Now we know that Cardinal Mahony’s role in the cover-up of child sex abuse in the Los Angeles Archdiocese was hands-on, insidious and evil.
From the Los Angeles Times:
In a letter about Father Michael Wempe, who had acknowledged using a 12-year-old parishioner as what a church official called his “sex partner,” [Msgr. Thomas J.] Curry recounted extensive conversations with the priest about potential criminal prosecution.
Curry proposed Wempe could go to an out-of-state diocese “if need be.” He called it “surprising” that a church-paid counselor hadn’t reported Wempe to police and wrote that he and Wempe ”agreed it would be better if Mike did not return to him.”
In a memo about Baker’s return to ministry, Curry wrote, “I see a difficulty here, in that if he were to mention his problem with child abuse it would put the therapist in the position of having to report him … he cannot mention his past problem.”
Mahony’s response to the memo was handwritten across the bottom of the page: ”Sounds good —please proceed!!” Two decades would pass before authorities gathered enough information to convict Wempe of abusing boys.
From The Associated Press:
In one instance, a memo to Mahony discusses sending a cleric to a therapist who also is an attorney so any incriminating evidence is protected from authorities by lawyer-client privilege. In another instance, archdiocese officials paid a secret salary to a priest exiled to the Philippines after he and six other clerics were accused of having sex with a teen and impregnating her.
The documents described here and others were released in a current legal proceeding against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by a victim of Father Nicholas Aguilar Rivera. These are NOT part of the documents promised in the Archdiocese 2007 settlement with more than 500 victims of abuse. We are still waiting for those. Who knows what we will learn?
Mahony’s response: he prays.
How utterly insulting.