Archbishop Jose Gomez said in a statement, "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."
Gomez went on to say that he was profoundly sorry for the sins against the victims. He said he informed Cardinal Roger Mahony, who retired in 2011, that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties. Mahony has expressed his sorrow for failure to protect young people entrusted to his care.
Gomez has accepted Auxillary Bishop Thomas Curry's request to be relieved of his responsibility as Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara. Curry has apologized for his decisions while serving as Vicar for Clergy.
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The personnel files can be found at this link.
I do no think it is any accident that Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette has been named to the archdiocese of Portland. I think Holy Father has been making appointments on the West Coast of the United States - Gomez, Cordileone, Vann, and now Sample - because he knows housecleaning is in order.
Indeed. I heard today that priests in the Diocese of Orange have been told they have to make significant "donations" towards renovations to Christ Cathedral, lest . . . well, lest what? Whispers in the casita suggest it is the former inner circle of the former prelate, Bishop Tod Brown, that is looking for the money, not the Bishop. Makes sense - these guys know where the skeletons are buried. My question is whether any of the
I applaud the people who came forward to report the abuse and force this disclosure. Sometimes, the onus of protecting the Church falls on us, the laity - we cannot be afraid and must remember, we are helping the priest as well.