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April 8, 2010 | By Rocco Palmo
The historic appointment of Mexican-born Archbishop Jose Gomez recognizes the dominant position in the L.A. archdiocese of its roughly 3.5 million Latino Catholics. But it is also a statement by Pope Benedict XVI on the direction he wants the American church, with its 68 million members, to take. During the last quarter-century under Cardinal Roger Mahony, the L.A. church has become not only the country's largest archdiocese with 5 million members but also the undisputed seat of American Catholicism's liberal faction.
August 25, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles suspended a priest Friday amid allegations that he stole nearly $300,000 from an elderly widow who was a member of his parish. Michalena Jones, 79, filed a lawsuit this week that accused Father Peter Valdez of befriending her after her husband's death and using his influence to steal $284,000 over a seven-year period. The archdiocese placed Valdez on administrative leave, "pending the resolution of this matter," said Tod Tamberg, an archdiocese spokesman.
Oxnard police are investigating allegations by eight men who say they were sexually abused as children at a church and on trips by a priest now working in Mexico. The eight men, including two who are now police officers, sued Father Fidencio Silva, his order and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Thursday, alleging battery, negligent supervision and sexual abuse. Under California law intended to protect civil defendants in such cases, the four lawsuits did not name the priest or other defendants.
September 19, 2009 | Martha Groves and Richard Winton
The former vicar of clergy for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles testified this week under oath that Cardinal Roger Mahony ordered him in 2000 not to contact police about allegations of sexual abuse by a priest. In deposition papers filed Friday as part of a civil case, Msgr. Richard Loomis also testified that Mahony ordered him not to inform parishes of allegations against the now defrocked Rev. Michael Baker. In 2007, Baker was sent to state prison for 10 years after his conviction on molestation charges.
April 7, 2010
It's good for both Archbishop Jose Gomez and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that the new shepherd and his flock are embarking on a getting-acquainted period that will last almost a year. Instead of abruptly replacing Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Gomez, a native of Mexico who is now the archbishop of San Antonio, will serve as the cardinal's coadjutor -- ecclesiastical parlance for being in the on-deck spot -- and will thus have the opportunity to learn from the man who has defined Southern California Catholicism for 25 years.
August 15, 2009 | Richard Winton
A former Los Angeles priest convicted of molesting two boys has been called before a federal grand jury investigating how the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Cardinal Roger M. Mahony handled priest abuse cases, a source told The Times. Former priest Michael Stephen Baker said he informed Mahony two decades ago that he sexually abused children, but he was allowed to remain in the ministry and victimized others. In 2007, Baker was sent to state prison for 10 years for molesting two boys.
April 14, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A Bishop Amat High School teacher and soccer coach has been suspended in connection with a Los Angeles police investigation into an allegation of "inappropriate conduct" with a female student at a school where he previously coached, Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials said.
February 9, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Pressed to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars to settle clergy sex abuse lawsuits, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony turned to one group of Catholics whose faith could not be shaken: the dead. Under his leadership in 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles quietly appropriated $115 million from a cemetery maintenance fund and used it to help pay a landmark settlement with molestation victims. The church did not inform relatives of the deceased that it had taken the money, which amounted to 88% of the fund.
May 26, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
His parishioners describe Father Paul Griesgraber as "old school," a term that is almost laughably open to interpretation, given the 2,000-year history of his particular school, the Roman Catholic Church. In his case, it is used with affection and respect to describe a priest who trusts in the majesty of the Catholic Mass and invests it with deep spirituality — in both English and Spanish. He is also a priest who brings people streaming through the doors of his church, St. Catherine of Siena in Reseda, a place that, in many ways, reflects the larger Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
January 21, 2013 | By Victoria Kim, Ashley Powers and Harriet Ryan
Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and a top advisor plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement, including keeping them out of California to avoid prosecution, according to internal Catholic church records released Monday. The archdiocese's failure to purge pedophile clergy and reluctance to cooperate with law enforcement has previously been known. But the memos written in 1986 and 1987 by Mahony and Msgr.
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