Re "Cardinal Mahony Kept Cleric's Abuse Secret for 16 Years," May 16: Father Michael Steven Baker went to Cardinal Roger Mahony in 1986 and confessed that he had been abusing minors. Msgr. Thomas Curry and the archdiocese's lawyer, John P. McNicholas, were present at the meeting the next day with Baker and Mahony. McNicholas asked, "Should we phone the police?" and Mahony responded, "No, no, no."
Years later, both Mahony and Curry cannot recall the meeting with Baker. This must be the selective amnesia that the hierarchy of the church has been afflicted with lately. Now the hierarchy is looking and acting like Sgt. Schultz of "Hogan's Heroes": "I see nothing. I know nothing."