Court documents, thank goodness for the legal system, demonstrate that the retired Archbishop of Los Angeles "worked quietly to keep evidence of child molesting away from law enforcement officials and shield abusive priests from criminal prosecution more than a decade before the scandal became public . . ." [Files Show Cardinal Roger Mahony Covered Up Sex Abuse].
Here is the load of crap. Of course he apologizes. That after all makes it all good - doesn't it? Gee he meant well - really? See this paragraph from his "apology" as carried in the NY Times:
“Various steps toward safeguarding all children in the church began here in 1987 and progressed year by year as we learned more about those who abused and the ineffectiveness of so-called ‘treatments’ at the time,” the statement said. “Nonetheless, even as we began to confront the problem, I remained naïve myself about the full and lasting impact these horrible acts would have on the lives of those who were abused by men who were supposed to be their spiritual guides.”
Safeguarding the children - oh please! And he "remained naive."
Why does "religion" operate as a shield for the likes of this Archbishop? He is no better - maybe worse - than the child sexual abusers that he protected. Birds of a feather . . . .
It is another disgusting story about the Catholic hierarchy that failed to protect children first. What could be more important to a religion and society than the protection of children? This is the quality of leadership in the Catholic church - hasn't changed much in the centuries past.
There is an often told story about Jesus Christ overturning the tables of money-changers in the Temple in what one might describe as a fit of anger - just what would Jesus do to these self-proclaimed disciples?