In his testimony, Monsignor Loomis said he told Cardinal Mahony in a memo that he was going to report the new accusations against Mr. Baker to police. Monsignor Loomis said Cardinal Mahony initially supported the idea but later told him through a secretary not to do so until the Vatican approved Mr. Baker’s defrocking.
John Manly, the plaintiff lawyer, said the archdiocese did not report abuse claims to the police until 2002, although Mr. Baker was defrocked in December 2000.
Monsignor Loomis later testified that he had wanted to report the new accusations to parishioners in parishes where Mr. Baker had worked but had been told by Cardinal Mahony not to do so. Monsignor Loomis said that the order upset him deeply and that he would have resigned if his term was not about to end.
“I wanted to follow our regular policy and inform the parishes where Father Baker had been assigned. And I was instructed that we were not going to do that because the lawsuit was still under the process of settlement,” Monsignor Loomis said, according to the transcript.
“I was very upset that we were not going to follow through with our ordinary way of
Why is Mahoney still in his position? Clerical robes? I think an orange jumpsuit would be a better fit.