Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced tonight that Cardinal Roger Mahony has been relieved of all public duties and that he has accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry, who served as Vicar for Clergy under the cardinal.

“Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties,” said Archbishop Gomez in a letter posted on the archdiocese’s website. “Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry has also publicly apologized for his decisions while serving as Vicar for Clergy. I have accepted his request to be relieved of his responsibility as the Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara.”

The archbishop’s decision comes following the recent court-ordered release of archdiocesan documents that implicated Cardinal Mahony and Bishop Curry in a widespread coverup of sexual abuse on the part of priests.

“I find these files to be brutal and painful reading,” Archbishop Gomez said in the letter. “The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed.”

“I cannot undo the failings of the past that we find in these pages,” said the archbishop. “Reading these files, reflecting on the wounds that were caused, has been the saddest experience I’ve had since becoming your Archbishop in 2011.”

To read the archbishop’s full letter, click here.