Predatory priests are not the problem. It is the unaccountable governance structure of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinals, Bishops, and Priests operate in their own secret world above the law. They often lead a double life preying on the gullible sexually, financially, and theologically. They do not genuinely care for their victims or families but only to preserve their own status, power, and perrogatives.
According to the Associated Press, the archdiocese of Los Angeles paid out a record setting clergy abuse civil settlement, 660 million, to prevent Cardinal Mahony from having to testify in court.
I wonder why Catholics would continue to financially support a church this corrupt?
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony approved a record clergy abuse payout, opened the files of the Roman Catholic priests involved and looked into the cameras and apologized last week for the victims' treatment. And it still might not be enough to satisfy some.
To fund the archdiocese's share of the $660 million settlement, the cardinal will have to sell property, liquidate investments and cut spending, dismantling part of what he built in more than two decades as the city's archbishop.
Even so, critics question whether the cardinal should have done more to rein in predatory priests in the nation's largest archdiocese. Bishops answer only to the Vatican, which had to sign off on some funding of the settlement, but every church leader needs the trust of the parishioners.
"He acknowledged he made some mistakes, he apologized," said the Rev. Thomas Reese, a fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. "Now the people of Los Angeles are going to have to weigh the good that he's done over the last 22 years versus the bad things he did and decide whether they can continue to accept him as their bishop."
Last week's deal was made on the eve of a civil trial in which Mahony would have been grilled about why he left some abusive priests in churches without telling parents or police.