CA - SNAP blasts Mahony claims of “scant information”
It's mind boggling and insulting that Mahony claims those who criticize him have ""scant information."
Mahony has a three decade track record of ignoring, hiding and enabling pedophile priests. There are thousands of pages of records disclosed through more than 500 child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against his archdiocese. There is a weeks-long Stockton trial in the 1990s about an admitted serial pedophile, Fr. Oliver O’Grady, who Mahony supervised. There are almost 300 proven, admitted and credibly accused LA area priests (see BishopAccountabilty.org)
And now there are 12,000 more new pages of documents released weeks ago.
“Scant information?” That’s absurd. The public now knows more about cover ups by Mahony than any other US Catholic official, even more than Cardinal Bernard Law, formerly of Boston and now of Rome.
Today’s LA Times implies that Mahony, now retired, lacks the expensive and powerful public relations team he once enjoyed as head of the LA archdiocese. We doubt that. We strongly suspect that Mahony continues to get top-notch PR advice and assistance. And we are sure that his latest utterances add more pain to the already mountains of pain felt by hundreds of thousands of LA citizens, Catholics and abuse victims.
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.
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