The 2019 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (LA REC) is currently underway hosting speakers with pro-gay, pro-transgender, heterodox messages delivered to Catholic educators and youth. Archbishop Jose Gómez, head of the L.A. archdiocese overseeing the event, is also allowing the former head of the archdiocese, the disgraced Cdl. Roger Mahony, to address Catholic educators and youth at the annual event.
Faithful Catholics are dismayed that the infamous Cdl. Mahony would be a guest speaker, as he's known for overseeing the largest series of sex abuse payouts of any single diocese, totaling more than half a billion dollars, as well as covering for predator priests in his archdiocese for years. Truth be told the man should be behind bars.
A petition has launched to remove Mahony's red hat, withdraw him from active ministry and criminally charge him with covering for 34 alleged clerical sex abusers. The petition to hold him accountable for the abuse of some 500 victims by 34 clerics under his tenure has already garnered more than 5,000 signatures. The fact that Mahony was somewhat revived under Pope Francis is causing petitioners to question the pontiff’s so-called zero-tolerance policy on sex abuse.
John Paul Norris, who launched the petition, told Church Militant that Mahony "controls the gay mafia and he needs to go." He added that "Archbishop Gómez and the [LA] archdiocese are doing nothing about it. Mahony will continue to celebrate Masses, sacraments and consecrate the Eucharist because he is a 'priest in good standing' (never mind 500 people that were abused under his watch)."
In Penal Code 32 PC, California law defines "accessory after the fact" as harboring, concealing or aiding a person whom you know has committed a felony, in order to protect him or her from arrest, trial, conviction and/or sentencing. There is no statute of limitation involving child abuse and the majority of Mahony's crimes came to light in 2013.
Mahony knowingly harbored, concealed or aided many criminals. He knew of their crimes. He knew of their victims. Instead of calling the police, he manipulated information, moved these criminals from parish to parish and allowed the crimes to continue. He directed priests to hide and leave the Los Angeles jurisdiction and the country to avoid criminal prosecution.
We pray for good and courageous bishops, priests and others who will speak the truth for the love of all souls. Special prayers to all the survivors of sexual abuse, especially those abused by members of the clergy. May our united action and prayers bring justice, healing, and trust back to our Catholic Church.
Watch the panel discuss the dissident Catholics Abp. Gomez allows at the LA REC in The Download—REC'ing the Faith.