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So, we were right about what we presumed regarding the Mahony regime?...(UPDATED)

UPDATE 2/3/13: For the record: only a day after releasing the letter stripping Cardinal Mahony of all "public duties", Archbishop Gomez released a "Clarification" which stated that:

Questions from the faithful and some members of the news media indicate that it would be helpful for me to clarify the status of Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry. 

Cardinal Mahony, as Archbishop Emeritus, and Bishop Curry, as Auxiliary Bishop, remain bishops in good standing in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with full rights to celebrate the Holy Sacraments of the Church and to minister to the faithful without restriction.


Our Lord and Mother Angelica:
"We win"

From the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:

January 31, 2013
Los Angeles

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

This week we are releasing the files of priests who sexually abused children while they were serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

These files document abuses that happened decades ago. But that does not make them less serious.

I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed.

We need to acknowledge that terrible failure today. We need to pray for everyone who has ever been hurt by members of the Church. And we need to continue to support the long and painful process of healing their wounds and restoring the trust that was broken.

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.

To every victim of child sexual abuse by a member of our Church: I want to help you in your healing. I am profoundly sorry for these sins against you.

To every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I want you to know: We will continue, as we have for many years now, to immediately report every credible allegation of abuse to law enforcement authorities and to remove those credibly accused from ministry. We will continue to work, every day, to make sure that our children are safe and loved and cared for in our parishes, schools and in every ministry in the Archdiocese.

In the weeks ahead, I will address all of these matters in greater detail. Today is a time for prayer and reflection and deep compassion for the victims of child sexual abuse.

I entrust all of us and our children and families to the tender care and protection of our Blessed Mother Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Angels.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles

Read also: Cardinal Mahony's Cosa Nostra, by George Neumayr. If only the Cardinal had been as thorough with his priests as he was in his humiliation of Mother Angelica for her defense of the Most Holy Sacrament against his attacks, or in his efforts to keep the Traditional Latin Mass as rare as possible in his Archdiocese...


  1. Andrew12:16 PM

    As an orthodox, traditional Catholic I am no fan of Mahoney.

    I suggest every Catholic watch the documentary "Deliver Us From Evil" to understand how Mahoney operated and the destruction that these perverted priests have caused (I think its on youtube). Or watch the documentary "Vows of Silence" on youtube about how some at the vatican protected the evil Fr. Marciel of the Legion of Christ.

    Before everyone starts saying that the Mahoney scandal is a result of his liberalism...I would think twice. Yes, liberalism has allowed much evil to fester in the heart of the Church. And Mahoney has done a horrible, horrible job. But clerical abuse and the covering up of such abuse existed long before Vatican II. Members of my own family were abused long before the Council and nothing was done. Reports from many countries have also shown that this disgusting behaviour on the part of clergy and those who enable them have long existed in the Church. The cause of this is a misplaced desire to preserve image and power at the expense of truth and humility. This is not a liberal or conservative issue...its simply evil and the inability of clergy to deal with it because of their desire to preserve prestige and image.

    The lame excuse that it would cause "scandal" if people knew what some priests did is bogus. What causes scandal is when the shepherds do nothing to protect the flock, and then actually turn on the sheep to defend the wolves. We must root this cancer of abuse and cover up out of our Church with ruthless resolve!

    Removing Mahoney and his pals is a good first step.

  2. How come the way these Bishops have pushed heretical doctrine over the last decades is not taken as seriously as the way they treated the sexually abused. Those of us that had to deal with lies about what JESUS taught by these men have also been abused!

  3. Andrew1:02 PM

    Dear Edward,

    With respect, its not an "EITHER/OR" situation. Both are evil and must be dealt with. I agree, orthodoxy in doctrine is essential. Both orthodoxy and orthopraxis/holiness of life should be firmly upheld by the Church and her Bishops/clergy.

    I will say this though. Being raped by a priest is much harder to deal with and undo than having a liberal nun teach you some half baked ideas. With liberal theology you can usually get over it by reading a couple good books and having a good priest to guide you. Being healed from sexual abuse takes a lifetime. The immediate danger to innocent children posed by predator priests must be dealt with first. Both perverted priests and those who enable them must be rooted out with a vengence.

  4. First, the years of covering-up; then, the years of out-of-court settlements with "silence to publish" deals; followed by denials, denials and more denials; sequelled by refusal to apologise.....and now the inevitable......too late as the damage has been done.

    Remember it was The Church that attempted to stop the court orders to release all the necessary documents that have dealt the guilty parties the justice they deserve.

    If only The Church & pope of the day had listened to Fr Fitzgerald.

  5. Fidus et Audax1:06 PM

    "I only fear bad Catholics." St Bernadette

  6. Fidus et Audax1:14 PM

    Good to mention Mother Angelica here as well regardless of what her network has become since she left. She battled Mahoney and never backed down. She also was extremely frustrated with the modernist direction of the Church such as altar girls but she always advised not to worry because the doctrine of the Faith was untouched and safe. When Summorum Pontificum made the TLM "legal" Mother Angelica had a TLM said in Hanceville by the FSSP on the very first day possible.

  7. Henry1:25 PM

    Could it be suggested that he was responsible for far greater damage and suffering in the form of liturgical abuse than in the area of sexual abuse?

  8. John Gerardi1:52 PM

    The Mahony legacy: an ugly cathedral, 690 million dollar settlement, the shattered lives of dozens of children, and a broken diocese.

  9. NoRancor2:20 PM

    I agree with Henry. As horrible as sexual abuse is, as impenitently evil as it is, it can be counted in the 1000s or tens of thousands of individuals.

    Heretical or absent catechetics, lack of Confession, moral laxity, and wretched liturgical practices have imperiled millions of souls across the globe, and driven vast numbers of laity into mortal sin or simply out of the Church, and driven religious out of their vocations.

    I wonder how many souls have died in mortal sin, that might have otherwise ended in Purgatory or even Heaven, since this collapse? How would it be different had this wretched abomination of desolation not occurred?

  10. CredoUtIntelligam2:33 PM

    As LeonG stated, the Diocese opposed the release of these records, and it moved to have the names of Church officials in the documents redacted.

    This announcement comes only after a court compelled the release of these unredacted documents, and the "punishment" is to remove the administrative duties from an already retired Cardinal.

  11. Henry and "NoRancor":

    Who are we to make such judgements? Leave it to God. Oppose both evils. Making comparisons between them is of little purpose.

  12. Benedicta2:41 PM

    In my Novus Ordo parish in Alabama(around 1997) Cardinal Mahoney was a saint, a model for the Church. I remembered having to "study" Cardinal Mahoney's letter concerning the changes that needed to occur in the Liturgy... I was also asked to step down from that Lituurgy committee...

  13. Hogwash2:47 PM

    All those who fight the SSPX and think it is evil to speak the truth publicly or wash dirty linen in public take note - it was not until the STATE publicly released these documents that NAMED NAMES (that the Church knew all about & their lawyers and the people who worked w/them and were paid off by them and the families of the "priests") that this "Reform of the Reform" Church takes action.

    Note how Rocco has picked up on this new formula:

    "It'd be the kind of appointment bound to cause a bit of whiplash for some: a Joseph Bernardin protege passing his chair to an energetic champion of the "reform of the reform.""

    These "young" bishops will be in power for 25 years. Remember when Wuerl was sent to "clean up" Hunthausen - and now under "Catholic" church-going, abortion-promoting administrations, gay "marraige" is legal in both DC & Maryland (and Washington State which has also legalized "assisted suicide" (murder)), gays are in the boy scouts and passing out their cards at the March for Life.

  14. John McFarland2:47 PM

    The complete lack of supernatural outlook in Archbishop Gomez's statement is still another saddening thing.

    It is what the world expects one to do, the world for which Our Lord would not pray.

  15. This sort of disgusting child abuse is a direct result of liberalism within the Church, and the poor formation given to priests at modernist seminaries.

  16. @John McFarland: Lack of supernatural outlook? How about these statements:

    "I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed."

    "We need to acknowledge that terrible failure today. We need to pray for everyone who has ever been hurt by members of the Church."

    To every victim of child sexual abuse by a member of our Church: I want to help you in your healing. I am profoundly sorry for these sins against you."

    "Today is a time for prayer and reflection and deep compassion for the victims of child sexual abuse."

    "I entrust all of us and our children and families to the tender care and protection of our Blessed Mother Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Angels"

  17. No less a Saint than St. John Chrysostom said, "The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops!"

    The cause of the sexual abuse by clergy is the influence of Satan in the Church. You see, Lucifer hates anyone who follows Christ and will do everything in his power to lead followers of Christ into the path of destruction.

    St. John Chrysostom had it right IMO and the bishops of the Church will have a lot to answer for come Judgment Day (as we all do). But, IMO their hatred for the Traditional Liturgy gives testimony to who their leader really is.

    Even today, we see high officials in the Church persecuting those who hold fast to Tradition, as commanded by St. Paul in II Thessalonians. That it appears the holy father himself may be complicit in punishing traditional groups for their adherence to Tradition makes one wonder who is in charge in Rome today?

    I ask the holy father, humbly, to grant papal jurisdiction to all Traditional orders recognizing him as the Vicar of Christ, thus putting this matter to rest once and for all. After all, it's not just the SSPX that have been fighting this battle but many others not so well known.

  18. Re: Cardinal Baloney, at she didn't buy the Crystal Cathedral, the biggest worship space in the world, next to the St. Peter's in the Vatican, and soon to be a Catholic Cathedral (they architect was fey, so I'm sure the accruements will be fantabulosa!)

    I'd rather worship the TLM in than the hideous worship-of-man abomination called the Taj Baloney!

  19. Maloney, unfortunately, represents only a microcosm of the systemic problems in the liberal modernist church. Meanwhile, The Vatican insists there is nothing amiss with the councils of the 1960s; it was only the interpretation. It certainly remained significantly silent over this one.

  20. Mahoney certainly was adept at conjuring up illicit ideas for liturgical abuse. According to the reliable lex supplicandi.......lex credendi axiom it is objectively demonstrable that the NO which is disproportionately vulnerable to liturgical abuses. Personally, I have no doubt at all that there is a direct causal link between the two crimes, cited among the responses here, against The Faith.

  21. Andrew said, Removing Mahony and his pals is a good first step.

    Mahony's already been out of the picture for a while now, so this "censure" is really no big deal. That Curry is gone, is great and a relief for the Santa Barbara area. We'll see what ilk the Holy Father replaces him with, we dread.

    Keep in mind, folks, though, there aren't any more "pals" around to fall. There may be mid- and lower-level clergy within the Chancery who may be reshuffled or fade away but this is it as far as the "biggies."

    1. East coast1:44 PM

      Do tell? I hope all the rumors are wrong, but there remain a certain cardinal archbishop of Washington and his immediate predecessor...

  22. Jose Chingaderas5:34 PM

    Too little, too late. The damage is done.

    It would be hard to convince me that Archbishop Gomez didn't know about all of this when he came into Los Angeles, or, at very least, shortly thereafter. I'm glad he's locking down Cardinal Mahony, but one can't help but suspect that it is posturing for the media, since they are now forced to disclose the information they've been sitting on for so long.

    I love the Church and I will never leave, but Cardinals like Mahony have nearly destroyed the Church with their modernism, leftist politics and deceptions. I hope and pray Gomez will soon show the same backbone and shut down the disgraceful Religious Miseducation Congress that Mahony poisoned catechists with for so many years.

  23. Part 1 of 2...(Thank you)

    On his Web site on March 1, 2009 A.D., Father John Zuhlsdorf reported the following anti-Traditional Roman Mass declaration that Roger Cardinal Mahony offered during an online chat at the Religious Education Congress:

    Question: "What are your thoughts on the Tridentine Mass?"

    Roger Cardinal Mahony: "The Tridentine Mass was meant for those who could not make the transition from Latin to English [or other languages] after the Council.

    "But there is no participation by the people, and I don’t believe that instills the spirit of Christ among us."

    Father Zuhlsdorf then commented strongly against Roger Cardinal Mahony's declaration.

    "Could not make the transition? What are they, stupid? Have they been lied to?

    "No participation by the people? What are they doing there?

    "Doesn’t instill the spirit of Christ? What is going on there, Your Eminence?

    "Are Eastern Catholics stupid or not participating or not instilling the Spirit of Christ if they attend the Divine Liturgy in their sacral liturgical language and their mode of participation, shut out by a screen and forced to listen?

    "He slapped our ancestors, Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and everyone who loves our Church’s Holy Mass and Divine Liturgy in all its beautiful, meaningful, sacred and legitimate forms."

    End Part 1


  24. Dear friends, the Cardinal's name is spelled:

    M A H O N Y

    There is no E.

  25. Edward said, How come the way these Bishops have pushed heretical doctrine over the last decades is not taken as seriously as the way they treated the sexually abused. Those of us that had to deal with lies about what JESUS taught by these men have also been abused!

    That would call into question their Vatican II weirdness. That's certainly more important to them than the welfare of any child. Evidently.

    Andrew said, The immediate danger to innocent children posed by predator priests must be dealt with first. Both perverted priests and those who enable them must be rooted out with a vengence.

    Well, we're stuck with both now, and with ++Gomez. He's no great shakes either!!

    NoRancor said, "...I wonder how many souls have died in mortal sin, that might have otherwise ended in Purgatory or even Heaven, since this collapse? How would it be different had this wretched abomination of desolation not occurred?"

    Well said!

    PEH said, "That it appears the holy father himself may be complicit in punishing traditional groups for their adherence to Tradition makes one wonder who is in charge in Rome today?"

    With this recent dust-up, I wonder if we'll be hearing anything out of Rome. Only when it comes to whomever will replace Curry. Well, when it comes to a diocese as huge as ours, the Holy Father only scrapes the bottom of the same diocesan barrel. An Auxiliary is only a mouthpiece of the Ordinary anyway.

  26. It is a shame that Cardinal Mahony spent so much energy badgering poor Mother Angelica instead of cleaning up the Church in LA. It's as though he was pointing to a splinter in his brother's eye and not seeing the log in his own.

  27. Part 2 of 2 (Thank you)

    The purpose of my post isn't to attack Roger Cardinal Mahony out of attack him while he is down.

    After all, I am a sinner.

    I must note that the Cardinal apologized the other day for his horrific actions in question.

    My point is that time after time during the Vatican II Era, the link between Churchmen and anti-TLM...anti-Holy Tradition...attitudes has been evident.

    Show me a Churchman who despises the Traditional Roman Mass, and I will show you a Churchman who has unleashed destruction during his watch.

    The collapse of the Church during our time, at least the collpase of the Latin Church, is without question linked almost exclusively to the anti-TLM forces within the Church.

    Roger Cardinal Mahony was destined to unleash destruction upon the Church.

    Name the Cardinals, bishops and priests who, during the Vatican II Era, have despised the TLM...

    ...examine their dioceses and parishes...

    ...and you will find ruins.

    But Roger Cardinal Mahony has an option...has one help to repair the destruction that he has unleashed upon the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Holy Mother Church.

    Roger Cardinal Mahony could, if you will, convert to the Traditional Roman Mass.

    The Cardinal would obtain the wonderful graces and monumental sense of Catholic identity that flow from the Traditional Roman Mass.

    In turn, Cardinal Roger Mahony would help to lead the charge to turn the Latin Church away from Novus Ordoism.

    The monumental collapse of the Latin Church will not end until our Churchmen embrace — to the the hilt — the Traditional Roman Mass.

    The bottom line is that one way or another, the cleansing — the restoration of Holy Tradition — of the Latin Church is underway.

    In many cases, said cleansing will feature the collapse of Churchmen and their legacies.

    But said cleansing is also possible in much more positive fashion via Churchmen who transition to the Traditional Roman Mass.

    I pray and hope that Roger Cardinal Mahony converts to the TLM.

    He would benefit personally and greatly from the above.

    In turn, Cardinal Mahony would help to convert countless folks to Holy Tradition.

    Please, my dear brother in Christ Cardinal Mahony, help to restore Holy Tradition to our collapsed Latin Church!

    I also ask Roger Cardinal Mahony to pray for me as I am a sinner.


  28. Jose Chingaderas said..."Too little, too late. The damage is done.

    "...Cardinals like Mahony have nearly destroyed the Church with their modernism, leftist politics and deceptions."

    NBW said..."It is a shame that Cardinal Mahony spent so much energy badgering poor Mother Angelica instead of cleaning up the Church in LA. It's as though he was pointing to a splinter in his brother's eye and not seeing the log in his own."

    Yes, Roger Cardinal Mahony (he isn't alone) has wrecked the (Latin) Church in many ways — from liturgical destruction to sexual abuse scandals.

    But now is the time to pray from him (I don't mean to imply that neither of you has not prayed for the Cardinal).

    It is time to pray in many ways for Roger Cardinal Mahony and his ilk — Churchmen who have shipwrecked the Latin Church.

    We should, for example, pray that Roger Cardinal Mahony will convert to the Traditional Roman Mass to strengthen his faith and Catholic identity.

    His conversion to the Traditional Roman Mass would position him to lead the charge to restore Holy Tradition to the Los Angeles Archdiocese and Universal Church (at least the Latin Church).

    Only the Latin Church's return to the Traditional Roman Mass and Holy Tradition will lift Her from Her state of collapse.

    That will require the tansition/conversion of Cardinals, bishops and priests to the TLM.

    Roger Cardinal Mahony could seize the moment to do so.

    He could help to repair the collapse of the Latin Church, in which he played a prominent role.

    I note that I am a sinner.

    In my way, and in far less prominent fashion as I am nobody, of course, as far as fame and accomplishments are concerned, I have wounded Holy Mother Church via my sins.

    I am certain that people have seen me at my worst and determined..."he is Catholic?...really?...he's attached to the TLM...none of that has had any influence upon him...forget the Catholic Religion...forget the Latin Mass..."

    Therefore, not that he has asked me personally, but I take mercy upon Roger Cardinal Mahony.

    As I am his brother in Christ. I feel sad for him.

    His failures are public...big-time public!

    Compared to Roger Cardinal Mahony's situation, my failures and sins are unknown...but God, of course, knows.

    The cleansing of the Latin Church is underway. She will, as Pope Benedict XVI has made clear, continue to long as our Churchmen refuse to embrace the TLM.

    But Roger Cardinal Mahony could help to change that.

    It is not too late to restore the Latin Church in grand fashion. But our Churchmen, most of all our Pope, must act now.

    But for now, let us pray for our brother in Christ Roger Cardinal Mahony. In turn, may he pray for us.

    May we work as brothers and sisters to restore Holy Tradition throughout the Latin Church.


  29. He is still a cardinal elector. God help us!

  30. Archbishop Gomez's actions are a good first step - bound to send a message around the world to bishops, given that the Vatican *must* have been consulted.

    But it is not enough. And it is way overdue.

    Records must be released, save where names of the innocent must be protected.

    Cardinal Mahony still has the faculties to celebrate the sacraments. That must be changed, immediately.

    He must be removed from the College of Cardinals. And the same should be done with Cdl. Law.

    Cdl. Mahony could then be "requested" to move to a remote monastery of known austerity to work out his penance - available for interviews by prosecutors, of course.

    And yes, we must pray for his soul, as we must for those of who he failed so badly.

  31. Tom said...

    Sorry Tom, you must be naive...Mahony has had the opportunity to apologise many times over the years for what he was covering up. This apology rings hollow in the face of such a scandal.

    Indeed, we are all sinners but I am sure none of us here have sodomised boys and girls while our religious superiors were turning a blind eye or moving us on to pastures new for another round of the same abuse.

  32. I was disgusted that Mahoney said Bp. Williamson could never become a member of the Catholic Church.

  33. How about considering that Gomez wanted to restrict Mahony from the beginning but couldn't until the courts forced the extent of his perfidy to be made public? And his letter does deal with spiritual realities. Mahony left the Archdiocese of LA in terrible shape physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Some of the commenters here should have to step into that cesspool and clean up the mess Gomez inherited before they are so quick to pan this bishop. We should be praying for Gomez to continue firmness in dealing with all the evils out there.

  34. Mahoney? How many boondoggles does it take? Cardinal Ciappi was right, "In the Third Secret is foretold, among other things, that the Great Apostasy in the Church will begin at the top".

    The big story should be, "Pope names Paul VI venerable". That's the show stopper folks! Next comes the judgement, as in the Three Days of Darkness. Can you put your Smart Phone down long enough to get the message? You are out of time!

  35. Paulus8:43 PM

    Clerical abuse against children, charges of Mafia-style cover-ups, and the destruction of Catholic moral teaching are tearing at the Catholic Church, and turning the 2,000 year-old faith into fodder for lowbrow comedy.

    An affidavit recently obtained by INA Today attributes the Catholic Church's present state of collapse to a calculated attack beginning decades ago, with initial successes appearing in the 1960s.

    The affidavit affirms that Communist Party organizer and high Party official, Bella Dodd, made public statements during the decade of the 1960s declaring that the Catholic priesthood was infiltrated by numerous Communist agents, whose mission was "to destroy the Catholic Church from within."

    Dodd later returned to the Catholic Church and published a book about her experiences, entitled School of Darkness (out of print at present).

    "In the late 1920's and 1930's, directives were sent from Moscow to all Communist Party organizations. In order to destroy the Catholic Church from within, party members were to be planted in seminaries and within diocesan organizations," Dodd stated according to the affidavit.

    "I, myself, put some 1,200 men in Catholic seminaries," Dodd publicly declared.

    Dodd did not include these remarks concerning her activities directed against the Catholic Church in her book, which was first published in 1954, leading some to question whether the remarks were actually made.

    Catholic philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand confirmed that Dodd had made the remarks, and provided the affidavit from Paul and Johnine Leininger, who witnessed Dodd making the public statements.

    Mrs. Johnine Leininger stated that there were others who could also verify that Dodd made the statements regarding infiltration into Catholic seminaries.

    Dr. von Hildebrand stated that Dodd had earlier refrained from detailing Communist efforts to undermine the Catholic priesthood at the request of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the individual responsible for bringing Dodd back into the Church.

    Dodd's infiltrators would have reached their highest positions of power and influence in the early to mid-60's, the period which saw the initial doctrinal and moral collapse within the Catholic Church.

    The process of Communist infiltration into Catholic seminaries, which Dodd described in her public talks, would have been part of a larger plan called "Outstretched Hand."

  36. Paulus8:45 PM

    Communist Party archives in Moscow confirm the existence of operation "Outstretched Hand," and define its goals, according to Herbert Romerstein, author of the seminal work on Soviet espionage in the United States before, during, and after WWII, "The Venona Secrets."

    At least one Soviet agent directly involved in "Outstretched Hand" is identifiable.

    One document in Moscow's Soviet archives reveals that the Communist Party had infiltrated several influential Catholic organizations, including the Holy Name Society, the largest parish-oriented Catholic men's group, which is devoted to increasing reverence for the name of God and to good works in the Church and in society in general. A Holy Name Society chapter exists in almost every Catholic parish in the U.S.

    The same document acknowledged the existence of a certain "Party comrade," who was "well known" in "conservative Irish Catholic circles" and who held offices "in various Catholic organizations…"

    The "Party comrade" operated in a key parish which provided "leadership" and shaped "the policies of most of the reactionary and anti-Communist campaigns that are now developing in the Catholic world," according to the Soviet file.

    Romerstein also recounts in The Venona Secrets that the staff of the Catholic anti-Communist publication entitled Wisdom, produced by a priest of the Paulist order, was infiltrated, and unknowingly employed two Communist agents in influential positions.

    The Party boasted that one of their agents was "widely known to be a conservative in Irish circles," and was a staff correspondent for Wisdom. Romerstein identified the Party member and Soviet agent as Jeremiah F. O'Carroll, who, in 1930, was the president of the Irish Emergency Relief organization.

    Although O'Carroll was identified as a spy in 1938, he remained listed as a staff correspondent for Wisdom at least until March 1939.

    The second Soviet agent who worked for Wisdom remains unknown to this day.

    The most recent - and notorious - incident of hostile infiltration into the U.S. Catholic Church is that of veteran FBI agent and convicted spy, Robert Hanssen. While placing his nation in mortal danger through his espionage activities, Hanssen also was believed to be a fervent Catholic.

    Hanssen led a double life of betrayal, while serving as a spy for both the Soviet and "reformed" regimes in Moscow.

    Although the precise extent of Communist infiltration of which Dodd spoke remains unknown, the effects are recognizable. Today, traditional Catholic beliefs, practices, and morality are not merely questioned, but are denounced and scorned by many of those who should protect and profess Church doctrine.

    Mrs. Leininger, who confirmed Dodd's statements, told INA Today that she knows of several priests who faithfully taught the Catholic religion until they became bishops or were promoted to other influential posts, and then immediately exhibited hostility to that same faith which they had previously professed.

    Leininger described these priests as "sleepers," a term designating individuals or groups who carry out their espionage function only at a selected time. Before becoming active, the "sleeper" will refrain from any espionage or subversive functions.

    Dodd's infiltrators -- those who lost or never actually held the Catholic faith -- would have been the mentors of the present generation of Catholic priests and bishops, in effect conducting their own "School of Darkness."

  37. Conciliarist10:03 PM

    Not to worry, friends. He's in "full communion."

  38. GQ Rep10:17 PM

    Cardinal Mahoney was totally corrupt, as were most of the bishops of his generation when he became Bishop of Stockton, and then Archbishop of Los Angeles.
    The early 1970's thru the 1990's was the era of the "Bernardin Boys"...those hundred or so bishops who shared the same radical, dissenting agenda as proposed by their leading clique of Cardinals Dearden, Bernardin, and scores of Archbishops (Hunthausen, Kelly, Untener, Hubbard, Clark, Trautman, Gregory(the last man standing of this notorious club), Adamec, Pilarcyzk, etc. etc. etc.
    These men did their utmost to destroy traditional Catholicism, as well as destroy the teachings of the Church, or at least undermine them. The Nathional Catholic Reporter was their mouthpiece, and it trumpeted the views of this group as if they were in actuality the real Catholic Church.
    What these men did (Mahoney among the worst), is tragic. And that most came to power during the watch of John Paul II during his early years does not speak well of his Papal intuition and judgement of men.

    This is a tremendous embarassment for Mahoney....long overdue.

    Mahoney's successor is moderatly better than he was...but we need an Alexander Sample, or Salvatore Cordeleone to follow in the See of Los Angeles (or another like minded bishop).

  39. Thank you Paulus, for corroborating in detail what I have been saying for so long, that the church was infiltrated as far back as the 1930's by agents of the communo-socialist regime in Russia, really an international front. Who knows how high their infiltration reached. But one criteria makes them instantly recognizable: their sickly, rotten, filth laden fruit, such as Vatican II and its spawn, all of it stinking and festering in the bring sunlight of the internet age. Nothing has been lost, and all will be exposed in due course. Thanks be to GOD that the laity now have the instantaneous communication that makes clerical obfuscation a thing of the past. We may not be able to prevent the emperors of the world from wearing their "new clothes", but we can certainly all confirm to each other that they are just as naked as jaybirds. May Mahoney - I enjoy mis-spelling his name - rot along with his putrid, unnatural, perverse and perverted fruits. I hope Gomez cleans house to the last of them. Operation "Amputated Hand" should begin right now.

  40. Was Archbishop Gomez involved in the "church's" effort to prevent the release of the documents?

    If so . . .

  41. Archbishop Gomez is in my prayers. I think it unrealistic for anyone to believe the the good Archbishop could even have developed a solid understanding of the situation in a year or so, let alone have cleaned it up already! I would not be surprised if any bishops had declined the see of Los Angeles due to this issue.

    @Steve Calovich: I tend to agree with you. Politically, the world seems to be approaching a zenith in paganism and offensive-to-God lifestyles. I expect we have 'til about 2017. That is coincidentally, the centennial of Fatima, and quincentennial of the protestant revolt. It should be remembered that the French Revolution began 100 years to the day from when the King of France declined to consecrate his realm to the Sacred Heart.

    Nowadays, while there seems to be a movement back to orthodoxy within the breast of the Church, outside her things are just going to go POP!

  42. StevieD said, "He is still a cardinal-elector. God help us!"

    Pray the Holy Father can last another two years. By then the Cardinal will be 80 and INELIGIBLE.

  43. Richard Malcolm said, "Records must be released, save where names of the innocent must be protected."

    Whomever's name was on the pages when they were released has already been released. The diocese tried to redact information but the other side got to court to overrule them and the rest is history.

    Cardinal Mahony still has the faculties to celebrate the sacraments...

    He must be removed from the College of Cardinals. and the same should be done with Cdl. Law."

    Rome won't do that and it doesn't rise to that occasion to do so.

  44. Joseph12:08 AM

    Blaming this on Vatican II is absurd. Most of these perpetrators and protectors of these heinous crimes over the last half century were ordained priests before the end of the Council. The sickness infecting the Church was around for decades before the Council and only in the last few years under Pope Benedict XVI have things turned around. I always see criticism of the Council but rarely criticism of the pre-Conciliar Church whose clergy embraced modernism and the most vile crimes. The modernists were ordained bishops by Pious XII and his predecessors.

    What people should be asking is how can we ensure monsters like these are never again allowed to enter a seminary or be around children, if we can't simply throw them in a pit.

  45. Judith12:17 AM

    We all know, without a doubt, what infiltrated the clergy of the Catholic Church and brought about the "eclipse" we are now living through, and it wasn't Communists.

  46. NIANTIC12:50 AM

    The Pope should remove Mahony from the College of Cardinals forthwith.
    This would send a powerful positive message to the Church and world.
    Mahony's attitude and arrogance should be totally unacceptable to anybody. What he has done during his term in Los Angeles is despicable.
    Retribution from Rome now should be swift. These renegades must be swept away. There is no other way.

    Prayers are fine, but the stables must be cleaned out pronto.

  47. Anonymous1:33 AM

    O the horrible and fearful judgement which those Popes, who appointed such men as Mahony, as Bishops, will have in the hour of their death!!!!

  48. LeonG said..."Sorry Tom, you must be naive...Mahony has had the opportunity to apologise many times over the years for what he was covering up. This apology rings hollow in the face of such a scandal.

    "Indeed, we are all sinners but I am sure none of us here have sodomised boys and girls while our religious superiors were turning a blind eye or moving us on to pastures new for another round of the same abuse."

    Yes, I am sure that each of us here has never "sodomised boys and girls."

    In regard to Roger Cardinal Mahony apologies that pertain to the issue at hand, I have taken him at his word.

    No matter what may be said of him, I find it difficult to believe that Roger Cardinal Mahony does not hurt inwardly in that children were abused sexually in his Archdiocese or, for that matter, anywhere.

    Now, Cardinal Mahony made public a few hours ago a letter that he had sent this morning (Friday) to Archbishop Gomez.

    To place it in common terms and for better or worse, Cardinal Mahony has made clear to Archbishop Gomez that he (Cardinal Mahony) won't be pushed around.

    Bishop against bishop? I don't know.

    But I acknowledge that my posts in regard to high hopes for Cardinal Mahony's "conversion" to Traditionalism may have been answered by the Cardinal's letter in question.

    He is not ready to accept certain realities in regard to the issue at hand.

    It is sad. What a difficult time for Holy Mother Church.


  49. Brian said... "Was Archbishop Gomez involved in the "church's" effort to prevent the release of the documents?"

    I don't know.

    But Cardinal Roger Mahony has, if you will, attempted today to turn the tables on Archbishop Gomez via a letter that he sent this morning to the Archbishop and which he, Cardinal Mahony, made public.

    In said letter, Cardinal Mahony said to Archbishop Gomez:

    "When you were formally received as our Archbishop on May 26, 2010, you began to become aware of all that had been done here over the years for the protection of children and youth.

    "Not once over these past years did you ever raise any questions about our policies, practices, or procedures in dealing with the problem of clergy sexual misconduct involving minors."


  50. Hello Matt,

    Rome won't do that and it doesn't rise to that occasion to do so.

    The heck it doesn't.

    But you're probably right. Rome is not likely to do anything.

  51. One wonders why Mahony and Curry were so quick to cover up this evil. Is there some unspoken "elephant in the room" here? What is the real reason for there defense of gay/abusive Novus Ordo priests? I wonder if these two have a hand in the cookie jar themselves? Mother Mary Angelica gets the last laugh today. Hopefully justice comes in the form of H.H. Pope Benedict XVI removing Mahony and Curry from the priesthood.

  52. Rob A.4:49 AM

    Cardinal Mahoney spent hundreds of thousands hiring lawyers and publlic relations men to attack Mother Angelica. He was like an attack dog in his pursuit to destroy Mother Angelica. But happily failed. She fought these attacks with dignity and fortitude resulting in a victory for the Church at large. God Bless her.

  53. Augustine6:32 AM

    Vengeance is mine, says the Lord. God's dispensation of justice is a mystery but here, I think we can see justice coming into focus. Cardinal Mahoney is passionate about himself, his legacy, and and his lasting impact on the Church. Rome is not likely to remove him from the diocese. Instead, he will be forced to exist there, as a simple priest and suffer daily humiliation and irrelevance. And as his diocese slowly begins to right itself and return to some semblance of sanity and, God willing, some day, Catholic orthodoxy, he will witness firsthand the erosion of the evil that he's willed for 40 years. He will live to a ripe old age to see his life's work destroyed. And for a man like this, that would be the worst punishment he could suffer.

  54. Common Sense9:10 AM

    Shocking indeed, but not surprising, very prevalent. This poor wretched man Card. Mahony was not only complicit in crime but outright participated in it. Nevertheless he is just the tip of the iceberg. The question is, what actually shaped his mindset? Needless to say, V II can be compared to an open-ended bag, without any checks and balances, where everything hangs on hints and nudges. It is a constant chain of misbehaving clerics. Well, dear apparatchiks, the jar finally got broken. The chief reason why you sabotage the regularisation of the SSPX is that you know very well that once the SSPX is in, you will be out. You are just so accustomed to ill-deserved honours, similar to those of the Pharisees, that you just don't want to hear the truth. Repent and beg our Divine Lord's forgiveness. In the meantime we still have to pray for you to remedy and at the same time prevent at least some of those heinous crimes.

  55. I can not believe everyone of the people posting here are ignoring what really should have taken place. Why is he simply retired? This Cardinal should be put on trial and put in jail for covering up horrible crimes committed against children.

  56. Peterman10:47 AM

    Hey Matt,

    I'm going to go ahead and keep on spelling it incorrectly: Mahoney. I don't think he deserves my spelling it correctly.

  57. By their fruits, you will know them!

  58. Common Sense11:59 PM

    Well said, HSE. I also choose Our Lord's counsel. We have a fight on our hands.

  59. And yet...3:23 AM

    And yet Cardinal Mahoney remains a Cardinal of Holy Roman Church.

    Aged 76.

    Cardinal Mahoney may have no duties in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, BUT...

    He remains a Cardinal elector.

    Not suitable to have any duties in the archdiocese, but apparently suitable to be an elector of the Supreme Pontiff!

    Or has Benedict XVI deposed him from the Cardinalate, or demanded his resignation from the Sacred College? Ah, no.

  60. Gratias4:05 AM

    Just returned from Mass in Los Angeles.

    Archbishop Gomez had the letter posted above read in full throughout all parishes.

    Ours is a very liberal VC2 church (we are Biritual) so this seemed like a miracle.

    Muchas Gracias Vuestra excelencia Monseñor Gómez.

  61. Patrick2:07 AM

    Mahony flourished under "Blessed" JPII and in my opinion the buck stopped with that Supreme Pontiff. If Mahony is in any danger of being prosecuted he can always flee to Rome and be made archpriest of some Papal Basilica or other. Cardinal Law has lived very cozily at St. Mary Major.

  62. Per Archbishop Gomez, Mahony and Curry are "bishops in good standing."

    Bishop Fellay is not.

    What more need be said? This is outrageous.

    When the men who have facilitated and enabled the violation of children receive their just deserts, perhaps I'll take seriously the punishments inflicted on the SSPX for violations of merely disciplinary ecclesiastical law.

    Until that happens (and I'm not holding my breath), carry on with your good works for Tradition, Bishop Fellay! You have absolutely nothing to apologize for as long as these grievous injustices persist.

  63. Angelino5:41 AM

    Nauseating. I live in Los Angeles. This new bishop has done nothing to help this wasteland.

  64. Barbara6:14 AM

    I agree with everything you said Uncle Claibourne.

    When will the " Catholic conservatives" who are so big on blind obedience remove the blinders from their eyes? Their attitude (as well as this latest news) smacks of pharisaism....

  65. If you are within an hour of LA go to the 1pm Traditional High Mass at St. Therese in Alahambra (just N/S of LA proper.)

    I asked a friend, when Cardinal Felony-Maloney could allow such an abomination in his fiefdom, and he replied, "she needs the money"!

  66. GQ Rep12:22 PM

    Regarding the Update on this post and Archbishop Gomez "clarification"

    Gomez's "clarification" coming only 1 day from his very strong denunciaton of Mahoney et al seems, at least on the face of it to be an exercise in backtracking.

    I label that as an example of moral ocwardice. Unfortunatly typical of a good percentage of bishops since 1965.,,,,in some countries in particular. I don't think I need to name them....the state of the Church in each (and I've been to a lot of Catholic countries over the last 5 years and seen close up the rot) speaks volumns. It's a terrible reputation for the post Vatican II Catholic Church to shoulder!

  67. Spero1:32 PM

    This isn't back-tracking per se. He removed them from administrative functions. In so far as they are bishops, they now no longer assist him in any way in his task as the diocesan bishop. However in making this move, he apparently never removed their faculties as priests in good standing. I suppose an argument could be made that their faults were administrative (moving personnel), and thus they have been removed from the capacities in which they were involved in the scandals.

    The clarification does, however, make it sound as if the whole move was politically motivated.

  68. Ralph Roister-Doister2:20 PM

    What's so bad about the USCCB? What's so bad about the leadership of the Catholic Church in America? Could the answer be any clearer? Ab Gomez speaks out of both sides of his mouth as well as any of them. Ordinary Catholics look at the behavior of Catholic leaders, then look at the behavior of their political leaders, and some element of transition is curiously lacking.

  69. You are so right, Barbara. They strain the gnat, but swallow the camel.

    In moments like this, the true depths of the "state of emergency" should be easily recognizable by all.

  70. And yet...3:06 PM

    Regarding the "clarification" in which Archbishop Gomez effectivelly backtracked from his previous statement...

    Isn't it true that the imposition of sanctions against Cardinals is the province of the Pope? What about Bishops? Isn't it also correct that Bishops can only be punished by the Holy See?

    If that is correct, then, under Canon Law, Archbishop Gomez could not on his own authority prohibit a Cardinal and an Auxiliary Bishop from saying Mass and celebrating the Sacraments in public in his Archdiocese.

    What he could do (and did) was to release them from their administrative functions in the pastoral government of the Archdiocese. That's something that, as the local Ordinary, Archbishop Gomes could do and in fact did.

    But in saying that Mahony would have no "public" functions, Gomez acted outside of his authority. Only the Pope could restrict the public activity of a Cardinal.

    But Popes have condoned Mahony, Law and other Cardinals of the same kind for decades now.

  71. See, we know now for sure now Gomez is spineless. He got major blow-back from people and places he never expected to get it from and that is why all of a sudden he back-peddled with the "in good standing" BS. He just negated the censure he issued against the Cardinal the night before.

    Those who are outside this diocese don't know there is more going on than what it appears to be. There is a great array of networking by various factions in the archdiocese than one could know and are very effective in making things happen, or not. Mahony's leftovers are still in place and those on the outside have no idea the power they still wield.

    This being said, it has to be pointed out, on the one hand, Gomez is weak and ineffectual. People from San Antonio have said he was no great shakes there either. On the other, he is stuck in a gilded birdcage. Ultimately whether he works the latch is up to him.

  72. Lynda1:07 AM

    And then there are the other innocent victims, the innocent, falsely accused priests (such as Fr Gordon MacRae who has spent nearly 18 years in prison on foot of false, solicited accusations and a clearly unfair trial) who some Bishops or Diocesan officials have also betrayed to make life easier for themselves. Fr MacRae is a wonderful example of resilience and decency in the face of such persecution. His blog - which he types up on an old fashioned typewriter from his cell - is very edifying. It's called These Stone Walls. Don't forget to pray for him and others falsely accused of sexual abuse of minors every day.

  73. Semel catholicus4:09 AM

    Matt: "He just negated the censure he issued against the Cardinal the night before".

    Of course he did. Even if he were not spineless he would have to.

    Archbishop Gomez has no authority to impose a censure upon a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church.

    Which does not mean that the Cardinal cannot be disciplined. It just means that the power (and responsability) regarding the imposition of such discipline and of any penalties is, in the case of a Cardinal, reserved to the Pope of Rome.

    The Pope is a Cardinal's judge. Now, if the Pope will not censure Cardinal Mahony, it is unfair to blame Archbishop Gomez.

    You want to blame someone, you will have to blame the only man with the actual authority to sanction and even to depose a Cardinal, the Pope of Rome, currently Benedict XVI.


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