The LA Document Disclosure and Hierarch Resignations

Feb
01
2013
Blog: Jeffrey R. Anderson | 7:50 AM          

While better late than never as the saying goes, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles today continued to preserve its own reputation at all costs. Simultaneous to releasing 12,000 damning documents that illustrate decades of concealment, cover up and deliberate, reckless disregard for the safety of children in the Archdiocese, the Archdiocese made public the resignation of Bishop Curry and Cardinal Mahony from any public ministry. ARoger Mahony.jpgfter fighting in court against the release of these documents for over six years, it is incredibly disingenuous of the Archdiocese to now make news of the resignation of these two officials. The resignations are an empty gesture, a hollow attempt to right decades of horrific wrongs by these two hierarchs and many others.

 

In the end, survivors have triumphed. What is finally made public this evening by court order, as a provision of the 2007 settlement, is a long time coming for the survivors, their families and those survivors who have yet to come forward. 12,000 documents, encompassing the secret files on all of the credibly accused priests within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, these documents expose the truth; they unveil a concerted conspiracy to deny, minimize and conceal, to preserve the reputation of the Archdiocese over the safety of children at all costs.


Jeff Anderson is an attorney and advocate working with survivors of clergy sexual abuse at Jeff Anderson & Associates.

Comments (4)

Bonnie Metcalf | 2/11/2013 | 10:14 AM

Thank you Mr. Anderson and your fine team, so very, very much, for the many years of hard, dedicated work that heavily assisted in bringing out the truth, and for justice for the victims. The Chief Apostate, the head of the RCC has announced his intended resignation today, he claims, because he is "infirm" but we know the real reason.

Anonymous | 2/1/2013 | 2:12 PM

Finally the ugly truth is being exposed, finally the victims may feel validation, and finally these church officials might be held responsible for covering these sex crimes, so that no other child is sexually abused again. But this is curious.....How is it possible that Cardinal Mahony (who deserves to be prosecuted for covering up sex crimes against innocent kids) can be removed of his duties.?....And yet convicted criminal KC Bishop Finn can not..? They make up their own rules.. which is so sad for all the victims of clergy sex abuse..Keep in mind, the LA Archdiocese is not unique in how they handle sex crimes against kids. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com, (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

Augusta Wynn | 2/1/2013 | 10:17 AM

Thank you, Mr. Anderson, for all you do for justice sake. Mahony, Curry and their cowardice ilk belong in prison. AW

James F Moran | 2/1/2013 | 9:30 AM

As a priest as well as being a victim of clergy sexual abuse the actions of Bishop Gomez are too little, and too late. When I experienced my flashback in the fall of 2001 I was totally unaware of what was brewing in Boston. While I am a Boston priest, I had served in the USN as a chaplain and had retired in 1997. I chose NOT to return to Boston -- I did not know exactly why, but I knew I was not comfortable there. What kept me from returning was the slow realization that I had been raped. The theology training I had received in the seminary has me "intimately" associated with the hierarchy. Theologically I am an "extension of" the bishop (or apostle.) In essence I am one of them in that I represent all that they say and do. After my flashback I went into counseling. I struggled to remain in ministry but it was becoming harder and harder. Each day that I read about Mahony's antics in the courtroom trying to evade the release of information or documents pushed me into a corner. I

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