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.