John Paul II and Cardinal Mahony dodged the bullet
The stench of priest pedophilia that John Paul II left behind is costing the church only a mere 2 billion dollars to date - including the $600 Million that Los Angeles will pay out to the 500 victims next Monday. Small dent in the Catholic church bank account. Piece of cake. Peanuts. Too bad, the JPII-clone Cardinal Mahony dodged the bullet and will not appear in court like Conrad Black did and testify - because for the multiple cover-up and obstruction Mahony did, he could rut in jail and in hell 500 hundred times over. The price of secrecy, Benedict's XVI Crimen Sollicitationis and the value of the priesthood have no price tag and the Catholic church would rather pay for the cover-up of the quarter of century of sexual pillage on more than 12,000 American children committed by the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army. (See http://jp2army.blogspot.com/)
Of all the many news articles today, this one below seems ok. There seems to be a laissez-faire mainstream media coverage in LA. Every professional journalist seems to be parroting and reporting the same line from the same source newsroom. (Where have all the good reporters gone? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind). No journalist seems to know why -- how come no one (theologians, hello!) in Los Angeles is demanding Cardinal Mahony to resign -- like Boston did with Cardinal Bernard Law? The Boston Globe and media in Boston were more united with the victims then. In Los Angeles, life's a party in the beach. Perhaps the Pacific Ocean wind smells stronger than the stench of priest pedophilia. Or Cardinal Mahony got it contained deep in the (ugly architectural box) Basilica of the Angels.
Or could it be that most Catholics are trapped in silence and choking within the tentacles of OctopusDei?
Compare the CRIMES and their VICTIMS in America
Victims - Attackers - Responsible Leader
Pearl Harbor - 3,000 victims - 170 planes - Admiral Yamamoto
WTC & 9/11 attacks - 5,000 victims - 19 Muslims - Osama bin Laden
USA Priest Pedophilia - 12,000 victims - 5,148 priests - John Paul II & Benedict XVI
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony celebrating Mass in May 2006.
This is the "holy" face of a Cardinal who tried everything to protect his pedophile priests in Los Angeles and to obstruct justice by hiding their personal files from the court. This is the clone of John Paul II who belongs to the Third Reich of the Mystical Body of the JPIIPPA John Paul II Pedophile Priest Army.
Settlement Near on Abuse Cases in Los Angeles
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: July 15, 2007
Lawyers for more than 500 people who say they were abused by Roman Catholic clergy members said last night that they had settled their lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for $660 million.
If approved, it will be by far the largest payout made by any single diocese since the clergy sexual abuse scandals first became public in Boston in 2002. It will dwarf the $85 million paid for 552 claims by the Archdiocese of Boston.
The lawyers in the Los Angeles cases said the settlement would be announced today, a day before jury selection was set to begin in the first of the cases. Any agreement would require a judge’s approval.
Tod M. Tamberg, director of media relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said in an e-mail message that the only comment he could make was, “The archdiocese will be in court Monday at 9:30 a.m.”
A lawyer for the archdiocese did not return calls for comment.
Raymond P. Boucher, the lawyer who is representing 242 of the plaintiffs in the Los Angeles cases, confirmed in a telephone interview yesterday that a deal would be announced today for $660 million.
“Everything just fell into place,” Mr. Boucher said.
The settlement, which archdiocese officials have said would require the sale of church property, appeared to bring the drawn-out legal wrangling to a close.
“This will resolve all of the cases against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,” said Katherine K. Freberg, an Irvine, Calif., lawyer who represents 109 plaintiffs. “It’s a global settlement.”
The Los Angeles cases have been particularly complex because they involve so many victims, multiple insurance companies, many Catholic religious orders whose own priests and brothers stand accused, and a prominent archbishop, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, who has cast himself as an ally of victims but has been accused by them of intransigence.
Many dioceses in California have been hit by large numbers of lawsuits because the state passed a law in 2002 that opened a one-year window for cases to be filed without regard to the statute of limitations.
Steven Sanchez, a 47-year old financial adviser who is one of the plaintiffs in the case set to begin on Monday, said he had been girding himself to testify about the abuse he suffered when he was 9 or 10 years old, and he said he wanted to see church officials called to account in a courtroom.
Asked before the settlement was disclosed what he would do with any money he might receive, Mr. Sanchez said simply, “Where can you take that check and cash it that will make you 10 years old again?”
Cardinal Mahony announced in May that, to raise money for a settlement, the archdiocese would sell its administrative building on Wilshire Boulevard and might sell about 50 other church properties that were not being used by parishes or schools.
Mr. Boucher’s co-counsel, Laurence E. Drivon, said, “The primary motivation for the archdiocese to settle is that it is substantially likely that if they don’t resolve these cases they’re going to get hit” for much more than the settlement amount.
The Associated Press was the first news organization to report on Saturday that the archdiocese had agreed to a settlement.
Cardinal Mahony had been expected to be called to testify in the case that was set to begin on Monday, involving what the archdiocese knew about two decades of alleged abuse by one priest — the Rev. Clinton Hagenbach, who died in 1987. Cardinal Mahony became archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985.
The trial scheduled for Monday is only one of more than a dozen that had been set to start between now and January.
A settlement would require the archdiocese to make public its confidential files that could shed light on which church officials knew of the abuse accusations, and when they knew, Mr. Boucher said. Many of the accused priests had multiple victims because they were moved by their superiors from one parish to another when accusations arose.
Mary Grant, 44, is an abuse victim whose case was settled by the Diocese of Orange, in California, and is a plaintiff in the Los Angeles cases. Ms. Grant is Western regional director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and counsels other victims. She said any settlement in Los Angeles would be “a bitter release.”
“We understand there are survivors who are desperately in need of medical care, therapy,” she said. “They may not be able to go through a trial. But on the other hand, there are many survivors really who’ve wanted their day in court.”
She added: “It’s been a long, hard five-year battle for survivors in Los Angeles. So I think that probably a sense of temporary relief that may come from it.”
The Los Angeles Archdiocese, its insurers and several Roman Catholic religious orders, including the Carmelites, the Franciscans and the Jesuits, have already paid a total of $114 million in several separate agreements, to settle 86 claims.
Lawsuits over sexual abuse have already cost the Roman Catholic church in the United States more than $1.5 billion. Each diocese must handle the costs on its own, with no assistance from the Vatican. Few cases have gone to trial, usually because of laws on the statute of limitations.
Settlements are far more common, and victims in California have consistently won some of the largest payouts. In California, the Diocese of Orange paid $100 million for 90 abuse claims in 2004 and the Diocese of Oakland paid $56 million to 56 people in 2005. The Diocese of Covington, in Kentucky, paid about $85 million to about 350 people.
Five dioceses have filed for bankruptcy protection: San Diego; Davenport, Iowa; Portland, Ore.; Spokane, Wash.; and Tucson.
David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said of the reported settlement: “They should feel incredibly proud, and Catholics should be very grateful to them. Without their courage, dozens of predators would still be unknown and maybe working in parishes today, and we would know absolutely nothing about who covered up these crimes.”
He said, however, “We don’t know as much as we would have if some of these cases had gone to trial.”
Michael Parrish contributed reporting from Los Angeles.