Something's happening in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles which is unprecedented.
The details, related to the crisis of sexual abuse by priests, are reported in the Los Angeles Times and include the statement of Los Angeles Archbishop Joseph Gomez who has curtailed the administrative and public ministry of former Los Angeles archbishop Cardinal Roger Mahony; and the announcement that Bishop Thomas Curry has resigned as regional Bishop of Santa Barbara.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced Thursday that Cardinal Roger Mahony would have a reduced role in the church and that Santa Barbara Bishop Thomas J. Curry has stepped down from that job amid recent revelations over their handling of the priest abuse scandal in the 1980s.
"Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties. 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,” Gomez wrote in a letter.
Internal Catholic church records released Monday show that 15 years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Mahony and Curry discussed ways to conceal the molestation of children from law enforcement.
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