Files may reveal what the Catholic Church in Los Angeles knew about sex abuse
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez (above) chastised his predecessor, now retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, for shortcomings after victims came forward during his tenure.
February 1st, 2013
04:44 AM ET

Files may reveal what the Catholic Church in Los Angeles knew about sex abuse

By Ben Brumfield, CNN

A California judge has forced the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to release some 12,000 pages of church documents revealing how it handled allegations of priest sexual abuse.

There were many - 192 priests and bishops were named in litigation, the archdiocese said.

"The cases span decades," Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said in a statement Thursday. Some go back to the 1930s.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: California • Catholic Church • Sex abuse

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  1. Douglas

    Jesus said in Matthew 18:6 about those who hurt childre, "But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me–it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea!

    Burn in hell gay rapist priests!

    February 5, 2013 at 2:01 am |
    • midwest rail

      The intellectually dishonest Douglas continues his stock-in-trade.....false accusations against gay people because he CHOOSES to ignore the difference between being gay and being a pedophile. To compound his dishonesty, Douglas has now taken to posting his delusional tripe at an hour when he suspects it will go unchallenged. When said pedophiles burn in hell, Douglas, they'll be enjoying YOUR company.

      February 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
  2. John

    I cannot help but think after reading all the comment on the religion blog that the single biggest benefit, to me personally, is that I could probably use religion to fleece a bunch of people such that myself and my offspring are well taken care of for the rest of our lives.

    Seriously, if you can turn off critical thought and common sense so easily w.r.t. a certain "large" part of your life, then I am really foolish to not leverage that for my own benefit. Really, why should churches and religious leaders have a monopoly on the benefit of others gullible ways? Heck, I will probably even "enrich" their lives some how while "enriching" mine.

    It actually makes me sad how lacking critical thought it ... and unwillingness to take 100% responsibility, etc.

    Even just the notion that the Christian god is the only god is really arrogant. Of course, isn't the Muslim god the same as the Christian god? That certainly shows two somewhat radically different results that can come from believing in the "same" god.

    But then again, how is this god any more "real" than the Hindu god or any other god worshiped throughout history whether Zeus, Ra, or the Giant Spaghetti Monster? A lot of it comes down to "when" but a lot of it comes down to the political aspirations associated with the gods. If you look at the mythology of gods over human history, modern gods have far more influence over individuals and hence are much more effective political tools of control and oppression.

    There is hope though .... one of my children is in a class at school that is predominantly really smart kids. He tells me that though these children's parents may practice religion that very few kids in his class believe in god. Of course, there is a strong correlation between being atheist and intelligence. I wonder why that is?

    If my life sucks, I know it is not because of my relationship with god, but because of me and my relationship with those around me. Work my ass off, treat others (who deserve it) better,and just politely avoid those that are not good people.

    I do not need a "god" to create a sense of morality for me and in fact I find that my atheist friends are far more moral across a much wider sphere of interaction with people and the world around them then my religious friends. I find they are far less likely to create "justifications" for their bad behavior even though they are strong critical thinkers. Perhaps that comes from not having a moral compass purely defined by someone else?

    February 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  3. Ruzmarin

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    February 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
  4. Dave Harris

    Are there any Catholic priests who AREN'T child molesters? Makes you wonder.

    February 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • gerald

      What an ignorant comment. The numbers are that less than two percent have committed these crimes. A smaller percentage of priests have commited these crimes than school teachers and coaches. It gets more attention because the structure of the Catholic Church makes a bigger pool of money for lawsuits (can sue a diocese rather than an individual lutheran or baptist Church) and because of the stands the Church takes against society. Protestant pastors as well are as big offenders or worse than Catholic priests. Check out the work of Phil Jenkins who is a protestant and has studiedd the matter.

      February 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • midwest rail

      "........ because the structure of the Catholic Church makes a bigger pool of money for lawsuits....." Yeah, that's it, it's all about the money. ( eye roll )

      February 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
    • End Religion


      1-3% estimated as average in the who U.S.

      Congrats, priests, you statistically abuse more kids than the entire U.S. by about twice as much!

      February 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • End Religion

      This one claims priests don't abuse more than average: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/04/07/mean-men.html

      While that's slightly less disturbing, it certainly doesn't paint a very nice picture for the holier-than-thou type...

      February 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
    • nope

      I don't care what the percent is. Child abuse is disturbing when it's committed by anyone. But it takes a back seat to the repulsiveness of the church in its handling of the abusers. The church itself is complicit in the abuse because hiding abuse and moving abusers facilitates further abuse. No one can deny that fact – not even the pope who has personnally had a hand in the hiding and moving of abusers.

      February 4, 2013 at 12:27 am |

    Don't look at it as r@pe. The holy spirit simply choose to enter these boys through their buttholes. Amen.

    February 3, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • gerald

      Shut up imbicile.

      February 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The irony, she burns.

      February 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
  6. Douglas

    The church should be sued until bankrupt.

    They knew very well that their ranks were infested with gay , predator, priests and did nothing about it.

    Now liitle boys who were sodomized have grown into disturbed men, damaged forever.

    Castration of the perps is a good start for removing the predatory gay urge for illict coitus with children
    from the perpetrators of this sinful wicked practice.

    This can be done under local anesthesia, after which they can recover in a prison cell with a life sentence of hard labor
    under solitary confinement so they can never hurt anyone again..

    February 3, 2013 at 2:46 am |
    • midwest rail

      Standard fantasy nonsense from the delusional Douglas. He lives in a world of his own, with an invented church, "facilitators" who do not exist, and "rehabilitated" gay people he's created for one reason. Hatred. Well done, Douglas.

      February 3, 2013 at 6:32 am |
  7. End Religion

    Catholic priests are paid an average of $20K-$40k a year to molest your children. Not a bad deal for them!

    February 2, 2013 at 8:40 am |
    • The other Billy

      Not to mention free housing and a ho-oker, ah housekeeper, (or altar boys, depending on you know) and all the bread and wine, zombie style, they wish to consume. Second place of heaven on earth if you can't make it to vatican city.

      February 2, 2013 at 9:17 am |
    • End Religion

      Yeah, they get to lounge on a chaise all week, wrapped in maybe a towel while altar boys feed them wine and cheese. Once a week they have to look up a bible passage and then makeup an hour's worth of horseshit around it to feed to the Sunday sheep. Afterwards, go collect the paycheck, maybe a little extra out of the collection plate, and back to the chaise and altar boys. Ah, the honourable priesthood.

      February 2, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  8. Hmmm

    @profit – Your religion is a lie, your faith is empty, Islam or Judaism are no better than Catholicism, they all r a p e your mind even when they aren't r a p i n g your ass. Babylon the great is falling, get out of her my people.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:12 am |
  9. prophet

    end religion, i was told never to argue with fools.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:02 am |
    • End Religion

      I was told to never let religious simpletons post their garbage without challenge.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:08 am |
    • Hmmm

      That's going to be tough as you are starting any conversation up one fool already...

      February 2, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Well that explains why you buy into the purveyors of an abusurd myth prophet.

      February 2, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • Akira

      I gotaa call poe on this one.

      February 2, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • prophet freak

      End of the world who gives a sh-it, when it happens if it happens? Now down to business, who is going to win the super bowl, what will be the final score, should I give or take the points or bet the money line, any more correct prophecies about the game stats would be appreciated?

      February 2, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  10. prophet

    catholic clergy, dirty old men, its this simple hiding behind their seeming piousness. Leeches on the innocent.

    How many clergy try to raise money for this good deed and that, why don't don't they just as the vatican for money. They have it but are too mean to share it out with the poor they are against Gods Way and they know it. Liars most of them. Hypocrites, not doing what God has asked them.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:01 am |
    • End Religion

      Sorry if you were abused but you're just as nuts as they are. Might want to seek some actual help. Venting on a blog isn't going to help you move forward.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:05 am |
  11. prophet

    end religion is correct about ending religion but he seems of low intelligence with his other comment and must be aware that to insult God is a sin and must not be done.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • End Religion

      i fart in god's general direction. I do so safely because he's impotent.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • TANK!!!!

      You're the guy preaching about a 2000 year old Jewish zombie, and End Religion's the one with "low intelligence?"

      February 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  12. prophet

    what i do know is that most of the cathloic clergy are evil and abusers, i was abused by them too, but i was catholic but i am actually a Hebrew Judean.

    i do as Yeshua Mashiah instructed and try to help people good or bad and Israel is not a religion it never was, its a way of Life but sadly many have turned away from that moral Life. A few of try to maintain it all be a minority.

    The catholics have conned their way with people but remember that many allow it so this is how the catholics can maintain their seeming authority. Its sad but their time is limited as they have already imploded, there is no honour amongst the bad. See what is happening to them already.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:46 am |
    • End Religion

      Mankind's entire pantheon, including Jesus son of god and the Abrahamic god itself, never existed. All religion is a fraud. Calling beliefs "unaffiliated spirituality" or other hogwash, while still holding out for some sort of pseudo-christian being or afterlife, does not help one dodge this bullet. If you suffer from a brand of the delusion that holds any of it as "reality," it is no less crazy than any other.

      February 2, 2013 at 8:02 am |
  13. prophet

    people are correct when they say the world is ending as we know it but if anyone says he knows when then he is a false prophet, i have not told you when because even i don't know but all i know is that you need be ready Believer or non-believer as the signs have been fulfilled.

    Read Isiah 17 : 40

    February 2, 2013 at 7:34 am |
    • End Religion

      The bible is a known fraud. The only signs of anything happening is that housing is improving which seems to be a sign the U.S. economy is improving. Your preposterous "biblical signs" have been purported to be "coming true" for thousands of years. Sell your snake oil elsewhere you ineffectual dweeb.

      February 2, 2013 at 7:37 am |
  14. ronvan

    As with ANY large company-business, etc. two words apply. COVER UP!!!

    February 2, 2013 at 7:32 am |
  15. prophet

    can i inform you that the last pharoh of egypt before it finsihed as an empire was a person similar to the president now. Its in National geographic magazine, this is a sign and the this country that has the president is based on egyptian style authroty.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:28 am |
    • End Religion

      The enormity of your stupidity is astounding. You display less capacity for rational thought than a New Caledonian crow. Can you just tell me, for my own curiosity, do you think you could use a sequential series of tools to retrieve food? I really think we need to have you tested. Would you submit to a few test for us?

      February 2, 2013 at 7:34 am |
  16. prophet

    Forgiveness, but it is a gift that only be complete if accepted and how to accept, by being honest about your sins. Amen and i wish you all well as the time is upon us that we will have no choice but to Believe and Accept Yeshua Mashiah.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:21 am |
    • End Religion

      We forgive you your delusion. You're now free from its grasp so you may get on with a life no longer imprisoned in the cell of your own making.

      February 2, 2013 at 7:26 am |
    • midwest rail

      ".....the time is upon us...." Bullsh!t.

      February 2, 2013 at 7:26 am |
  17. Reality

    Who and Why and What to Do????->>

    Obviously ordination in any religion is not as-surance of good behavior !!!!!

    Neither is coronation!!! e.g. Henry VIII, King David.

    Neither is marriage as 50% of those men convicted of pedophilia are married.

    Neither is being elected president of the USA!! e.g. Billy "I did not have se-x with that girl" Clinton, John "Marilyn Monroe" Kennedy".

    Neither is possessing super athletic skill!!! e.g. Tiger "I am so sorry for getting caught" Woods.

    Neither is being an atheist or pagan or football coach since pedophilia is present in all walks of life.

    If someone is guilty of a crime in this litany of "neithers" they should or should have been penalized as the law dictates to include jail terms for pedophiliacs (priests, rabbis, evangelicals, boy scout leaders, married men/women, football coaches), divorce for adultery (Clinton, Kennedy, Woods), jail terms for obstruction of justice (e.g. Mahoney, Lynn, Clinton, Cardinal Law) or child endangerment (Sandusky, Paterno, Lynn, et al) and the death penalty or life in prison for murder ("Kings David and Henry VIII).

    February 2, 2013 at 7:19 am |
    • Akira

      You seriously think there should be a law enacted to force people to divorce?

      February 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • Reality

      Read more about divorce laws at http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/table_divorce

      February 3, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  18. prophet

    we are praying for you all, our enemes and sinners, the end is here, many have been saying it but this is it, the signs and the Prophets have had the prophecies fulfilled

    i say to all people pray because we need to.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:16 am |
    • midwest rail

      Men have been predicting the end of days since roughly 40 A.D. They were all wrong. So are you.

      February 2, 2013 at 7:17 am |
    • End Religion

      also, what would you be praying for? It doesn't work, and if the rapture is coming you should be excited. We've made our choice not to buy your snake oil. Peddle it elsewhere.

      February 2, 2013 at 7:21 am |
  19. prophet

    but God Forgives them but there is no salvation for them unless they repent and do Tshuvah.

    Yeshua Mashaih is Mashiah and King of Israel

    The war is upon us now the middle east is about to enter the war and this is the week is it bega. Israel is Gods Country amongst all all the evil.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:12 am |
    • End Religion

      Middle East has been fighting for thousands of years. What's new about this week?

      February 2, 2013 at 7:22 am |
  20. prophet

    most of the catholic clergy are deceivers and child abusers this is a fact and thye mislead the innocent, they are demented people who have made their own false authority. Disgusting evil but especially the catholic clergy, dirty evil people.

    February 2, 2013 at 7:04 am |
    • End Religion

      ...speaking of demented...

      February 2, 2013 at 7:23 am |
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