February 25, 2013 |
LONDON -- Britain's most senior Catholic cleric resigned his position Monday, 24 hours after allegations against him by four priests of “inappropriate behavior” dating back 30 years were published in a national newspaper. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the Catholic primate of Scotland, contested the allegations and is reported to be seeking legal advice, but in a surprise move said he would be stepping down immediately as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. He also said he would not participate in the election of the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Elevated to cardinal in 2003, O'Brien would have been Britain's only representative at the conclave next month that will elect the next pope, following Benedict's resignation.
February 19, 2013
Re "Stymied by Vatican," Feb. 16 Pointing the finger at the Vatican for responding too slowly to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's reports on priest misconduct in the 1990s and early 2000s diverts attention from the former archbishop's failure to report pedophile priests to civil authorities for prosecution. The issue is Mahony's handling of pedophile priests in the 1980s - when he covered up for them, failed to report them to law enforcement and allowed them to continue ministering to the congregation - not the slow Vatican response or how effective the cardinal's priest abuse reforms were in the 2000s.
February 6, 2013
Re "Trying to make sense of it all," Feb. 4 The article quotes Msgr. Robert J. Gallagher as telling his parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood on Sunday that "young people whose lives were ruined … need a sense that they are being invited back into God's grace. " This strikes me as an astonishingly cruel and insensitive statement - thoughtless, really. Are the targets of the Roman Catholic Church's predators to understand that they've been separated from God by being victims of crimes and that they are now, somehow, eligible to embark on a journey of redemption?
February 3, 2013
Not only did the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles fail to protect children from pedophile priests, but its leaders, including Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, subsequently sought to protect its reputation by covering up cases of sexual abuse and shielding priests from the arrest and prosecution they deserved. The archdiocese then spent more than a decade fighting to keep that coverup from being revealed in court. What is most horrible about the facts in the paragraph above is that they come as a surprise to almost no one. The archdiocese's malfeasance has been alleged for a long time, but only now is the full scope of its culpability in the sex abuse scandal being confirmed.
February 3, 2013
Re "Mahony relieved of duties," Feb. 1 Let me see if I've got this right. On April 6, 2010, Jose Gomez became the coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles. Until last week, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles did everything it could to prevent full access to its records of child abuse. After years, the church exhausted all legal procedures and released the records. On Thursday, Gomez stripped his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, of his public duties and issued a public apology.
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February 3, 2013 |
Msgr. Robert J. Gallagher stood before parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Sunday, searching for the right words to reassure them after a tumultuous week that saw the release of previously secret personnel files on priests who molested children, the public rebuke of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and the resignation of a Santa Barbara bishop. "Everybody has to face sin and God's grace in their own life," Gallagher told members of the North Hollywood parish that Mahony has called home since he retired two years ago. "And we do it as a community when we try to bring things into the light.