February 23, 2005
Your Feb. 19 article on houses in Mission Viejo that are sliding down a hillside states: "Experts say it is nearly impossible to predict a slide, and nearly as difficult to determine who -- homeowners, builders, geologists or cities -- should be held responsible when one occurs. Still, homeowners often turn to the courts to sort it all out." A perfect example of our litigious society. Never mind that hillsides have been sliding since the beginning of time, now somebody must be at fault.
January 23, 2006
Re "Ex-Priest Is Arrested in Abuse Case," Jan. 20 After reading time and again about priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese abusing children, I feel that the real culprit is Cardinal Roger Mahony. Over and over he has made poor choices to hide the dysfunctional side of the Catholic Church, hoping, and I'm sure praying, that if he sent these priests to other parishes, the problem would just go away. As a third-grade teacher, it is painful for me to think of all the innocent, vulnerable children who were repeatedly abused.
April 16, 1992 |
Seated around an oblong table in the quiet hush of a plush office, Sharron Mankins cried and cried Wednesday as she told Gov. Pete Wilson about her son, Michael Baker. He loved to fish and ride a skateboard, she said. He was bashful and considerate, she said. "And a part of me died when I lost Michael," when he was killed nearly 14 years ago by Robert Alton Harris, she said as the tears spilled forth.
March 21, 2007
Re "Mahony accounts of abuse case tape differ," March 20 Once again, Cardinal Roger Mahony has been caught in a lie. He lied to the people of Los Angeles about Michael Baker several years ago. Now we find that he got caught lying to his flock in October 2005 about Lynn Caffoe. When will he learn that, when in doubt, start with the truth? It is the best advice that any leader can follow. He certainly is not getting that advice from his lawyers. Because his credibility as the shepherd of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles is completely nonexistent, I urge him to resign.
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September 23, 2009 |
If you've got rosary beads handy, please say a prayer for the leader of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Last week was not a good one for Cardinal Roger Mahony, and there may be no letup in weeks to come if a certain monsignor continues to testify in a deposition being taken as part of a civil case against Mahony and the diocese. Msgr. Richard Loomis, former vicar of clergy for the archdiocese, said under oath that in the year 2000 he wrote a memo advocating that the archdiocese inform police about allegations of sexual abuse by a now-defrocked priest named Michael Baker.
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June 16, 2010 |
Cardinal Roger Mahony defended his 1986 decision not to inform police about a priest who admitted he molested children, saying his actions were consistent with church policy at that time, according to a deposition made public Tuesday. Mahony has long said he made mistakes in allowing Michael Baker to stay in the priesthood after he confessed to having sexually assaulted young boys. But in the deposition — the first to be publicly released covering Mahony's handling of Los Angeles Archdiocese molestation cases — the cardinal gives the clearest picture yet of his actions regarding Baker, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for child molestation.