Thursday, January 31, 2013

FLASH: Archbishop Gomez benches Cardinal Mahony; accepts resignation of Bp Curry



I have no time to comment and I don't think any is needed.  I will say, in your mercy, pray for all involved.  Here is the full statement of Archbishop Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:


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My brothers and sisters in Christ,

This week we are releasing the files of priests who sexually abused children while they were serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

These files document abuses that happened decades ago. But that does not make them less serious.

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.

We need to acknowledge that terrible failure today. We need to pray for everyone who has ever been hurt by members of the Church. And we need to continue to support the long and painful process of healing their wounds and restoring the trust that was broken.

I cannot undo the failings of the past that we find in these pages. Reading these files, reflecting on the wounds that were caused, has been the saddest experience I’ve had since becoming your Archbishop in 2011.

My predecessor, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, has expressed his sorrow for his failure to fully protect young people entrusted to his care. Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry has also publicly apologized for his decisions while serving as Vicar for Clergy. I have accepted his request to be relieved of his responsibility as the Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara.

To every victim of child sexual abuse by a member of our Church: I want to help you in your healing. I am profoundly sorry for these sins against you.

To every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I want you to know: We will continue, as we have for many years now, to immediately report every credible allegation of abuse to law enforcement authorities and to remove those credibly accused from ministry. We will continue to work, every day, to make sure that our children are safe and loved and cared for in our parishes, schools and in every ministry in the Archdiocese.

In the weeks ahead, I will address all of these matters in greater detail. Today is a time for prayer and reflection and deep compassion for the victims of child sexual abuse.

I entrust all of us and our children and families to the tender care and protection of our Blessed Mother Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Angels.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend José H. Gomez

Archbishop of Los Angeles

http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/media/Press%20Releases/2013-0131_JHGStatement-EN.pdf



MORE INFO:

On January 25, George Neumyer did a summary with some background of the situation there in L.A. at the Real Clear Religion blog 


Here is a page at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on the files concerning released clergy and related material.

Rocco Palmo: "There is no excuse!" - In LA, Gomez goes DEFCON1

Below is a snapshot of the L.A. Times headline: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/archbishop-takes-action-on-mahony-curry-over-abuse-scandal.html





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2 comments:

Nick said...

"My predecessor, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, has expressed his sorrow for his failure to fully protect young people entrusted to his care."

Gloria Deo! The angels rejoice over a repentant sinner :)

Susan said...

I have attempted to post here several times. Perhaps the failure is my fault.

Societies punish crimes for a number of reasons. One is to caution other potential offenders about the probable consequences of bad actions. Another is to make a statement about which actions are unacceptable.

Neither of these has anything to do with the repentance or lack of repentance of the malefactor, which, in any case, is known only to God. Is Cardinal Mahony sorry for his bad actions? We have only his word for that. Remember, this is the same man who reassured us repeatedly in the past that there were no bad actions. A statement which has now been contradicted by voluminous documentary evidence. Fool me once...

In any case, the state of the Cardinal's soul and the genuineness of his repentance are not our business. The damage his and others actions have done to the Church IS our business, and I am glad that Bishop Gomez has taken the action he has taken.

The idea that Cardinal Mahony only recently learned, according to his own statement, that raping children is harmful, is beyond comment.

Men like this have done more damage to the Church than any enemy possibly could. May the victims find healing and the perpetrators find God's forgiveness.

And may it stop happening.