California Attorney General opens Probe into Archdiocese of Los Angeles

We are encouraged by the announcement that AG Xavier Becerra will open a probe into the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and their handling of clergy sex abuse allegations.

Especially given the fact that, for the last decade, LA catholic officials have refused to update or add to its list of “credibly” accused clerics. And as an additional fact an LA bishop was known to be an abuser and was kept in his job, where he was supposed to be a gatekeeper against, among other things, child sex abuse.

We can only wonder how many other admitted, proven and accused abusers may have benefited from this reckless secrecy. Vigilance and transparency are the best ways to keep children safe from predators and to support survivors of sexual abuse.

Other sources have said that this review may extend to other dioceses in California as well. This is a good move. There is likely little difference between how diocese and religious orders throughout California handle allegations of abuse, so we believe any investigation should extend to each of those institutions as well.

Recent cases from the Diocese of Oakland and Diocese of Fresno make it clear that abuse is a current problem at other Catholic institutions in California. We hope that this probe will shed more light on these cases and result in safer communities for children throughout the state.

CONTACT: Dan McNevin, SNAP Board Member (dmcnevin@aol.com, 415-341-6417), Joey Piscitelli, SNAP California (caljoey1@aol.com, 925-262-3699) Melanie Sakoda, SNAP Survivor Support Coordinator, (msakoda@snapnetwork.org, 925-708-6175), Esther Hatfield Miller, SNAP Los Angeles (562-673-9442, estherhatfield@yahoo.com), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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