In the wake of the release of documents that showed that Cardinal Mahoney, the former archbishop of Los Angeles, covered up the rape of children by priests in his diocese, the current archbishop has delivered a very stern punishment of allowing him to remain retired.
I cannot undo the failings of the past that we find in these pages. Reading these files, reflecting on the wounds that were caused, has been the saddest experience I’ve had since becoming your Archbishop in 2011.
My predecessor, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, has expressed his sorrow for his failure to fully protect young people entrusted to his care. Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry has also publicly apologized for his decisions while serving as Vicar for Clergy. I have accepted his request to be relieved of his responsibility as the Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara.
Boy, that’ll teach ’em. Let me make this clear: They should be in prison, along with every other priest, bishop, archbishop and cardinal — and the current pope — who ever did anything other than report priests who rape to the police.