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Kiddie Raping Costs The Church Big
The Church agreed to a $660 million settlement for all the pedophile priests they protected...in Los Angeles alone. Joe Mozingo writes for the LA Times:

In Los Angeles, some 75% of the archdiocese's 288 parishes were served at some time by a cleric accused of molesting, according to a Times study. As the scandal's details slowly emerged, it became clear that the church hierarchy knew about complaints against some priests and that at least a dozen were allowed to continue working in ministry after their conduct with children was questioned.

The archdiocese has issued a stream of mea culpas, acknowledging its responsibility for shielding some of the alleged abusers. At the same time, Mahony strenuously opposed giving prosecutors and plaintiffs' attorneys confidential personnel files that would detail accusations against priests and any actions taken — or not taken — by him and others in the hierarchy.

...The archdiocese says it now takes all abuse allegations seriously, admitting that in the past a firm denial from an accused priest often used to end the matter. When complaints are made today, church officials say, they immediately notify police, pay for counseling for the victims and, if the complaint is deemed credible, remove the priest from active ministry.

Although Mahony has removed at least 17 priests from ministry over accusations of sexual abuse, his credibility has been called into question by cases like that of defrocked priest Michael Stephen Baker.

In 1986, Baker told Mahony that he had abused two or three boys several years before. Instead of calling police, Mahony sent the priest to New Mexico for treatment and over the years transferred him to nine different parishes, where he allegedly molested 23 boys and girls.

Baker faces 15 criminal charges. Mahony has acknowledged making serious errors in the case, calling it the one that troubles him the most.

The lawsuit that was to be heard Monday involved accusations against Father Clinton Hagenbach, a priest who died in 1987. He has been accused of molesting 18 boys from 1968 to 1986. The archdiocese settled one man's claim against him in 2002 for $1.5 million.

Outside the cathedral Saturday, Ferrell, a retired nurse, said she was 7 years old when Monsignor George Scott started abusing her. She said whatever money she gets from the settlement won't repay her for the hard times of her life, which included alcohol and drugs and her current bout with Parkinson's disease. But it will make her more comfortable and provide an inheritance for her three children and six grandchildren.

"This was 50 years ago," she said. "But it didn't end 50 years ago."

Posted by aalkon at July 15, 2007 7:06 AM

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Now that's what you call a real church.

Posted by: Norman at July 15, 2007 9:01 AM

I was reading a story on yahoo about this, one catholic was quoed as saying she was upset that her tithes were going to pay for these lawsuits rther than the churches welfare programs. Oddly enough she never said anything about her tithes going to support the lives of pedophiles

Posted by: lujlp at July 15, 2007 2:17 PM

I heard a report on the radio that said nearly half of this setelment is being paid by insurance companies.

Who exactly offers insurance for civil judgments against pedophiles, and what other orginazations are buying that particular plan?

Posted by: lujlp at July 15, 2007 11:11 PM

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