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The Shocking Ways California Catholic Church Officials Protected a Priest Who Molested 26 Kids

The priest preyed on immigrant children, threatening them with deportation.

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It’s not unusual that alleged priest abusers never get prosecuted–nor do the higher-ups that condoned the abuse.  According to chief internal prosecutor at the Vatican office Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, only 20 percent of the 3,000 accused priests who were reported to the church’s doctrinal office between 2001 and 2010 were given full trials.  Ten percent left voluntarily and another 10 percent were stripped of priestly privileges immediately. The remaining 60 percent faced “administrative and disciplinary provisions,” such as not being able to celebrate Mass.

Survivors of priest abuse are calling for criminal charges to be filed against Mahony and Curry, but since the evidence is from the 1980s, it has passed the  statute of limitations.

Photo of Cardinal Roger Mahony from Flickr user  digitalshay under license from  Creative Commons 2.0

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