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January 26, 2013
Re "Charges unlikely for Mahony," "Mahony lacks atonement," Column, and "Mahony's moral obligations," Letters, Jan. 23 I got sick reading the front-page article detailing the unlikelihood that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony will face charges for concealing sex abuse by priests from law enforcement, Steve Lopez's column on the topic and, finally, the piercing letters to the editor criticizing the former Los Angeles archbishop. Every poignant piece contained what needed to be said and read.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Nearly two weeks ago, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced he had removed Cardinal Roger Mahony from all public duties amid revelations that he plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement. But Mahony on Monday found himself back at the center of church business, as one of 117 cardinals who will elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Mahony was quick to weigh in on the papal news - posting a statement on his online blog at 8:38 a.m., two hours before the archdiocese announced that Gomez would issue his own remarks at the midday Mass at the downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
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NATIONAL
March 31, 2010 | By Manya A. Brachear and Marie Rohde
Dean Weissmuller lost his hearing at age 3 when he was struck by a car on Chicago's North Side. He says lost his innocence about six years later when a priest at a boarding school for deaf children and a dormitory supervisor repeatedly molested him. Weissmuller is one of more than 150 hearing-impaired men, many originally from the Chicago area, who say they were abused by Father Lawrence C. Murphy, a Roman Catholic priest who worked at...
OPINION
February 10, 2013 | By Michael D'Antonio
The files released last week by America's largest Catholic archdiocese revealed new and disturbing details about how church officials schemed to protect priests accused of molesting children. But was the scandal in Los Angeles really so much worse than in other places? Sadly, no. The details emerging from the documents mirror what happened in archdioceses across the country, as church officials time and again put their own concerns above the needs of victims. One of the earliest cases to draw nationwide attention involved Gilbert Gauthe, a priest who raped dozens of boys in rural Louisiana.
SPORTS
February 20, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Another sex-abuse scandal has jolted Canadian hockey. There are allegations that staff at Maple Leaf Gardens, one of the sport's hallowed arenas, lured boys into sex with offers of free tickets and player autographs. One alleged victim says he was part of a sex ring from 1975 to 1982 in which group sex took place in back rooms of the building, sometimes during Toronto Maple Leaf games.
NATIONAL
July 12, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
Penn State University trustees accepted responsibility Thursday for the child sex-abuse scandal that stained the reputation of the school and its storied football program, admitting that a lack of oversight and a failure to ask the right questions contributed to keeping the scandal in the dark. “The Penn State board of trustees failed in our obligation to provide proper oversight,” board member Kenneth Frazier said in a televised news conference. “Our hearts remain heavy and we are deeply ashamed.” The comments came on the heels of a searing 267-page report on the scandal, which concluded that top Penn State officials did not take steps against former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky for almost 14 years because they worried about bad publicity.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
A Philadelphia jury convicted a priest and a parochial teacher in a sexual-abuse case that rattled the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and forged the way for felony convictions of church leaders accused of suppressing abuse allegations. The verdict was the culmination of a case that hinged on the testimony of a 24-year-old man, called "Billy Doe" in a 2011 grand jury report. He came forward after years of silence to report the sexual abuse he suffered as an altar boy in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
WORLD
December 6, 2012 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- Internationally known public relations consultant Max Clifford was arrested Thursday by British police investigating cases of sexual abuse. The 69-year-old media guru was the sixth person to be questioned by police in the widening inquiry. Although the police report stated simply that "officers working on Operation Yewtree have this morning, Thursday 6 December, arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation," media reports quoting Clifford's attorney Charlotte Harris named him as the suspect.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
It's disappointing to see leaders, public figures and CEOs undone by sex scandals. But it becomes a tragedy when these cases are of an abusive nature. And worse yet, when they're kept quiet, leaving the victims even more powerless. The Penn State case, in which Jerry Sandusky abused young boys while Joe Paterno and  administrators worried more about the institution than the victims, was a harsh reminder that we can't blindly trust people, even respected members of our communities.
WORLD
January 11, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The late entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually abused children on an unprecedented scale in Britain over half a century, using his fame and charitable work to deflect accusations of misconduct and to find vulnerable victims, particularly youngsters in hospitals, police said Friday. A report by Scotland Yard after weeks of investigation painted a sickening portrait of a pedophile who molested hundreds of young people across the country between 1955 and 2009, a period during which he rose to national prominence and received various awards, including from Queen Elizabeth II, for his charity work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan, Ashley Powers and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
In the midst of renewed public outrage over its handling of clergy sex abuse, the Los Angeles Archdiocese is considering a $200-million fundraising campaign that could erase debts brought on by the scandal. The archdiocese has hired a New York company, Guidance In Giving Inc., to study the feasibility of a large-scale fundraiser that would shore up a bottom line hit hard by costly abuse litigation. It would be the archdiocese's first capital campaign in 60 years. The archdiocese's $660-million settlement in 2007 with more than 500 victims was the largest in U.S. history.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2013 | By David Horsey
Cardinal Roger Mahony has been relieved of his public duties by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Curry has quit his job as regional bishop in Santa Barbara. And the website of the Catholic archdiocese of L.A. is displaying tens of thousands of pages of formerly secret files detailing accusations of child molestation against 122 priests -- all the church's dirty laundry that Mahony and Curry did their best to hide for many years. For a decade now, the sex abuse scandal has rocked the Roman Catholic Church in city after city.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Hailey Branson-Potts and Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
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.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
A Philadelphia jury convicted a priest and a parochial teacher in a sexual-abuse case that rattled the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and forged the way for felony convictions of church leaders accused of suppressing abuse allegations. The verdict was the culmination of a case that hinged on the testimony of a 24-year-old man, called "Billy Doe" in a 2011 grand jury report. He came forward after years of silence to report the sexual abuse he suffered as an altar boy in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
OPINION
January 26, 2013
Re "Charges unlikely for Mahony," "Mahony lacks atonement," Column, and "Mahony's moral obligations," Letters, Jan. 23 I got sick reading the front-page article detailing the unlikelihood that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony will face charges for concealing sex abuse by priests from law enforcement, Steve Lopez's column on the topic and, finally, the piercing letters to the editor criticizing the former Los Angeles archbishop. Every poignant piece contained what needed to be said and read.
NATIONAL
October 14, 2011 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
In charging the bishop of Kansas City with failure to report child abuse, prosecutors in Missouri have done something unprecedented in the long, troubling saga of the sexual abuse scandal in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church: hold a member of the church hierarchy criminally accountable for the alleged crimes of a priest. What remains to be seen is whether the indictment of Bishop Robert Finn will be an isolated event or will encourage prosecutors elsewhere to investigate allegations of coverup against members of the church leadership.
WORLD
January 11, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The late entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually abused children on an unprecedented scale in Britain over half a century, using his fame and charitable work to deflect accusations of misconduct and to find vulnerable victims, particularly youngsters in hospitals, police said Friday. A report by Scotland Yard after weeks of investigation painted a sickening portrait of a pedophile who molested hundreds of young people across the country between 1955 and 2009, a period during which he rose to national prominence and received various awards, including from Queen Elizabeth II, for his charity work.
WORLD
December 6, 2012 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- Internationally known public relations consultant Max Clifford was arrested Thursday by British police investigating cases of sexual abuse. The 69-year-old media guru was the sixth person to be questioned by police in the widening inquiry. Although the police report stated simply that "officers working on Operation Yewtree have this morning, Thursday 6 December, arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation," media reports quoting Clifford's attorney Charlotte Harris named him as the suspect.
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