Bishop Should Resign

Thursday, January 31, 2013
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As leaders of Voice of the Faithful Santa Barbara, a Catholic reform group, we express both sadness and outrage at the recently released Los Angeles Diocesan documents. Sadness, because the two leaders named, Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry, have accomplished much good in their time of service. But to read about the devious methods by which they kept pedophile priests from the law, thus endangering countless children not only in our diocese but in New Mexico, Mexico, the Philippines and elsewhere, is infuriating. It is true that these leaders have now put in place good mechanisms to prevent clergy sexual abuse, and it is true that they have apologized more than once for their egregious behavior.

But their apologies ring hollow. Against the claim of “naiveté,” we have documents indicating that they knew pedophiles could be repeat offenders. They knew that sexual abuse was a serious criminal offense. The calculated shuffling of offending priests to other dioceses was not a “mistake.” It was a deliberate refusal to deal with these sickening crimes.

There must be honest admissions of the truth. In Luke 17, Jesus says “Scandals will inevitably arise, but woe to him through whom they come. He would be better off thrown into the sea…than giving scandal to one of these little ones.” There is no question what Jesus felt about those who abuse children and those who allow children to be abused.

For the good of all the people of the Church, we call for the resignation of Bishop Curry. And we further call for lay participation in the management of every diocese and in the selection of bishops and pastors.


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That is one of the biggest reasons why I have abandond the Roman Catholic Church.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
January 31, 2013 at 8:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The time has come for those involved in this cover up to take responsibility for their actions. For attempting to diffuse the seriousness of these criminal acts against our children and for being the the hunter's - the predator's advocate, while knowingly sacrificing his helpless and vulnerable prey.

Apologies are indeed hollow. They are meaningless coming from a criminal who would have happily carried on rubbing shoulders with trusting members of this community, our schools and your church for decades, if his hypocrisy not been discovered.

Ireland had the courage to speak up for their children and put their safety before supporting a flawed clergy. I hope we have the strength to do the same.

samuel (anonymous profile)
February 1, 2013 at 1:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here is a list of 173 accused Minnesota clerics....(updated)

Added: --- Br. Stephen P. Baker (Franciscan Friar) with 1978-1981 Minnesota assignment at Parish of St. Patrick in Inver Grove Heights, MN

Bob_Schwiderski (anonymous profile)
February 2, 2013 at 4:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you. Here are a few more.

samuel (anonymous profile)
February 2, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Please take note that our own local Catholic High School, Bishop Diego, had Curry give high Mass as his final public act in front of hundreds of k-12 students. This was after the public record was revealed with him helping to hide child molesters and sodomizers.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 3, 2013 at 6:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Foley and Strittmayer were quoted in yesyerday's LA Times piece on Curry (pages 2 & 3):

Judge ye not a book by its cover.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
February 3, 2013 at 10:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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