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Mahony's efforts to hide abuse are deplorable but unsurprising

The calculated moves to shield molesters in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles may not be legally actionable, but when it comes to a moral judgment, the jury is already in.

January 22, 2013|Steve Lopez

"Any right-thinking human being knows that children being masturbated and orally copulated is devastating to their lives," said DeMarco. "These are sophisticated, reasonably intelligent men who … understood how wrong this was and consciously, over and over, took the wrong path of sheltering and aiding pedophiles."

"Mahony has no conscience," said former priest Richard Sipe, who has testified in clergy abuse cases nationally. He calls the L.A. scandal the worst in the country and says he is still shocked by Mahony's commitment to putting the most self-serving spin on his misdeeds.

In his apology, Mahony said he met with about 90 of the more than 500 victims involved in the $600-million lawsuit settlement in 2007. He said he kept the names of those 90 victims on 3 by 5 index cards and prays for them.

"I would rather he lose the … card with my name on it," said Mark Gauer, who says he was molested as a child by Father Terrence Reilly while a student at Daniel Murphy High School. "When you have children being abused and take the position that you're going to protect yourself and the church, where does religion come into play? We were sacrificial lambs."

If Mahony wants to pray, Gauer said, he should pray for himself.

steve.lopez@latimes.com

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