The following was sent to Cal Catholic from one of its readers on Mar. 26
In February 2013 as the news media reported on major clergy sexual abuse scandals in the Los Angeles Archdiocese and Archbishop Jose Gomez issued emphatic orders to Cardinal Roger Mahony
“Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties.”
Cardinal Mahony had publicly acknowledged that he knew of the sexual abuses by clergy but declined to report the cases to law enforcement or the District Attorney.
Archbishop Jose Gomez was emotionally moved when he read the case files.
“I find these files to be brutal and painful reading,” Archbishop Gomez said in a statement. “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.”
About one year later, however, Archbishop Jose Gomez and Cardinal Roger Mahony were both prominent at the ordination of Bishop Myron Cotta at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Sacramento Tuesday, March 25. Cardinal Mahony was also listed as one of the prominent clergy in attendance on the official announcement for the ordination.
Bishop Myron Cotta is a graduate of the St John’s Seminary of Los Angeles, which was then under the control of Cardinal Mahony.