Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Priest Personnel Files Reveal Cover Up and More Scandal

Now I know why Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles refused to disclose his priests’ personnel files. They’re full of stories of sexual abuse cover ups and re-shuffling pedophile and ephebophile clergy. The NY Times got an advance copy of the personnel files of 126 Roman Catholic clergymen that “provides a numbing chronicle of 75 years of the church’s shame,” according to the Times. I think that’s an understatement on the Times’ part. The clergy abuse scandal which doesn’t seem to go away in spite of the bishops’ best efforts is about an egregious abuse of authority and power. The victimization of young people, especially innocent children cries out for justice and reparation.
According to those who have viewed the files, the personnel records have been cleansed so that many of the damaging details have been removed from public viewing. This appears to be another public relations move on the part of the Church rather than an attempt at resolution and healing.