Priest abuse scandal

More than five years after a civil settlement by the Los Angeles Archdiocese with more than 500 victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, a judge ordered the church to make confidential personnel files public. In the files, memos written by Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and Msgr. Thomas J. Curry, then the archdiocese's chief advisor on sex abuse cases, offered the strongest evidence yet of a concerted effort by officials to shield abusers from police. Following those revelations, Mahony was relieved of his public duties by his successor, Archbishop Jose Gomez, and Curry resigned from his post as bishop of Santa Barbara.

PHOTOS: Cardinal Roger Mahony over the years

L.A. Archdiocese settles final priest abuse case for $13 million

L.A. Archdiocese settles final priest abuse case for $13 million

The Los Angeles Archdiocese has settled what officials said is the last of its pending priest molestation lawsuits,...

Priests' ecclesiastical missteps treated more sternly than abuse

Priests' ecclesiastical missteps treated more sternly than abuse

The archdiocese of Los Angeles learned in the late 1970s that one of its priests had sexually assaulted a 16-year-old...

Vatican impeded Mahony attempts to remove priests, files show

Vatican impeded Mahony attempts to remove priests, files show

In 1993, Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote to the Vatican with an urgent problem. One of his priests in the Archdiocese of Los...

For Roger Mahony, clergy abuse cases were a threat to agenda

For Roger Mahony, clergy abuse cases were a threat to agenda

From the start of his tenure as the leader of L.A.'s Catholics, Roger Mahony had ambitious plans for the archdiocese....

Clergy abuse case filled with silent bystanders

Clergy abuse case filled with silent bystanders

Long before Father Donald Patrick Roemer was charged with molesting a young boy, his behavior had been observed by many.

Sex-abuse investigations rip open Catholic Church's secret files

Sex-abuse investigations rip open Catholic Church's secret files

Preparing for his return to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after six months' treatment at a center for pedophile...

An L.A. church leader's posthumous fall from grace

An L.A. church leader's posthumous fall from grace

Starting in the 1950s, Msgr. Benjamin Hawkes got L.A. churches built, hobnobbed with the rich and helped the poor. Ten...

Lawyer in church sex-abuse case locked in bitter divorce battle

Lawyer in church sex-abuse case locked in bitter divorce battle

Ray Boucher walked out of a downtown Los Angeles courthouse six years ago the envy of the legal field. As the lead...

Vatican murmurs about Mahony's attendance at papal conclave

Vatican murmurs about Mahony's attendance at papal conclave

ROME -- A senior Vatican official called Cardinal Roger Mahony's participation in the selection of the next pope...

Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

Pressed to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars to settle clergy sex abuse lawsuits, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony...

Cardinal Mahony's deal with the devil

Cardinal Mahony's deal with the devil

Column: Do we have a little spat going on now at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles?

L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities

L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities

Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and a top advisor plotted to...

A priest's confession, a man's relief

A priest's confession, a man's relief

When Damian Eckert read his former choirmaster's 'sexual autobiography,' part of a court-ordered release of church...

Judge orders archdiocese to restore names in abuse files

Judge orders archdiocese to restore names in abuse files

Church leaders who mishandled child sex abuse allegations will be named in a 30,000-page cache of internal Archdiocese...

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