Familes of Alleged Sex Abuse Victims Speak Out on Mahony

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (KTLA) – In the wake of revelations that Cardinal Roger Mahony protected priests accused of sex crimes, a group of alleged abuse victims and their families are gathering to demand more action.

A mass is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 2) at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Hollywood, when families’ grievances and calls for action will be heard.

Some of the victims’ families are asking for prosecution of Cardinal Mahony.

“I think he should go to jail,” the father of one alleged victim told KTLA News.  “He knew what was going on.”

On Thursday (Jan. 31), Mahony was stripped of his public duties by Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez.  The move was unprecedented in the history of the American Catholic Church.

The action came following the release of court documents which revealed that Cardinal Mahony covered up allegations of extensive sex abuse of young children in the 1980′s.

Mahony is believed to have protected some 100 pedophile priests.

On Friday (Feb.1), Mahony showed a letter he sent to Archbishop Gomez, admitting to his past mistakes, and reiterating his commitment to keeping the archdiocese safe.

While some of his critics continue to call for his prosecution, one legal expert doubts that will occur, due to the amount of time that has elapsed since the alleged church abuses.

10 comments

  • Scorched Earth

    Mahony and his buddies couldn't dig deep enough for any excuses to this, there are none, that's why they lied. These pedophiles need to be destroyed in every way for the horrors they inflicted on the innocent. What a way to disgrace a religion and traumatize the citizens all at once. FOR SHAME!!!!

  • MikeC

    Mahoney and his whole clan of perverts need to be brought down. They use the innocence of God to lure young innocent victims towards them for their own sick perverted fetishes. Seems like you keep hearing about this crap taking place on a weekly basis. Enough is enough! Throw them behind bars for life and shut down the church.

  • Tom

    He's not and never was a priest. He is and always has been a child molester. That's the perspective to use when prosecuting, judging and sentencing him. Makes it easy.

  • No Biases

    What is the difference between how Mahoney handled this issue and how Penn State's Joe Paterno handled his situation? The laws should not be biased. Mahoney covered for those priests and is an accomplice. The law prosecutes accomplices.

  • JTN

    Has any one read a letter Mahoney wrote (and released to the public) recently? He said he was not formally trained and that the books from which he derived his education didn't tell him what or how to deal with the specific issues of child abuse…. What a piece of sh*t!!! We don't need a formal education, or a fancy tile to know that it's wrong to COVER UP for the perverts. He's a hypocrite and he should be prosecuted just like the criminals he protected.

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