prerequisite before entrance to the seminary or a religious community that you are gay. The people who are screening you and admitting candidates are homosexuals and despise heterosexual conservative Catholic men and women! The old-boy homosexual network of throwing out the wheat and retaining the chaff, has been going on for decades in this country, and shall we say” the proof is in the pudding”. Scandal after scandal, shame and mockery by the media and cynics of our Church laugh us to scorn and are revelling in the negativity that has been swirling around the Church, due to the horrific actions by a score of men who should never have been ordained in the first place! What powers of discernment do our Catholic leaders have when they continue to see this problem and yet do nothing to ameliorate it. I am a devout Catholic and am repulsed, shamed and disgusted with the leaders of my Church, who have stood by idly while children were violated and there faith destroyed. How dare ANYONE ever blame the child or victim of clergy abuse for speaking out and seeking settlement for these monstrous acts.

  • Marta Alvarez

    The word pedophile strikes me as a euphemism for “child-rapist”. It masks the reality of the crime. Why is it called “rape” when it is done to an adult and “molestation” when it is done to a child? Is it because no one wants to face it? The children who are raped have no defenses if we do not face what has really happened to them. Why do child-rapists have so many defenders? Is it because the defenders are also condoning this strange, repulsive, and horrible behavior? Sometimes I feel like the ones who are caught are just the tip of the iceberg and that the human race is rotten to the core. What is going on? Are we ever going to know the whole truth about this and the Church’s true role in it? It disturbs and scares me but I want to know what is the truth so we can face it.

  • Alex

    I really hope that Cardinal Mahoney and all the other church leaders get what they deserve and that is an eternity burning in the same hell they are responsible for in the ruined lives of so many innocent children. Then they will have plenty of time to be able to think about the atrocious level of their crimes against humanity that they covered up for the perverted priests they protected and allowed them to continue destroying the lives of all the children they were supposed to be protecting. I truly hope the grand jury indicts them and I only wish I could be on the jury to vote guilty and see they pay for their crimes.