Cardinal Roger M. Mahony: Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Minors

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony

Ordained: 1962
  • 1962-1964: Graduate studies
  • 1965-1974: Unknown
  • 1975-1979: Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Fresno
  • 1980-1985: Bishop of Diocese of Stockton
  • 1985-2011: Archbishop of Archdiocese of Los Angeles (1991: Cardinal)
  • 2011: Retired
  • 2012-2018: Unknown

By his own admission, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the former archbishop of Los Angeles, tragically mishandled cases of abusive priests while he held leadership positions in the Archdiocese. Documents released as part of the Archdiocese’s 2007 settlement with survivors of child sexual abuse showed that top officials, including Cardinal Mahony, “maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark.” (Samantha Tata, Former Cardinal Mahony Stripped of Public Duties for Role in Shielding Alleged Priest Child Molesters, NBC Southern California, Jan. 31, 2013). Archbishop Jose Gomez announced in 2013 that retired Cardinal Mahony would be relieved from any administrative or public duties in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was, however, permitted to continue offering Mass at his North Hollywood parish and remained a priest in good standing. At least two survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Cardinal Mahony, between approximately 1970 and 1993. Neither claim was substantiated. Cardinal Mahony was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. It is believed Cardinal Mahony is living in North Hollywood, CA. Cardinal Mahony’s status as a priest and whether he has access to children are unknown.