Cardinal Mahony Deposed to Answer Questions Relating to His Knowledge of Sexual Abuse within the Church

Cardinal Roger Mahony was deposed for several hours to gather information regarding the childhood sexual abuse that has occurred in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, focusing in particular on Father Michael Baker, Father Baker’s abuse of three parishioners, and the attempts made to keep pertinent information secret. Father Baker, who is now serving a sentence… read more

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New Testimony Sheds Light on Abuse Cover-ups by Mahony

Mahony ordered church officials to delay reporting sex abuse to police until the abusive priest could be defrocked, according to Monsignor Loomis, a former high-ranking official within the Catholic Church. Msgr. Loomis’ testimony was well received by Attorney John C. Manly and his client, Luis C. But the testimony also wasn’t surprising. The abuser in… read more

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Lawsuit Alleges that Mahony Failed to Properly Respond to Sexual Abuse Claims

Attorneys from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi filed a suit alleging that Cardinal Mahony and the Catholic Diocese improperly responded to, and interfered with, evidence of sexual abuse within the Church. The complaint questions the transfer of Fr. Lopez from Italy given his history as a sexual abuser, and the complaint goes on to question his… read more

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Mixed Emotions Expressed Regarding Settlement

Monica Almeida/The New York Times Cardinal Mahony apologized to the victims of clergy sexual abuse today, saying that he hoped the Church’s recent settlement for a record-breaking $660 million would bring a “final resolution” to the survivors. For abuse survivor Anthony Almeida (one of the 508 victims represented in the case), this settlement, and Mahony’s… read more

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Sex Abuse Victim Looks to Brighter Future

Monica Almeida/The New York Times Cardinal Mahony apologized to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the LA Archdiocese When Anthony Almeida, one of 500 sexual abuse victims in a recent lawsuit against the Catholic Church, was a young boy, he was continually molested and then raped by a trusted local priest. Almeida, a… read more

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Priests’ Privacy Rights Cannot Override Protection of Children

[See Judge Lichtman’s order. On the Franciscans at St. Anthony’s Seminary, see also 11 Friars Molested Seminary Students, Church Inquiry Says, by Seth Mydans, New York Times (December 1, 1993); Sex ‘Vibes’ Permeated Seminary, Victim Says, by Seth Mydans, New York Times (December 1, 1993); The St. Anthony’s Seminary Report, by Geoffrey B. Stearns et… read more

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LA DA Office Releases Statement Regarding Arrest of Father Michael Baker, a Priest Currently Involved in Litigation with a Client of Manly & Stewart

After much support and cooperation of various governmental organizations, state and federal agencies, and victims, Father Michael S. Baker has been arrested and is expected to be arraigned next week for numerous counts of child molestation and sexual abuse; meanwhile the investigation into these allegations is ongoing. Read more about Father Baker: Monsignor Lenihan Ordered… read more

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Another Catholic Priest Convicted of Abuse: Father Lopez Sentenced to 6 Years

Despite support from parishioners, Fr. Lopez was convicted of molesting of three young males during his time at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. During sentencing, one of the victims of the priest’s abuse spoke about the consequences of the priests abuse and said “He killed my faith. I’ll never… read more

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First of Three Victims Testifies against Catholic Priest in Criminal Child Abuse Case

The first of three victims in this Catholic child abuse case testified against Father Lopez today. The victims testimony related to the sexual encounters and communication he had with Fr. Lopez after attending mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. The testimony will be used to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to try the… read more

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Father Michael Baker and Father Carlos Rodriguez Criminally Charged With Numerous Counts of Child Molestation

If Fathers Baker and Rodriguez are found guilty and convicted on all alleged counts of molestation against them, they could each face prison sentences of more than twenty years. Although the defense team for Father Baker is trying to minimize the allegations, we remain optimistic and hopeful that the arrests of these perpetrators will encourage… read more

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