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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2007 10:00 pm

A Morada attorney specializing in clergy abuse cases calls Cardinal Roger Mahony's apology to hundreds of people getting settlement money rather shallow.

Attorney Larry Drivon, with offices in Stockton, accused Mahony of apologizing for what priests, deacons and lay people in the Los Angeles Archdiocese did, but he didn't apologize for his own role in covering up sexual abuse.

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  • posted at 8:53 am on Fri, Jul 20, 2007.


    Lodian......THE VICTIMS AGREED TO THE SETTLEMENT!!! SO THE VICTIMS ARE LETTING THE CHURCH GET OFF EASY... GET IT??? They could have asked for the specific things you mentioned in the settlement but evidently did not. IF they(the victims...NOT YOU) were not happy with the terms of the settlement then go to trial. The ENTIRE cover-up would have come out, heads would have rolled and the church would be is far worse shape then it currently is...which is fine with me.

  • posted at 9:53 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2007.


    Nylodian..... And his replacement will be someone who covered up the same damn thing!!! just not to the extent of Mahony. Maybe it is better to KNOW your enemy.

  • posted at 9:03 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2007.


    WTF: There is a lot more Mahony and the church can do besides a shallow apology. Every last person involved in knowing about this abuse and covering it up, while shuffling Fr Ollie from one church to the next so he can have a fresh batch of children to molest, should resign and be excommunicated from the church forever. These people are as evil as Ollie himself. No, a settlement is not enough. The victims deserve a heck of a lot more. The church is getting off extremely easy! (as usual)

  • posted at 7:32 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2007.


    WTF: Mahony should apologize for HIS personal part of the cover up and as Lodian said, resign. How would it help the victims and other members of the church? It would give them peace of mind that he wouldn't ever be in the position to tolerate and cover up any other abuse, past present or future.

  • posted at 7:27 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2007.


    Sam: I will have to find it on dvd. I now live in a predominately Catholic town where that movie would never be shown, even though several area priests have been convicted of molestion.

  • posted at 4:48 am on Thu, Jul 19, 2007.


    sam.....And the solution to the problem???? "NOTHING SEAMS TO SATISFY".... The settlement must have satisfied SOMEBODY. Oh yeah, I do hope that you realize the Catholic church is not the only religious institution with this type of problem!! I am just glad the I saw the "light" a got out of all the HOLY s#&t long before anything happen to my family.

  • posted at 2:56 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2007.


    It is time that we Catholics, including the Papacy, recognize that a celibate clergy is a pipedream. Think about how many holy, TALENTED, married Catholics should be allowed to serve us...Including women...the time has come...

  • posted at 1:33 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2007.


    Nylodian, want a real eye opener, watch deliver "Us From Evil". I knew a lot of the people in the movie. It literally broke my heart. What a cover-up. Absolutely no respect for the innocent babies and children. What was this church thinking???

  • posted at 1:09 pm on Wed, Jul 18, 2007.


    WTF, Mahoney, Cain, and even the current pope all knew this was happening. They "pretended" that all was good in the catholic world. Come on. They are as guilty as O'Grady for allowing scums like him to continue to attack innocent kids. Hey, did you know the youngest victim O'Grady raped was 9 months old? Gotta love those God fearing, rightous men.

  • posted at 10:11 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2007.


    Lodian....Will your suggestions help the victims....NO Nothing he does will....except for agreeing to the settlement

  • posted at 8:28 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2007.


    WTF: Mahony should step-down...resign...retire...go away! he should NEVER be allowed to be in any position of power in the church again. he should face criminal charges at the very least.

  • posted at 4:23 am on Wed, Jul 18, 2007.


    What is he supposed to do but apologize??????? Maybe Mahoney should have slit his wrists and that would make it better? If they wanted him to release all the information then they(plantiffs) should have never have settled!!! BTW nobody is bitching about the attorney's fees MR. DRIVON!! 30% just a bit much!!

    Do people think that this only has happened in the US??? It has been occurring since the church was formed!!!

  • posted at 12:54 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2007.


    Sam: we have something in common here. I too was raised Catholic (Fr. Ollie, as I remember him, was a frequent guest at my house when I was little). I had problems with the faith before, but when I saw the CNN report showing Mahony KNEW and covered it up, I was done with the church right then.

  • posted at 11:52 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    Delta Instructor, I agree. His apology was too little too late. I was raised a Catholic and it is men like him that made me leave he church and seek another way to feel God. I viewed "Deliver Us From evil" and know quite a few people in the movie. I was sickened by what I saw. No money is enough to undo what this church allowed to happen. Mahoney knew what was going on and ignored it to protect and promote himself. There is not enough "ice" in the world to save him from his fate.

  • posted at 9:46 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    The church is spending a lot of money and resources to protect Mahoney from having to testify. Another big mistake by the church, protecting the guilty once again.

  • posted at 9:29 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    everyone else has to go to prison, but the church has money so they can buy their way how many poor people gave their last dollar to GOD and the church uses it to pays off their crime eternity is a long time to spend in Hell!!

  • posted at 9:24 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    Mahony was named in several of the cases in the LA diocese as well. Interesting how just before he was called to testify the church settled. I don't think I heard in his apology the mention of "bishops" or "cardinals" along with priests, etc. Hmmm.....

  • posted at 7:47 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    Thank you Mr Drivon for pointing out and important fact. In someways Mahony is as responsible as the offending priests. Sadly there are priests who left the U,S, and went to Mexico where some have fathered children. The church know who they are and supports them in their ministries. This is a shame upon the Catholic church that will last until they truly clean house.

  • posted at 7:09 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    Mahony covered the sins of the priests under his watch not because he took a vow of silents in the brotherhood of being a priest but to follow his own desire to climb the Cardinal Ladder for his thrist for power. He sacrificed children for his personal gain. His legacy in our church has exposed that he works for Satan. He should be in prison for conspiracy.

  • posted at 4:31 am on Mon, Jul 16, 2007.


    How sad it is. Mahony is going to need a lot of ice where he is going.



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