Tuesday, October 09, 2007

John Paul II Pedophile Priests in Orange County

The Dioceses of California are settling the clergy abuse at an alarming rate. In July Cardinal Mahony settled $660 MILLION, the largest amount in USA history. Bishop Brom decided to forfeit his bankruptcy filing and settled $200 MILLION. Then Orange County followed suit and paid $7 MILLION to finish its leftover from last year's $100 MILLION. Why such speed. It is because Opus Dei want to canonize John Paul II so they can say "St. John Paul II and St. Josemaria". See http://jp2m.blogspot.com/

The "Sins" Of The Father
While Catholic Priests Raped Orange County Children, Pope John Paul II Looked the Other Way

By Gustavo Arellano
Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 12:00 am

Pope John Paul II knew.

Of the many shocking stories to emerge from the Orange diocese's recently released personnel files, one is likely to resonate worldwide: the pope knew that Catholic priests were accused of molesting Orange County children as early as 1987--and apparently did nothing to stop the scandal.

That disturbing revelation is included in the papers of Father Andrew Christian Andersen. His file is included in the thousands of pages of documents released May 17 as part of the record-breaking $100 million settlement reached between the Orange diocese and its victims. Andersen pleaded guilty in 1986 to 26 counts of molesting four boys while working at St. Bonaventure in Huntington Beach.

One item in Andersen's file is an August 10, 1987, note to Orange diocesan officials from Monsignor Oscar Rizzato, then Secretariat of State for the Vatican. The Secretariat of State, as the Vatican's website describes it, is the arm of the Holy See's bureaucracy that "works most closely with the Supreme Pontiff in the exercise of his universal mission."

Rizzato's letter is brief: just an acknowledgement that the Vatican had received and was forwarding to Orange two letters from a non-Catholic outraged at the Orange diocese's handling of the Andersen case. As previously reported in the Weekly (see "Good Cop, Bad Church," Feb. 20, 2004), church officials stymied Huntington Beach police detectives who wanted to interview Andersen about the molestation claims.

The man, whose name has been redacted, said he was writing John Paul II "out of desperation and heartache." His letter describes the domestic havoc unleashed after a deacon abused his brother during the 1970s. The man also expressed disappointment that many St. Bonaventure parishioners and church leaders continued to support Andersen--after he admitted to the molestation charges, even after officials sent him to the Paracletes facilities in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, a remote counseling center for the church's child-molesting priests.

"If the Catholic Church would punish Father Anderson [sic] instead of hiding him in some small church in New Mexico," the man wrote, "perhaps others will look on child abuse as a real threat. I know we are not suppose to be judgemental [sic] and we are to feel compassion, especially for the ill which Father Anderson [sic] is, but is this 'out of sight, out of mind' method of dealing with the crime derived from Godly compassion or mortal embarrassment?"

His Holiness did not answer.

On June 4, 1987, the man resent his original letter to John Paul II along with another plea. "Although I have never been a Catholic member I have always looked to the Pope as a symbol of the true and pure belief in God and Christ," the man confessed. "I guess I need reassurance that you believe in what you say and the Bible's teachings and believe that the children are a great blessing from God that need our protection and love, not only when it is popular but more so when it is not."

His Holiness did not answer. Instead, Rizzato forwarded the letters to Orange, noting, "no reply has been sent." On Rizzato's letter, an unnamed diocesan official scribbled, "Michael—I will answer if you'd like—but, due to the contents, you might want to."

"Michael" was Michael Driscoll, then head of priest personnel affairs for the Orange diocese, now Bishop of Boise, Idaho. There is nothing in Andersen's files showing that Driscoll or the Vatican ever responded to the man's concerns.

Ironically, it was Andersen himself who sought a kind of justice. A couple of years later, he wrote to John Paul II, asking that the Holy See release him from the priesthood in light of his pedophilia. The contents of that letter are not known because the Orange diocese has yet to turn it over.

Monsignor Rizzato's inaction is another example of John Paul II's passivity in the face of the sex-abuse scandal destroying Catholic America. In an extraordinary essay in the June issue of Vanity Fair , John Paul II biographer John Cornwall argues the Church will never truly deal with priestly pedophilia until the hierarchy radically alters the approach instituted by the man born Karol Wojtyla. According to Cornwall, John Paul II was could not bring himself to blame individual priests and their conniving superiors for committing and aiding the rapes of innocents. Instead, Cornwall writes, the pope located the source of the crimes elsewhere, in the mysterium iniquitatis, the "mystery of evil."

"The comment distances the perpetrators, and indeed the Church, from responsibility," Cornwall wrote, "for it implies that the priests in question did not set out to abuse young people but were enticed to do so by Satan."

That's the philosophical view endorsed to this day by Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown. During a May 17 press conference at Los Angeles' Central Civil West Courthouse following the release of the priest personnel files, Brown constantly referred to the inaction of his diocese as a "sin." No one in the media challenged him. The correction was left to a sex-abuse survivor. From the back of the conference room, he asked Brown why the bishop called the crimes "sins" rather than "crimes."

It was as if Brown hadn't heard the man. He again expressly apologized for the "sins" of his church, and then he moved on.

To download the .pdf file containing the Rizzato memo and the letters to Pope John Paul II, click here. http://www.ocweekly.com/images/ink/05/37/gustavo01.pdf


John Paul II Pedophile Priests in OC Orange County

Peter Callahan: Grade A A-Hole

Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main
October 9, 2007 12:21 PM

For the past three years, employees for the Catholic Diocese of Orange have made our list of Orange County's Scariest People. In 2004, it was Bishop Tod D. Brown; 2005 included former diocesan spokesman Joseph Fenton, while last year's edition featured statutory rapist Jeff Andrade. Our Scariest People issue doesn't publish until later this month, but we can reveal the latest diocesan person to make the list: lawyer Peter Callahan.

Rather than list all the man's sins today, we'll just state one and leave the rest for our Scariest Issue. Today, after a judge ruled against the diocese today, Callahan and others staged a press conference. At the press conference was Sarah Gray, whom won a settlement from the diocese for her abuse at the hands of a former Mater Dei choir director. After Callahan asserted that Mater Dei officials properly handled all sex-abuse allegations for which the diocese was being sued (a claim we went over yesterday), Gray spoke up.
She told Callahan and a bevy of reporters that no such thing occurred when her parents asked Mater Dei officials to report her abuser (former choir director Larry Stukenholtz) to the proper authorities after they let him go in the late 1990s. Callahan didn't miss a beat.

"You had your press conference yesterday," he shot back, adding that Gray's case was irrelevant to the matter at hand in the press conference. Gray shook her head in disbelief. Orange County Register columnist (and good Catholic) Frank Mickadeit tried to pursue Gray's question further, but Callahan wouldn't hear it.

Petey: you need to stop with the uppitiness and show some compassion. Even Bishop Tod D. Brown was taken aback by your sheer asshole-ery. Then again, with all the losses you've suffered while representing the Orange diocese, you have every right to bitch. Regardless, hope you like our Scariest People entry on you later this month!


Peepee Match Between John Manly, Jubal On!

Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, Naranja News
October 9, 2007 11:50 AM

Today, Judge Gail Andler refused to dismiss a contempt-of-court motion filed against Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown by his longtime nemesis, John Manly for the recently settled Jeff Andrade case. Read more about the hearing in this Thursday's issue of the paper--for this post, I'll discuss a quien-es-más-macho incident that happened before Judge Andler's court went into session.

Manly associate Vince Finaldi set his suitcase in Judge Andler's courtroom a bit before 9 a.m. He went outside to take a call. Just as he left the courtroom, in came Matt (a.k.a Jubal) Cunningham, the man behind OC Blog and a fierce Manly critic. Cunningham sat next to where Finaldi was sitting. Neither knew who the other was--or so it seemed.

When Manly came into the courtroom, Finaldi pointed out Cunningham. Manly told Cunningham, "Hey Matt, want to go see the files?" Manly was referring to the thousands of pages of priestly personnel files that show diocesan complicity in the rapes of innocents.

"Not today," Cunningham replied.

"That's what I thought," Manly chortled back.

"I do have a job," Cunningham shot back.

"We all know what that is," Manly said knowingly.

"And what is that?" Cunningham asked.

Back and forth this pissing match went, until Manly basically dared Cunningham to go to his office tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and see all the documents; Cunningham said yes. Manly then looked at me.

"Are you going to be there to make sure he arrives?" he asked. Reading about the Dallas Cowboys' thrilling comeback, I demurred, stating it was a matter between them. And that's when the conversation turned weirder, with Cunningham asking if Manly would make their meeting "another media event" and Manly telling Cunningham, "How about we make a Mass out of it? How about we offer Communion?"

Now, boys. We like the both of you, although we think Cunningham doth defend pedophile protectors too much. But sling your schlongs back into your loincloths, and make that appointment (now scheduled for Friday, per Manly). Afterwards, let your respective spin start anew.

'Tittie Twister'™!How the Los Angeles archdiocese stretched, twisted and contorted to hide bad, bad priests in Orange County — and how we learned to love it

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 12:00 am


The Oct. 11 release by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles of records on 176 suspected child-raping priests adds new evidence that church officials played hide-the-pedophile for decades.

Instead of disclosing psychological reports and other crucial personnel information, Cardinal Roger Mahony released only one-page summaries on each priest. Even heavily redacted, the documents provide further graphic proof that Orange County Catholic Church officials accepted, tolerated and sometimes conspired to hide known pedophiles before OC split off to form its own diocese in 1976. Here are six of the worst LA/OC cases:

MICHAEL BUCKLEY In 1959, a father of two boys complained to the Los Angeles archdiocese that Buckley -- then working at Sacred Heart Church in Los Angeles -- flashed his sons. Six years later, a parishioner sent an anonymous letter to church officials requesting that they defrock Buckley because of his "moral fitness." Then-Cardinal James McIntyre instead made Buckley a hospital chaplain in Torrance and Lynwood until 1971, when Buckley took up residence at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Santa Ana. There, Buckley is accused of molesting at least eight boys.

LYNN CAFFOE His report shows parents at St. Callistus in Garden Grove complained in 1975 that Caffoe committed "a boundary violation" with altar boys. Officials transferred Caffoe to Los Angeles, where fellow priests found an undated videotape of Caffoe engaging in "improper behavior with several high school boys." A complaint was also lodged with the Huntington Beach Police Department in 1994. Detectives never followed up. Caffoe's whereabouts are unknown.

PETER GARCIA He spent eight months at St. Polycarp's Church in Stanton between 1975 and 1976, just after church records show he wrote a letter "regarding his friendship" with a woman's son while ministering in Monterey Park. Garcia is accused of molesting 12 boys in Los Angeles County parishes after leaving St. Polycarp's.

BERTRAND HORVATH Church records show Horvath was notorious at St. Kilian in Mission Viejo during the early 1970s, where he made altar boys "remove their shirts" and gave them what the document describes as "tittie twisters." Horvath is reported to have fondled himself while asking boys whether they masturbated. Horvath left St. Kilian for a Los Angeles-area parish and bounced across the country until 2000, when Orange diocesan officials finally alerted their peers at the Amarillo Diocese about Horvath's past. After that, Horvath was placed in counseling.

JOHN KOHNKE In 1974, Santa Ana police arrested Kohnke for "engaging in oral copulation of a minor." The one-line summary provides no further details, and church records from the time do not disclose the parish in which Kohnke served.

JOSEPH SHARPE The much-beloved monsignor at St. John Vianney Chapel on Balboa Island, where he served from 1978 until 1998. It’s probable few parishioners knew of Sharpe's past: two sisters informed the Los Angeles archdiocese in 1971 that Sharpe engaged in an "improper relationship" with them. By the time he arrived in Newport, the Los Angeles Archdiocese personnel board had forced Sharpe to resign in 1973 for "various personal problems" and undisclosed "job performance issues." This didn't stop the Diocese of Orange from accepting Sharpe upon its formation in 1976.


After 83 years, the bells of Fullerton's St. Mary School stopped ringing in May, victims of what the Diocese of Orange described as declining enrollment and the economy. And while we can't remember whether it's a venial or a mortal sin when you lie where the lives of the poor or sex crimes are concerned, this much we know: the county's Catholic officials can't keep straight their story about St. Mary.

Last year, the Diocese of Orange paid $100 million to settle claims with 90 victims of child-molesting church employees. In a letter last month to the county's 1.2 million Catholics, Bishop Tod D. Brown announced that all but $15 million of the debt had been paid off. His Eminence promised the faithful that the monumental payout -- at the time, the largest since the time of Jesus -- "does not put our financial stability at risk and not one dollar has been taken from parish or school funds or any other restricted donation. Further, I do not envision any further reduction in diocesan staff or services beyond what has already been experienced."

But God works in mysterious ways to reveal the ways of the wicked. Sometimes his tool is the Los Angeles Times. On Sept. 20, Father Art Holquin, pastor at the Old Mission in San Juan Capistrano, told the Times that the record settlement hurt.

"It would be unfortunate if people perceived that [the settlement] caused no pain. It did cause pain," Holquin told Times reporter Roy Rivenburg. Hardest hit, Holquin said, were "struggling Catholic schools in Santa Ana and other low-income areas [that] could have benefited from the $50 million that was diverted to the sex-abuse settlement."

Rivenburg did not press Holquin for details. But a little research reveals that this year alone church leaders closed the schools at Our Lady of the Pillar in Santa Ana and St. Mary, two parishes that serve largely Latino congregations. Diocesan officials at the time claimed the settlement had nothing to do with the closures, that declining enrollment and a tough economy forced their hand.

"Enrollment in Santa Ana has been dropping because of the increasing cost of tuition," diocesan spokesman Joe Fenton told The Orange County Register on Jan. 19, about the time the church was finalizing its deal with sex-crimes victims. "Consolidating the schools will allow us to eliminate administrative positions, hold the line on tuition and provide more scholarships to needy students."

Fenton, who clearly needs some work in remedial logic and math, did not examine the possibility that the church could have spent on scholarships the millions it spent for sex crimes.

No one at the Orange diocese returned our calls. But earlier this year, a Brown confidant provided the Weekly with a list of parochial schools he -- or maybe it was she -- claimed the diocese would close in order to pay off the sex-crimes victims. St. Mary and Our Lady of the Pillar were on that list. "[Brown] and his spinmeisters will give some kind of public explanation that sounds plausible," said the source, who requested anonymity. "But the bottom line is that schools that serve the Latino community are expendable."

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

John Paul II and Cardinal Mahony: Masters of Deceit Part 2

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

John Paul II and Cardinal Mahony: Masters of Cunning and Deceit, Part 2

In Part 1 of "John Paul II and Cardinal Mahony, Masters of Cunning and Deceit", July 17, we revealed that Mahony shortchanged the 508 victims of Los Angeles pedophile priests of their original asking price of $1.5 Billion in 2004 and that Mahony settled to avoid testifying in LA courthouse that could have become the ‘trial of the century’ and rivaled the O.J. Simpson spectacle in 1995. Most of all, we revealed ‘where angels fear to tread’ -- for the first time in the history of the Catholic Church -- that the Opus Dei is the ultimate responsible leader in the cover-up of the sin and crime of priest pedophilia in the 20th century – hence we disclose them as the real Octopus Dei. http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2007/07/john-paul-ii-and-cardinal-mahony-master.html And as a sign from God that we are doing right, suddenly ferocious gigantic squids appear in the southern beaches of California. The timing is extraordinary that such sea monsters and the Octopus Dei coincidentally do exist after all.

In Part 2, we reveal how the Opus Dei operates its Octopus Dei tentacles through its vast global media empire owned by their secret members and how they send their professional journalists to write Opus Dei spins here and there around the globe like this AP article. We accomplish this by analyzing in-depth this AP Associated Press international news on Mahony and show its hidden secretive Opus Dei spin. (If one can own the AP Associated Press, one easily own Reuters and the others as a piece of cake.) This AP writer acts like the PR for Mahony on the world stage. Like all other major newspapers act as PR for Mahony and the Pope per cunning and conniving of the Octopus Dei

For an objective study on the Opus Dei. http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/pubs/publications/1997opusdeithepopesrightarm.asp The OD operate the same way in USA and in all other countries.

"Opus Dei does not publish the names of its members, and many Opus Del members do not make public their membership in the organisation."

"Because of the high degree of members' allegiance to Opus Dei and its religious agenda, their work in the public sphere breaches the church-state division that is fundamental to modern democracy. It is essential, then, to monitor the organisation's undertakings in secular arenas -- a task made difficult by the fact that individuals' membership is often undisclosed to the public."

"The professions in which Opus Dei is strongest, particularly in Europe and South America (and USA), are the media, medicine, the judiciary, education (especially at the university level), and, above all, high finance and politics."

The OD international spins about the Los Angeles settlements are exemplified by links at the end of this post - from countries in the east Malaysia to countries in the west in America and Spain.

The Opus Dei spin and message is this: "WE rule, you kowtow to us. Other religions did pedophilia too, so the Roman Catholic church ain't so bad. So close shop, you SNAP, Abuse Tracker and Bishops Accountability, you are all finished and done. Put your files in boxes, especially you Bishop Accountability, and go home. The court cases are over. We have paid you off, the crime is paid. The cases are closed. Your files are now irrelevant like the old church Inquisition and the Crusaders history. Who cares to read them today? And who cares to read of your boxes of pedophile priests files? So go home and shut your doors and shut-up. And let us run the church as we deem fit – we want John Paul II to be canonized a saint ASAP so that together with our St? Josemaria Escriba they will rule over you and we’ll trample on you if you don’t obey us – just like we did with the Jesuit Jon Sobrino. Benedict gave him the Notification and the Opus Dei Bishop finished him off by imposing Silence on him prohibiting him to teach and publish [which he has done all his life for the poor people of El Salvador]. We don’t care about the poor; we only care about the impeccable reputation of soon-be-saint John Paul II and St? Josemaria Escriba.

“We don’t care about you and what you do for the survivors and victims of priest pedophilia. We have on only agenda – world domination and the cult and worship of John Paul II and Josemaria Escriba, our founder. You will all bow before us who are more holy than all of you. We pray in Latin, you don’t. The Opus Dei rules the world. See the map in our website? WE rule the world."

The Octopus Dei is so OBVIOUS yet invisible like the AIR we breathe. To prove with legal records the Opus Dei's cover-up of priest pedophilia at the Vatican and around the world is like trying to scientifically prove and hold with one's hands the air that we breathe.

But history is there for all of us to see-- Opus Dei's Joaquin Navarro-Valls was the Press Secretary of John Paul II from the beginning of his papacy until he died -- for more than 26 years.


Analysis of a classic Opus Dei spin via AP Associated Press

The AP news are broken down into phrases for clarity. Our comments are preceded by hyphens. We point out the deceptions written in between the lines. Now let's dissect this Opus Dei spin by this AP secret clone daughter of Escriba.


L.A. cardinal's apology may not suffice

--- The title suggests that Mahony’s apology is not enough and must require some more things other than an apology. But what are these “other” requirements? None, if you read the entire article (which is in italics).

--- Mahony's apology was a rehearsed actor’s speech. Mahony is an actor clone of John Paul II the great actor. Mahony should be charged as a criminal for aiding and abetting pedophiles. He should resign and be exiled to Rome and room with Cardinal Bernard Law at the Vatican quarters of Benedict XVI and the Opus Dei eunuchs.


--- Why is this subtitle all in capital letters, to emphasize “critics”?

--- But who and where are these “critics” and what are their names in this AP news?

--- Not one, repeat, not one LA theologian, nor the LA Times and major LA newspapers hollered at Mahony and cried foul like Boston Globe did to Cardinal Bernard Law in 2002. All LA media were mute about Mahony because most are owned by the invisible tycoon Opus Dei - therefore owned by Mahony. If you need proof go to their list of board members, stock and shareholders and editors. All LA media are reporting watered-down articles just to put on the appearance as if Mahony is "hurt" a little bit but really is "unscathed."

By Rachel Zoll

---- She has written more than one AP article on the LA settlements and they are all deceptive like this one. (Can’t waste my time to search for them now. Just google her name and you’ll see the pattern of her writing)

--- She’s has the signs of a secret Opus Dei member and may have relatives and friends in Opus Dei. She’s either a graduate or has taken extra journalism courses at the Holy Cross Pontifical University in Rome or other Opus Dei run or affiliated universities. She goes to confession to an Opus Dei priest who has instructed her to write this article point by point and praise her for being obedient and for defending the agenda of Opus Dei.

Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony approved a record clergy abuse payout

---“approved" is not the correct word; Mahony had to be “forced” by civil law (not church law) to settle or appear in court. He used every legal option to suppress victims’ litigations. He was too chicken to testify in court due the following Monday so he bargained out on Saturday, $660 million instead of the original 1.5 Billion asking price in 2004

opened the files of the Roman Catholic priests involved

--- This is a false statement. In fact Mahony continue to spend millions to delay court proceedings and delay the release of these files for the past 4 years and he had orchestrated to have some personal files to go "missing”.

--- And as this AP news itself suggests, the individual priest can still contest the release of their personal files which Mahony will encourage them all to do.

and looked into the cameras and apologized last week for the victims' treatment

---"looked into the camera" like a professional actor of Hollywood, all right. See his fox demeanor in our July 17 blog -- "But his eyes do not smile, they are wary, watchful, seeking the advantage, covering his sides and back.”

And it still might not be enough to satisfy some

--- This is a classic Opus Dei spin. It suggests something but prove nothing. Very vague. Typical OD line

--- To "satisfy some" who exactly? The poor victims who have no more oxygen to fight Goliath Mahony? Or is she referring to some “critics” like us who are left to voice the truth like the prophet Isaiah?

To fund the archdiocese's share of the $660 million settlement, the cardinal will have to sell property, liquidate investments and cut spending, dismantling part of what he built in more than two decades as the city's archbishop

--- She is praising Mahony now, the Opus Dei major spin.

--- She paints Mahony as a builder "built it in more than two decades" but she does not tell the other side of Mahony that for two decades he covered-up more than 500 pedophile priests, all pedophile criminals who should be rotting in jail instead of saying Mass!

--- She does not report the fact that Mahony and the Opus Dei lawyers are all laughing at the victims who had to settle for less than the original asking price of $1.2 Billion. The insurance will pay half of the settlements, religious orders will pay three-quarter of the other half, and Mahony will pay only about 50 Million which he can easily gain this in annual interest alone from the $4.5 Billion La diocese holdings and investments.

Even so, critics question whether the cardinal should have done more to rein in predatory priests in the nation's largest archdiocese.

--- Who are these "critics”? Imagine an AP professional journalist who cannot support her statement with simple facts.

--- Hello! Not ONE Los Angeles theologian dared criticize and asked Mahony to resign because he put no value in the survivors’ lives. Boston’s priests demanded Cardinal Bernard Law to resign. They pounded him non-stop until he flew to Rome to join the other cohorts-in-crime papal team at the Vatican, the Opus Dei and the then Cardinal Ratzinger.

Bishops answer only to the Vatican

--- Opus Dei is the only Prelature in the church meaning it is answerable only to the Vatican. This is an Opus Dei signature spin.

--- She is declaring that Bishops do not answer to secular judges and the courts of United States. She and the Bishops believe that Bishops are the “Prince of the Church” and are above the law of the land. This is in Escriba’s writings.

--- It had to take $2 Billion dollars to show that Bishops are subject to the law of the nation, that they are “below” or subjects to the courts. But the Opus Dei will spin that this doesn’t count because $2 Billion means zero in their church account. No parishes have been closed; no church properties have been touched in LA. $2 Billion does not make any dent in the vast real estate and secret investments of the church.

which had to sign off on some funding of the settlement, but every church leader needs the trust of the parishioners.

"He acknowledged he made some mistakes, he apologized," said the Rev. Thomas Reese, a fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.

--- This is the Opus Dei’s signature: to cite a Jesuit and put him in a negative light, not with hardcore evidence but in slightly negative terms. This is like putting a drop of poison in a potable system of a city; it is enough to poison the entire water system.

--- John Allen in his Opus Dei book used the same strategy, he ended his book by citing a Jesuit who was ‘ignorant’ of the Opus Dei’ work with the poor. But the fact is Opus Dei caters and recruits only the professionals and the rich, 99.9 % of their members belong to the professionals like lawyers and doctors and the richer elite with income above $50,000.

"Now the people of Los Angeles are going to have to weigh the good that he's done over the last 22 years versus the bad things he did and decide whether they can continue to accept him as their bishop."

--- This Opus Dei AP writer couldn’t find any critic of Mahony because there are no critics to quote in Los Angeles; she had to fish Thomas Reese out of Woodstock from the east coast, from faraway Washington, DC in the Jesuit Georgetown University. What happened to the many theologians in LA? They are all being choked by the Octopus Dei threatened to have their teaching licensed repealed.

--- It is important to note that Fr. Reese was the first victim of Ratzinger soon as he was elected Pope. God’s Rottweiler demanded him to resign from his post as Editor of the America magazine in New York. We covered it in our Ratzinger blog –

Last week's deal was made on the eve of a civil trial in which Mahony would have been grilled about why he left some abusive priests in churches without telling parents or police.

--- This civil trial is what forced Mahony to settle. It was the cheapest way for him to dodge the bullet of a trial wherein he couldn't hide the truth no matter how cunning he was. Still it is a small price to pay for his silence, $666 million instead of $1.5 billion.

As part of the settlement, the archdiocese agreed to release the personnel files of accused clergymen, which could reveal any direct links between Mahony and the guilty priests he supervised. But each priest tied to the 508 Los Angeles cases can challenge his records' release -- another potential obstacle to full disclosure.

--- This will be the next strategy of Mahony which is to suppress the disclosure of files. He is already doing this as of today in LA court. Church Attorneys are already objecting to production of documents over and over again.

--- Mahony strategy is “Who cares if the judge already denied this motion, if we file it 100 times, we can really wear down both plaintiff attorneys and the entire Los Angeles Superior Court civil justice system.” (a survivor)

Mahony, 71, has acknowledged the suffering of victims.

--- Oh, really? When and how did he do it? His ONE SPEECH of apology is really a sinister celebration of his own personal victory, he's fooling the people that the "biggest settlement" after all cost even less than the Boston diocese that had to get rid of its Archbishop's palace. When Mahony moves to smaller quarters like Cardinal O’Malley, then maybe he can “feel” a little bit for the “suffering of victims”. But as long as he lives in his Archbishop Opus Dei palace, he cannot feel any compunction for the victims. It’s all hearsay and crocodile tears.

He was among only a handful of bishops who revealed the names of suspected clergy so the public could be protected from them.

--- Who are you kidding? “Only a handful of bishops”? Who is this handful? Why don’t you name facts and faces? The fact is ALL Bishops had to be brought to court by secular lawyers to force them to reveal names of pedophile priests.

After a California judge approved the settlement Monday, Mahony received support from a lead lawyer for the victims. Attorney Raymond Boucher praised Mahony for meeting with victims and for working to persuade religious orders to sign onto the deal

--- This is one of the most insulting things to say to the victims and their good lawyers who worked hard to bring them some compensation and justice. It is tantamount to saying that “Hitler apologized to the Holocaust victims but at the end, their lead Jewish lawyer praised Hitler for convincing the Germans to pay the survivors.”

AP, you have sold your soul to Octopus Dei. How pathetic.


International Opus Dei spins

Editorial: Light at the End of a tunnel

Battle Fatigue

Vatican statement

Religion Beat becomes a test of faith

Clergy sex scandal a lesson for all - (Malaysia)

Sequitur, et Non

Chicago Bishop discusses abuse cases

L.A. cardinal's apology may not suffice
AP - http://www.kentucky.com/216/story/130192.html

The Teflon Cardinal
Los Angeles Times

Nuncio in Spain says Catholic Church's cases of clerical sexual abuse rank among the lowest


“Mahony belongs behind bars.”

On Saturday night, June 24, after the première showing of Amy Berg’s film DELIVER US FROM EVIL at the Independent Documentary Association’s Los Angeles Film Festival, a packed house stood amid thunderous applause as the father of victim who had been sexually abused as a five year-old proclaimed, “Mahony belongs behind bars.”

To say that the film documents the career of Fr. Oliver O’Grady, a priest born and educated in Ireland and ordained for the Diocese of Stockton, California would be true, but as deceptive as saying that Gone With the Wind is the story of how Scarlet O’Hara lost the farm.

Berg tells the story of people—parents, children, believing, faithful, church going folk—so easy to identify with that one is drawn delicately into a story as intriguing and riveting as a best-seller summer mystery novel. The story is woven between the families and kids who trusted the priest and the church—and how they became aware of the true nature of both—and O’Grady quietly, casually telling how he was abused by a priest as an altar boy and details the methods he used to groom, seduce, and sexually violate innumerable boys and girls in his parishes.

The camera follows the priest now freely walking the streets of Irish towns that are still unaware of the danger he presents and the trail of spiritual and psychic carnage he left in California as he was transferred from parish to parish to cover his trail of violations of children one as young as nine months old. (Yes, nine months old and vaginally penetrated.)

What could be visually as gruesome as open-heart surgery on TV becomes just the opposite in Berg’s production. It is like being drawn in to viewing Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholaes Tulp. It has a quiet, but somber, intriguing, and instructive mood.

The camera reflects with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel how the church delays, denies, deceives, and defies efforts to protect children from abuse. The anatomy of church control and the shield provided for abusing clergy is a powerful lesson. The depositions of Monsignor Cain, and especially Cardinal Mahony, speak louder than any imaginable commentary. Their performance exudes power precisely because it is literally unbelievable.

The church in predictable knee-jerk reaction will condemn this movie as anti-Catholic or anti-clergy. It is not. But this is no Da Vinci Code. Deliver Us From Evil is fact—well told fact and presented with artistry.

This documentary can be seen in Los Angeles August 18-24 during the Independent Documentary Associations’ DocuWeek. See it there if you can or hopefully in the future at a “theater near you” or the “Academy Awards.”


On June 28 this film was awarded $50,000 for Best Documentary

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