CA - Event: Victims blast Archdiocese, Cardinal
- Event: Victims blast Archdiocese, Cardinal
- Hundreds of newly exposed documents show extent of sex abuse and cover up in LA
- Documents show Cardinal personally involved in abuse cases
- He covered up for abusers, keeping them in ministry for years
- Other abusers were paid secret salaries or “sent out of town” to avoid police
- Mahony, church officials must be held accountable for crimes, victims say
Holding childhood photos, victims of child sexual abuse and their supporters will discuss the recent release of hundreds of pages of clergy sex abuse and cover-up documents made public as a part of a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. They will demand that Archbishop José Horacio Gomez:
• Publicly admonish Cardinal Roger Mahony for knowingly covering up for molesters,
• Immediately fire, remove and punish anyone who abused or endangered a child,
• Stop continued legal maneuvers that have delayed the release of other documents and stalled justice for victims, and
• Cooperate fully with law enforcement and civil authorities.
They will also:
• Urge law enforcement to carefully review the documents and prosecute anyone–including Cardinal Roger Mahony–who broke the law,
• Beg anyone who was abused, or who saw or witnessed abuse, to contact law enforcement, not church officials.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11 am
Outside of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple (at Hill), Los Angeles. Map
Six-to-seven victims of child sex abuse and their supporters who are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. SPANISH speakers will be available for interviews.
Today, hundreds of pages of clergy sex abuse and cover-up documents were made public as a part of a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
The documents, which outline the careers of 14 predator priests, show how Cardinal Mahony and other high-ranking church officials concealed the sexual abuse of children from law enforcement and the public. Including, according to the Los Angeles Times,”[proposing] strategies to prevent police from investigating three priests who had admitted to church officials that they abused young boys.”
According to another document, LA church officials paid “a secret salary” to a Philippine priest who, along with six other priests, sexually abused a girl and got her pregnant.
The files were released as a part of a lawsuit against former Los Angeles priest Father Nicholas Aguilar Rivera. They are not a part of the documents that are scheduled to be released as a part of the 2007 Archdiocese settlement with more than 500 victims of child sexual abuse.
All of the documents may be viewed here.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.