Disgraced LA Cardinal Mahony asks God to forgive his victims for holding him accountable

It’s amazing how, with all the horrible crimes committed by the Catholic church, they still continue to surprise us with the depth of their contempt for not just the rule of law, but for their own flock – the very people who fund the Catholic church.  Today’s big old ball of contempt is none other than former LA Cardinal, and current LA Cardinal Emeritus, Roger Mahony.

Church documents show that retired LA cardinal Roger Mahony – who is still an archbishop emeritus in the Catholic church – shielded and protected child-rapist priests. Mahony is now asking God to “forgive” his accusers, who by implication have done Mahony wrong.

Can God forgive a leaked church document?  That’d be a first.

Last month we wrote about the Mahony scandal.  Here’s a quick background from my earlier reporting, quoting NBC:

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Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files.

The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse allegations for decades and also reveal dissent from a top Mahony aide who criticized his superiors for covering up allegations of abuse rather than protecting children.

Notes inked by Mahony demonstrate he was disturbed about abuse and sent problem priests for treatment, but there also were lengthy delays or oversights in some cases. Mahony received psychological reports on some priests that mentioned the possibility of many other victims, for example, but there is no indication that he or other church leaders investigated further.

Dear God, forgive my victims

Now back to today.  Mahony was recently been confronted by angry people who are upset with his role in the coverup of child rapists, but Mahony says it’s not his fault. He’s the ultimate “I didn’t do it guy.” Rather than accept responsibility, Mahony’s asked god to pitch in and back up his plan of blessing and forgiving those upset with his costly mistakes.

From Cardinal Mahony’s blog:

To be honest with you, I have not reached the point where I can actually pray for more humiliation. I’m only at the stage of asking for the grace to endure the level of humiliation at the moment.

In the past several days, I have experienced many examples of being humiliated. In recent days, I have been confronted in various places by very unhappy people. I could understand the depth of their anger and outrage–at me, at the Church, at about injustices that swirl around us.

Thanks to God’s special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them.

And Mahony is hardly an outlier.  To this day, the Catholic church has been steadfast in refusing to come clean about the decades, if not longer, of child-rape quietly sanctioned by the church.  Let me walk you through some of our previous reporting, to get a full flavor of the level of evil we’re dealing with in the Catholic church.

Pope-to-be Ratzinger blames victims

The most obvious person from whom Mahony probably borrowed this “forgive my victims” line from is none other than pope-to-be Cardinal Ratzinger.

Ratzinger to the Catholic News Service in 2002, commenting on the Catholic church pedophile priest scandal:

“I am personally convinced that the constant presence in the press of the sins of Catholic priests, especially in the United States, is a planned campaign, as the percentage of these offences among priests is not higher than in other categories, and perhaps it is even lower.”

“In the United States, there is constant news on this topic, but less than 1% of priests are guilty of acts of this type,” he said. “The constant presence of these news items does not correspond to the objectivity of the information nor to the statistical objectivity of the facts.

“Therefore, one comes to the conclusion that it is intentional, manipulated, that there is a desire to discredit the Church. It is a logical and well-founded conclusion.”

Get it?  The victims are to blame.  This isn’t a glitch, it’s a feature.

NY Cardinal: We didn’t do anything wrong

Former NY Cardinal retracts apology for enabling child rapists: “I don’t think we did anything wrong”

In 2002, at the height of the outcry over the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests, the Archbishop of New York, Edward M. Egan, issued a letter to be read at Mass. In it, he offered an apology about the church’s handling of sex-abuse cases in New York and in Bridgeport, Conn., where he was previously posted.
“It is clear that today we have a much better understanding of this problem,” he wrote. “If in hindsight we also discover that mistakes may have been made as regards prompt removal of priests and assistance to victims, I am deeply sorry.”

Now, 10 years later and in retirement, Cardinal Egan has taken back his apology.

In an interview in the February issue of Connecticut magazine, a surprisingly frank Cardinal Egan said of the apology, “I never should have said that,” and added, “I don’t think we did anything wrong.”

Catholic leader: Child rape is “understandable,” blames children

Catholic Church leader says child rape “understandable,” blames children – defends Sandusky at Penn State:

People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to — a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer … It’s not so hard to see — a kid looking for a father and didn’t have his own — and they won’t be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.

It’s an understandable thing … there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor. I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%. Would that be true of other clergy? Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?

Here’s this poor guy — [Penn State football coach Jerry] Sandusky — it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn’t anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn’t break the ice. Well, you know, until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn’t think of it in terms of legal things.

Catholic Church used to castrate young boys who accused them of rape

There was once a time when the Catholic church simply castrated young boys who accused priests of raping them:

At least one boy under the age of 16 was castrated to ‘help’ his homosexual feelings while in Catholic church care in the 1950s, the NRC reported on Saturday.

But there are indications at least 10 other boys were also castrated, the paper said. The claims were not included in the Deetman report on sexual abuse within the Catholic church published at the end of last year.

The paper says the one confirmed case concerned a boy – Henk Heithuis – who reported being sexually abused by priests to the police in 1956. After giving evidence, he was placed in a Catholic-run psychiatric institution where he was then castratedbecause of his ‘homosexual behaviour’.

Catholic Church laments prison term for pedophile-enabler

In contrast to how it castrated young victims of child-rape by its won priests, the Catholic church has been quite understanding of its pedophile priests, who it thinks are being punished unfairly.  From our earlier reporting:

From the NYT:

Monsignor Lynn served as secretary for clergy for the 1.5 million-member archdiocese from 1992 to 2004, recommending priest assignments and investigating abuse complaints. During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that he had shielded predatory priests, sometimes transferring them to unwary parishes, and lied to the public to avoid bad publicity and lawsuits.

He got three to six years.  Classic statement from the Catholic church:

In a statement Tuesday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said that its procedures for protecting children had improved significantly since “the events some 10 years ago that were at the center of this trial.”It acknowledged “legitimate anger in the broad community toward any incident or enabling of sexual abuse.” But it also described the sentence as overly harsh, saying “fair-minded people will question the severity.”

“We hope that when this punishment is objectively reviewed, it will be adjusted,” it said.

So the victims get castrated, and the men who helped the rapists get away and rape more children get the church’s pity.

Catholic church gives full church funeral to priest who raped 150 kids

To you the full flavor of just how out of touch – no, evil – the Catholic church is, here’s a neat little story we reported on about how the church gave a convicted pedophile priest a full church funeral after he raped 150 kids:

John J. Geoghan was laid to rest yesterday in a traditional Roman Catholic funeral rite.

Priests and nuns were heavily represented among the two dozen or so mourners who attended the Mass at Holy Name parish in West Roxbury, the Geoghan family church. Geoghan’s sister, Catherine, was also there.

An unidentified representative of Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley attended, said the Rev. Christopher Coyne, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

“People from within the Catholic community are reaching out to Cathy,” Coyne said “The most important thing when a Christian dies is that the community prays that he or she is sped to heaven.”

Monsignor George F. Carlson, pastor of Holy Name, celebrated the funeral Mass.

Pope-to-be Ratzinger slaps reporter for asking about his role in covering up child-rape

And my personal favorite: the time the Pope-to-be slapped a reporter who asked him about his reported role in covering up the pedophile scandal:

The accusers say Vatican-based Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who heads the Vatican office to safeguard the faith and the morals of the church, quietly made the [pedophile priest] lawsuit go away and shelved it. There was no investigation and the accusers weren’t asked a single question or asked for a statement.

He was appointed by the pope to investigate the entire sex abuse scandal in the church in recent days. But when approached by ABCNEWS in Rome last week with questions of allegations against Maciel, Ratzinger became visibly upset and actually slapped this reporter’s hand.

“Come to me when the moment is given,” Ratzinger told ABCNEWS, “not yet.”

“Cardinal Ratzinger is sheltering Maciel, protecting him,” said Berry, who expressed concerns that no response was being given to the allegations against the man charged with sex abuse. “These men knelt and kissed the ring of Cardinal Ratzinger when they filed the case in Rome. And a year-and-a-half later, he takes those accusations and aborts them, just stuffs them.”

Did Pope Benedict resign because of his role in covering up the pedophilia scandal?

And mind you, in spite of then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s role in helping to cover up pedophile priests, they still made him Pope.  Which leads one to wonder, as our own Gaius Publius, whether Pope Benedict’s role as pedophile-priest enabler has finally caught up with him, and that’s why he’s resigning later this month:

The Onion on the PopeBenedict’s stated reason is his waning strength, but that hasn’t stopped the rumors. As Cardinal, Ratzinger was Pope John Paul II’s enforcement officer — he rode herd on the many sex scandals and their “containment.” Was he involved in crimes of concealment? Almost certainly, but there’s little direct public evidence. Is there new explosive documentation that could lay the dead cat of scandal at his personal door? Nothing has been revealed so far that’s worse than what we’ve seen (search for “Munich”), and Ratzinger has weathered those storms.

Still, why so sudden? Is there something about the timing?

Gaius has a later story on the potential smoking gun against Pope Benedict that’s found in the to-be-released Legion of Christ documents.

This is an ongoing theme in the Catholic church, specifically regarding the child-rape scandals.  They hold themselves blameless.


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  • http://twitter.com/emlynaddison Emlyn Addison

    “…injustices that swirl around us.” As if injustices just materialize out of the carpet.

    Are these people really so mentally incapacitated by decades of biblical saturation that they are pathologically incapable of empathizing with others or of conversing with them in normal, human terms?

    And you thought cults only drank Kool Aide.

  • http://www.ryanstake.net RyansTake

    It worked for Cardinal Law!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The Pope’s secetary gorgeous georg is said to have an 18-minute gap.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “maybe it is health reasons Ratzi is resigning.” It would be divine justice if he had AIDS.

  • http://www.ryanstake.net RyansTake

    Facts

    1. Thousands upon thousands of children were abused, molested and raped by priests who worked for the Catholic Church.

    2. Many of those priests were the epitome of repeat offenders and supreme risks.

    3. The Catholic Church failed to report a single one of them to the authorities.

    4. Many of them were shipped, from parish to parish, every time whispers grew or to avoid them growing,

    5. For the very few who were put out of service, they were given comfy grounds to live in away from the public eye, and even in those cases, some were still given access to children.

    6. The church protected the pedophile priests time and time again, not only failing to protect the children entrusted to the church by parents, but enabling the priests to create more victims.

    7. The Pope is resigning, something that hasn’t been done for over 600 years, regardless of the health or fitness of any past Pope during that time period.

    Suppositions based on the facts:

    1. Dioceses across the country displayed the fact that they had a policy for when priests were reported or whispered about for molesting children through repeated use — a terrible, evil policy, but one nonetheless — of never alerting authorities, shuttling pedophiles around from church to church and silencing victims.

    2. To have come up with such a policy, it means there must have been many cases of priests being reported, meaning a large — and perhaps vast — number of priests and church personnel were aware of the problem, but failed to report it.

    3. The individual responses by dioceses to reports of pedophile priests were too similar to be coincidence. There had to have been a system-wide institutional policy to shuttle priests from location to location, never alerting authorities and always shaming/blaming victims or using any other powers they had to keep them and their families silent.

    4. With so many cases and so much on the line, and with dioceses reacting so similarly to any hushed reports of pedophilia, the church’s policy on accusations of molestation had to have been created at the highest levels of the church for it to be so similar across the board — like, say, the churches modern day inquisition, which was headed up by the current Pope and typically deals with matters like these.

    5. The current pope is now resigning, as the abuse scandal reignites once again, and it can’t be doubted why: he bears at least some responsibility for what happened and the fallout is yet to come.

    6. He will be a convenient scapegoat for all the other men in the room who will vote for the next Pope, many of whom — perhaps even most of whom — also bear a great deal of the same responsibility for what happened.

    The truth is that for the Catholic Church to have any relevance, almost every man in that smoke-filled room should resign before they ever enter it to vote for the next Pope, and those who knew what was going on and did nothing, or even worse, those who enabled the pedophile priests for decades, should all report to the nearest police stations and turn themselves in.

    Maybe then, the Catholic Church can be the institution I was always told it was by the sisters who ran my CCD program growing up… though not even that would be enough to bring me back.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Celibacy, absolute spiritual power and no secular legal interference.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    No don’t forgive them—ever, never, ever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sabrabruning Sabra Bruning

    Cardinal Mahomo…Mahoney!…..should recuse himself.
    How can he speak on this issue? How dare him?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bradley.ackerson.9 Bradley Ackerson

    Mahoney deserves defrocking, not emiritus status. His intransigent attempts to cover up horrific acts, now his own as well as that of others, his continued criticism of victims and attempts to paint himself and his pedophilic priests rather than the abused children and their families as the victims , is intoleragle. Clearly, Mahoney doesn’t get that people are angry at him and other RCC officials (including Ratzinger who is latrine deep in his own pedophilic cover ups) not only for the cover up of abuse of the most vulnerable of their flock but the criticism and blaming of the victims rather than the abusers, a habit Mahoney is apparently unable to break, and for not taking reasonable measures to ameliorate the damage to young children and their families.

  • OtterQueen

    What happened to these people to make them so twisted?

  • samiinh

    The RCC is the most evil institution ever created by mankind; it is responsible for the deaths of millions as well as hell or earth for millions more.

  • DonS

    Amazing power that hierarchy bunch wields.

    I second the stake.

    You know, there have been schisms before. What better reason? The hierarchy would only go out and hire a bunch of scabs.

  • DonS

    Thanks for the summation.

    Not much to say. The RC church is a criminal enterprise in more than one way. I’m sorry for the lower level functionaries who are just trying to run a nice little, I mean big, religion. Between a rock and a hard place I say; keep your mouth shut or denounce the rotten hierarchy, But it’s not too hard of a decision for them, I would think, as an employee of and institution that sells morality and righteousness. Everyone is tainted who does not speak out in conscience. Even if they did cross their fingers and double swear to be good little soldiers of christ.

  • Krusher

    Somebody just really needs to kick Mahoney really hard in the balls.

  • jomicur

    What’s next? A tape recording with an 18-minute gap?

  • KingCranky

    The Catholic Church is all for “family values”, that is, if the family at issue is mob-related.

    Cemetery has a mob of mafiosi

    In John Gotti’s case, the Church denied him an official, sanctioned funeral, but still allowed his burial on Church property, a result completely showcasing its pious hypocrisy.

    That the Church doesn’t excommunicate known gangsters, and does launder money, says all that’s needed in understanding its institutional corruption.

  • PeteWa

    In 2003, as mentioned in the article, the Catholic Church was all too happy to hold a funeral for (defrocked) serial child rapist John J. Geoghan.

    Only two years later, Bishop Robert Brom forbid all of the 98 churches and chapels in the Diocese of San Diego from holding a funeral for local businessman John McCusker, because he was gay.
    Over a decade earlier, the ‘good’ Bishop Brom had been accused of coercing a young Seminary student into having sex, that claim was settled for a reported $85,000.00.

    just another example of the Catholic “gay bad, child rape good” mentality with a healthy dose of hypocrisy thrown in for good measure.

  • nicho

    Maybe we should call the Vatican Devil’s Island.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    In truth it’s no joke OQ. The Vatican pervs do think that way. When I was molested at the age of nine, my confessor told me that I had ‘occasioned’ sin in my teacher by being ‘provocative’. It was my fault what happened. I didn’t know what ‘occasioned’ or ‘provocative’ meant at the time, but never forgot the words, the shame and fear that priest ‘occasioned’ in me with his holy cloud of whisky breath. I never forgot, never forgave and hope the old bastard went to his terrible version of hell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    I think they do realize that molestation is wrong, but for some weird reason it’s regarded as not that wrong. It’s a venial slip, a peccadillo, like getting caught nipping on the sacramental wine or skimming off the collection money. And, of course, it’s all in the past, something we’re all supposed to forgive and forget.

  • OtterQueen
  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I have long suspected that those in power think they are god.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I was thinking of Cheney too, something about pure evil outlasting us all.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “To be honest with you, I have not reached the point where I can actually pray for more humiliation.” The arrogance, the pure unadultrated evil amd contempt these men have for their own vows is sickening and outrageous. Quite frankly, I’m in favor of burning them at the stake, starting with Ratzinger. Yet, there will be the namby pamby Catholic wimps, who will pray for them and wish for god’s blessings, while ignoring the thousands, (and thousands), of children who grow into adulthood damaged and suffering.

  • woodroad34

    I think Roger Baloney needs to stop praying to God and move to the Vatican so that he, like Ratzinger, cant’ be prosecuted. These are the faces of Evil (capital “E”). Not nice people; not holy people; not honest people.

  • FunMe

    Those abusers of children sound more like from the church of the DEVIL than anything having to do with God. How can anyone still follow the Catholic Church with all the EVIL they spill out?

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    I’m reminded a little of those cases in the Amish community–I think there have been more than one–of a woman finding herself ostracized after pressing rape charges against a man from that community. The idea seems to be: we, the Amish community as a whole, have already forgiven your rapist; you, the victim, should do the same; if instead you bring in the law, you’re being vindictive and hateful.

    I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again: what, after all that’s happened, is the point of the Catholic Church’s continuing to temporize and pretend that really things aren’t all that bad? There’s no question any more of saving the Church’s reputation. There’s no reputation left to save! I guess it’s reflexive, like cops banding together to protect their own after yet another shooting of an unarmed man.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    The detail that jumped out at me in that well-organized and -presented litany of RCC criminal contempt and negligence: How they asserted it was a tiny minority of clergy involved. Thing is, I’m sure they’re right. I’m positive the majority of RCC clergy are decent, upstanding folks who’d never mistreat a child, ever.

    What they failed to realize and continue to self-excuse is their part in enabling the child rapists in their midst to continue committing crimes for decades. A priest is credibly accused of molesting children — and what is the RCC’s reaction? Cover it up, hush it up, shame the victims into staying silent, pay them off if necessary (but only as a last resort), and move the priest to another parish where nobody knows what he’s done. If it sounds like the victim still won’t stay quiet…well, hey, get them sent to a mental hospital, where nobody will ever listen to them.

    In any other profession or position of employment, an individual who did this would be terminated and turned over to law enforcement. (Well, unless you work for Penn State’s sports program…but folks there know that football is akin to religion at that college.) But not the RCC, oh no — they declared they were the law unto themselves, beholden to no one, no laws, and no morality save to protect their clergy above all else.

    This is what we need to understand about the Roman Catholic Church: The believe their priests, bishops, and other high clergy are more important than the rest of us, better than us, and thus immune to our secular laws. I begin to think the whole “sheep and shepherd” metaphor is something they believe literally.

  • cole3244

    for the church to think so little of the children is one thing but for the parents to continue to support that church is deplorable, shame on the church but more shame on the parents.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    They believe in the God they created in their own image. The one who says anything these men do isn’t just fine, it’s divinely commanded.

  • Butch1

    He, among many of its pompous leadership are what’s wrong with this organization. They think they are the victim’s of all of this. They make the real victims of this swear what they know to silence or they will be excommunicated. These evil demons need to be put in jail where they really belong.

  • Gindy51

    They don’t. They don’t believe one word of their own church doctrine because if they did, none of this would be happening today. It would have been stopped as soon as it was first discovered (centuries ago).

  • Indigo

    That about sums it up.

  • lynchie

    Stand corrected. I know many people who went to Penn State through the Sandusky era they all knew about what was going on and did and said nothing, which i condemned them for turning a blind eye at the buggery. Many stories about Paterno and how vindicative he was to anyone criticizing players or staff. He ran Penn State with an iron fist

  • Indigo

    Fine. Whatever. The fires of Hell are just as hot, whether they understand why that’s what they earned or not.

  • hoary_nodens

    It will be a great day for humanity when this criminal organization of lecherous debauched vile deviants and its putrid doctrine of pure hate is finally and completely exterminated.

  • KingCranky

    Who knows, maybe it is health reasons Ratzi is resigning.

    Then again, since few prelates resign because of the various sex-abuse scandals rocking the Church, let’s also consider the other major crimes of the Church, the money laundering through the Vatican bank.

    And if that money laundering is tied into financial settlements for the victims of rapacious priests, and their clerical superiors who covered up such crimes, would that be such a surprise?

  • nicho

    Or a big man on a little boy.

  • lynchie

    Do they ever wonder why they are losing parishioners. They blame Hollywood or Satin or somebody else, it’s always somebody else. I was raised Catholic and see nothing they can offer me. They hide behind their christian hypocrisy, they see no place for women except to pump out new parishioners, can’t engage the young except in this vile act and then have the gall to hate all gays and lesbians. They church is dying and they are the last of a breed, thank god.

  • lynchie

    Like Sandusky they see nothing wrong with a little man on boy.

  • freewayblogger

    Someday a member of the press will ask one of these holy men if they actually believe in God. Someday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.m.morris Gary Mark Morris

    What’s so unsettling about this stuff is that clearly Mahony and his ilk clearly dont consider child molestation/rape intrinsically evil. It’s more of a potential public relations problem in their eyes. There is zero empathy with the victim. Perhaps the mindset here is sociopathic, dressed up in fine garments and a “fatherly,” caring demeanor.

  • nicho

    Not much different from Dick Cheney who made a guy who he shot in the face apologize to him.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Father, forgive them, even if they know exactly what they’re doing.

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