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Another sexual abuse lawsuit filed against former priest Oliver O'Grady

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Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 10:00 pm

Another sexual abuse lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who served at churches in the area and spent seven years in prison for abusing children.

But this lawsuit also named Cardinal Richard Mahony, now a high-ranking member of the church, who was bishop in Stockton when O'Grady worked in the area.

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  • posted at 2:10 am on Fri, Nov 21, 2008.


    I agree OTH

  • posted at 2:17 pm on Thu, Nov 20, 2008.


    That should have been Fawn. My bad. Sorry

  • posted at 2:16 pm on Thu, Nov 20, 2008.


    RawnWhat a shame that the church chose to bury this for so many years instead of the christians they claim to be.

  • posted at 2:15 pm on Thu, Nov 20, 2008.


    This suit against Mahony is long past due. I've wondered for a long time how he has managed to skate thru all the scandal.What's even more revolting are the priests that were sent by the church to Mexico that continued to molest children and in some cases father children by some of their victims.Perhaps the Catholic Church should be more concerned about pedophile priests than whomever their flock vote for.

  • posted at 2:12 pm on Thu, Nov 20, 2008.


    "It's my hope we put them into bankruptcy," Manly said.Isn't nice to see Orange County attorneys serving us so well? Maybe he can donate some of his 40% to a church that actually promotes goodwill. What a shame these molesters have cost the Church so much heartache and money.

  • posted at 2:07 pm on Thu, Nov 20, 2008.


    Rhodie, the excommunication is a given. How could a Priest be able to do his job if he were unable, as a registered sex offender, to be in the proximity of children. The fact that those in charge would not only cover for, but expose children to a pedophile due to a labor shortage is unexcusable. Mahony should be charged not only with being an accessory, but with aiding and abetting a criminal act. As far as married Priests, I think it's idiotic to not allow marrying for priests. The whole thing started with the Roman belief that a man should abstain the night before a sporting event or battle. Priests started doing the same the night before mass. The message derived from that practice was that marriage and sexuality were no longer holy. Time for a little enlightenment.

  • posted at 6:31 am on Thu, Nov 20, 2008.


    Cognito, Prison is the what the secular law should perscribe. The excommunication and others I mention is for after they get out.I don't know if it would help but many Catholics are now starting to think that married preists should be allowed. It would increase the ##'s of priests and eliminate the "if we turn him in we won't have anyone" mentality that I think may have led to many of the criminal priests being being moved rather than dealt with.

  • posted at 3:16 am on Thu, Nov 20, 2008.


    Rhodie, prison is the only true justice in this matter. These men are criminal child predators and should be treated the same as all others.

  • posted at 3:12 am on Thu, Nov 20, 2008.


    My only question about the lawsuit is why go after a Church (St. Anne's) when that was not where the abuse accured? Did the victim atend this church at the same time as the priest or was itt eh home parish for the victim when it occured? Everything in the article says this happened at locations in Stockton so why go after St. Anne's?And I agree that any priest proven to have molested anyone should be excommunicated from the church, lose retirement benifits and do serious jail time. Officials who covered it up through neglect or deliberate actions should also be severely punished by the church depending on the extent of action taken from loss of advancements (knocked back down to "priest" level), jail if their actions were criminal and even excommunication with loss of retirement benifits.It isn't until the church enforces strict and harsh laws that the "protect our own" mentality will stop.

  • posted at 1:57 am on Thu, Nov 20, 2008.


    I'm glad to see this happen. Mahony should be living the rest of his days in prison for not only hiding and protecting these criminals from the law, but also for what amounted to pimping off innocent children for these guys to predate. How many innocent lives were ruined over the years? I wouldn't be surprised if there aren't more Priests burning in Hell than Lawyers.



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