Last Sunday’s Daily Breeze, South Bay, CA. 01/27/2013, contained the “document dump” of Roger Cardinal Mahoney’s unforgiveable snap shot, $660 million in settlements, of the global Church Sexual Abuse Scandal.
The headlines read:
“The Shadow of Abuse: Documents reveal pattern of shielding priests by Los Angeles church official.”
“Mahoney was at center of sex abuse scandal” “Court documents show that (Roger Cardinal) Mahoney and other church leaders shielded abusive priests from public knowledge and prosecution.”
“A New Era- Church initiates major reforms” “In this last decade, church leaders and members say, they have had to come to terms with feelings of anger, confusion and shame over the dark history of child molestation and the cover-up.”
“Father James Michael Ford-Reports of abuse met with skepticism.” This was the era of Timothy Cardinal Manning, Archbishop of Los Angeles, from 1970 to 1985, the mid-point of a half century of abuse.
“Father Michael Baker: ‘An extremely serious and grave situation’. “In a scandal that implicated dozens of priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, the case of Father Michael Baker is the one that Cardinal Roger Mahoney said troubles him the most.”
“Father Santiago Tamayo: Priest one of group exploiting teen girl.” “Appropriately enough, the tales of how Tamayo Cruces and five other priests sexually assaulted a 16-year girl were fodder for the tabloids in the 1980s which dubbed it “Snow White and the Seven Priests.” “The case files of Father Santiago Tamayo and Father Angel Cruces read like lurid dime-store novels. Appropriately enough, the tales of how Tamayo, Cruces and five other priests sexually assaulted a 16 year-old girl were fodder for the tabloids in the 1980s, which dubbed it “Snow White and the Seven Priests.”’
“Father Nicholas Aguilar Rivera: Visiting priest fled to Mexico after her was warned.” “The letter from the bishop in Mexico was friendly, offering warmest greetings and asking a favor from then- Archbishop Roger Mahoney.”
“Father Eleutorio Ramos: Molester reassigned 15 times in 20 years.” “Ramos admitted to police in Orange County that he had molested at least 25 boys over the span of a decade.”
“Monsignor Cristobal Garcia: He rose in church’s ranks” “The Vatican investigation came 27 years after Garcia’s “possible pedophilic activity” was noted in confidential files held by the Archdioceses of Los Angeles, along with a recommendation that it be turned over for investigation.”
“Father Michael Buckley: Mahoney informed of abuse at least twice.” “In the case of the family of three brothers, Cardinal Manning personally promised the boy’s mother in 1975 that Buckley would never again be allowed near children.”
“Monsignor Benjamin Hawkes: A ‘slick operator’ said one accuser.” “Hawkes saved the archdiocese from debt by selling off property he considered unnecessary, then growing the schools and hospitals. Hawkes was untouchable but according to a deposition and handwritten letter, the old priest liked to touch boys.”
“Father Lynn R Caffoe: Mahoney calls priest master manipulator.” “(Father) Caffoe has not truly resolved his inner anger and sexual tension, so that he remains a real threat to minors. This is confirmed by his subsequent behavior,” Mahoney wrote to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who is now Pope Benedict XVI.” Letter Dated 11/8/2004.
“Father Larry Lovell: Mission’s ‘problem’ cleric now in prison.” “Whatever church Father Larry Lovell passed through, he left abused children and sickened parents in his wake.”
“Father Fidencio Silva: 60 altar boys left in his charge.” “He was apparently also far too chummy with some of the 60 altar boys in his charge. He would eventually be accused of molesting more than two dozen of them.”
“Monsignor Peter Garcia: He preyed on vulnerable immigrants.” “Among the various priest accused over the years of sexual abuse, Monsignor Peter E Garcia seemed to have a specialty. Garcia’s victims-he confessed at one point to having 20-were primarily young undocumented immigrants, a quality that made their families less likely to prosecute.”
“Father Matthew Michael Sprouffske: Victim kept her silence for three decades.” “Memos between Father Roger Bonneau, Monsignor Thomas Curry and Cardinal Roger Mahoney show Sprouffske admitted the accusations were true, though he insisted it was only one incident of its kind. He also agreed to therapy.
Are we really justified in feigning “surprise?” Here we have mountains of incontrovertible proof, nothing left in defense except denial.
It is all just local here, or mirrored internationally, anticlimactic and a mere drop in the ocean of global Church Sexual Abuse. The real evil is alive and well, at the very pineal of institutions, The Catholic Church, Penn State, The Boy Scouts, and our Public School System (Miramonte et al). This scandal has touch and tainted very one of the Catholic Church’s Princes and Popes in the last century.
Every Pope and Cardinal, how could they not know, was complicit in the activities of “Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” the knowledgeable catch-all for these sordid facts.
The Paraclete Fathers rose to the occasion in 1947 and were diminished because of their honesty about clerical pedophilia. There can be no doubt that the last five Popes knew and were complicit by, “Not to act is to act”.
There no longer is any defense only denial framed by manipulative and insincere “Mea Culpas”.
Should we pray for Dietrich Bonheoffer’s religion-less Christianity and secular justice, the equivalent punishment for all pedophile derelicts and enablers? Church settlements, a disgusting morality abstractly contrived: is an outrage without jail time or give us Father Gerald Michael Cushing Fitzgerald’s Devils Island.
And the public’s silence, “Not to speak is to speak”. One didn’t think it could happen but this tops Jessica’s law awareness. Where are we going wrong?