Cardinal Levada worked his
San Francisco predecessor,
Archbishop John R. Quinn, to
protect the convicted pedophile
priest the Rev. Oliver O’Grady.
reduced to caricature. Even as he
sits in Rome voting for a successor
to Benedict XVI, the Archdiocese
of Los Angele announced today
that it has agreed to settle three
more child molestation lawsuits
for $9.9 million.
Rev. James Porter, Mahony transferred
the Rev. Oliver O’Grady repeatedly until the civil authorities had enough enough evidence to terminate this child predator’s spree. O’Grady is known to have molested dozens of California children since as early as 1973. His crimes and Mahony’s role in shielding the pedophile priest are the subject of 2006 film, Deliver Us from Evil (nominated for an Academy Award in 2006).
A sample of the testimony released as part of the settlement of clergy sexual abuse
cases with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Calif.
The Menlo Park house where accused molester the Rev. Gregory G.
Ingels lived with former San Francisco Archbishop John R. Quinn.
Ingels was an underclassman to Mahony and Levada at Camarillo. He, graduated in 1970, was ordained in 1974 (the year before Levada returned from Rome to teach at St. John) and became a respected canon lawyer.
In 2010, Benedict XVI, appointed Levada to investigate the Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf in Verona, Italy. Three former students alleged and 65 other former students have signed statements saying that they or other students were abused by 24 priests and lay brothers abused them — sexually and physically — between 1950s to the 1980s. As head of the CDF is the chief investigator of abuse allegations the Vatican, but it he ignore Provolo case for more than a year until international media investigation exposed the scandal. The case is ongoing.
An exhibit of the testimony released as part of the settlement of clergy sexual
abuse cases with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Calif.
“[Cardinal Mahony] has apologized for errors in judgment that were made,” Levada said. “I believe he should be at the conclave.”
Mahony is bitter about the truth exposing him as an accomplice in the crimes against children. He has been revealed as a spoiled priest-turned-blogger; someone who focused on his persecution complex and his inability to forgive one’s enemies. On Monday, he commented about his special prayer group for people who “cannot forgive me for my past hurts and offenses,” in particular, the media, attorneys, protesters and those who“hate and despise me.”
Mahony also Tweets. A Rome-tagged sample: “Anyone interested in loving your enemies, or doing good to those who persecute you? See my blog for today. Wow, Jesus is demanding.”
By 2005 Cardinal George was asserting that those who characterize the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People as “weak and ineffective” are “the enemies of the church,”, even though he has been forced to stand before the community-at-large time and again and admit his role in harboring sexual predators, blocking sex crime investigations, and a general failure to protect children from harm.
Cardinal George’s attitude toward the victims of clerical sexual predators is a shameful reminder that he grows colder with each passing day toward those who have been severely harmed by some members of his organization. Was it only in 2002 that he stated famously that forcible sodomy of teenage boy is less serious than raping a teenage girl?
“History has shown that very little changes the behavior of the hierarchy,” said David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
After all this time the Cardinal’s attitude toward the molestation of the vulnerable remains acrid and unforgiving. Could this character flaw mask an undiagnosed pathological condition.