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Records show US church covered up abuse


FqFLtYsZYttXkTC-556x313-noPad(AAP) Victims of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clerics in the US have voiced anger after newly-released records showed church leaders discussing how to cover up priests’ alleged crimes in California in the 1980s.

Prosecutors also said they wanted to study the previously confidential records, including exchanges involving then Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony about how to prevent police hearing about alleged abuse cases.

Excerpts from the documents were published on Monday by The Los Angeles Times, including exchanges between Mahony and a top aide talking about how to conceal pedophile priests from law enforcement.

The records include secret memos between Mahony and Monsignor Thomas Curry, his top aide on sex abuse cases, about how to prevent police from probing three priests who had admitted to the church that they had abused young boys.

Specifically Curry suggested stopping suspected priests from seeing psychiatric therapists who might alert authorities about alleged abuse, or keeping them outside of California to avoid police investigations, the Times reported.
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One such was Monsignor Peter Garcia, who admitted abusing children in mostly Spanish-speaking parishes for decades. He was sent to a New Mexico treatment centre for pedophile clergy, and Mahony ordered that he stay outside California.

“I believe that if Monsignor Garcia were to reappear here within the archdiocese we might very well have some type of legal action filed in both the criminal and civil sectors,” Mahony wrote in July 1986.

“There are numerous – maybe twenty – adolescents or young adults that Peter was involved with in a first degree felony manner,” wrote Curry in May 1987.

Reacting on Tuesday, Joelle Casteix of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said: “We were shocked and disgusted to see these documents.” [More]


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  1. Florian says:

    If Roger Mahony and Tom Curry are truly sincere in their apology and really mean it, they MUST resign their church offices and spend the rest of their days on earth in penance and prayer. Period.

  2. joseph Francis says:

    In the church that I grew up in 1940-1980, till Vat 11. There was the mantality that Priests and Bishops were to be treated like Gods as they represented God. Lay-people were the serfs in the system of the middle-age institution called the Catholic church. When you met a Bishop, you bowed and kissed his ring. Archbishop Mahony made a choice to protect his brother priests over the safety of the children of God. There is the eleventh commandment which states, “Thou shall not get caught.” In the journey of recovery, aside the Billions of dollar payed out in restitution, there is something missing. The reality that not one Bishops has gone to jail. Why and how they are free from prosecution is beyound me. As much as they all cry, “I’m sorry” there is and will remain unfinished business in the long term recovery for the people of God. They really did get away with murder as the civil goverment looks the other way.

  3. Tony says:

    The Bishops should be in jail.


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