With the election of a new Pope, the church is eager to begin its next chapter, but the past continues to haunt the L.A. Archdiocese.
In an exclusive investigation, never before heard tapes obtained by "SoCal Connected" reveal straight talk from church officials about how to deal with sexually abusive priests. They also show Los Angeles was part of a quiet experiment to reassign those priests. We've also done exhaustive data analysis tracking the abusers.
Vince Gonzales/Reporter: This stack of yearbooks is evidence of a 30-year-friendship.
Daniel Olivas: I think back then, we were a couple of guys who wanted to do well in school, and we wanted to do something with our lives. We both wanted to go get married and have kids, which we both eventually did.
Jaime Romo/Victim of priest abuse: Dan and I stayed in touch a lot, and I just always liked him. We came from similar families.
Olivas: The parallels are kind of startling; we both attended Loyal High School; we both went to Stanford University, and then we eve...
I believe that such people, can and will quite knowingly say almost anything that nearly “sounds” remotely “logical” not to support their own beliefs but rather, to dissemble, and discourage all of you. And, to distract you by trying to engage you in “debate” that is after all, ludicrious. There is no “logic” that can support anyone enabling (aiding and abetting) a priest or other church laity to prey on children of the families of church members. None. So, I again suggest to you that you STAY FOCUSED ON requesting meeting with Pope Francis, himself, no matter who (e.g. cardinal b. Law) he has already met with.
Do not waste your time asking or wondering why he has met with any others. Ask only, that he meet with you and your group.
I live in Los Angeles county, and am grateful to you at SNAP for having posted this public tv broadcast on this subject here. I did not see it on tv. Thank you.
I wish that Roger Mahoney could be removed from being the “celebrant” of many upcoming confirmations.