Yet reading through the coverage, which includes quotes from the questions the bishops are asking of each other about how to police themselves on sexual misconduct, I keep thinking about how futile the effort is bound to be. Most of this happened under the previous archbishop; Wenski was sent in to clean things up. And maybe he has done that! In , the Washington Post editorialized, correctly, that Mahony is lucky to have avoided prison. His continued prominence reflects the culture of impunity in the Catholic Church a decade after its tolerance and complicity in the abuse of children was exposed.
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Patrick Reilly, pastor emeritus at St. Robert Bellarmine, accused of past sexual misconduct with a minor at church in Covina. Archdiocese finds 'no evidence'. Hillside District, CA — A retired Catholic priest with ties to a local church is accused of molesting a boy more than two decades ago at a parish school in the San Gabriel Valley. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Burbank, is one of two priests named in a lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct with a minor at Sacred Heart School in Covina. Reilly has not been accused of any prior misconduct, according to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which has determined that the allegations against Reilly are without merit. The lawsuit, filed Dec.
Roman Catholics in the US have delivered a petition asking Cardinal Roger Mahony to stay away from the conclave in Rome to choose a new pope. The former Archbishop of Los Angeles was stripped of his duties last month over allegations he protected priests accused of child sex abuse. Continuing scandals over sex abuse in the Church have cast a shadow over the process of choosing a new pope. Pope Benedict, 85, is due to step down on Thursday.
Cardinal Mahony is at the Vatican and met with the pope Thursday asking Benedict to pray for the people of Los Angeles. Mahony is facing renewed scrutiny for his role in the cover up of alleged sexual abuse by priests. At least two activist groups want to stop Cardinal Mahony from participating in the election of the new pope. The archdiocese of Los Angeles says that church law requires that Mahony attend the proceedings at the Vatican.