Two Catholic Church officials in California plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement as late as 1987, newly released internal Church records have revealed.
The records show that Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony, who is now retired, and his top adviser on child sex abuse cases, Monsignor Thomas Curry, worked with other Church officials in 1987 to send priests accused of abuse out of state to avoid prosecution.
Mahony and Curry also tried to keep paedophile priests from confessing to therapists who would be obligated to report the crimes.
Curry even suggested in 1987 they send a paedophile priest to “a lawyer who is also a psychiatrist” to put the priest’s “reports under the protection of privilege.”
In another 1987 case, Curry cautioned Mahony against returning a child abuser to the Los Angeles parishes where he molested children.
“There are numerous – maybe twenty – adolescents and young adults that [the priest] was involved with in a first degree felony manner,” Curry wrote of one accused molester. “The possibility of one of these seeing him is simply too great.”
(Source: Reuters [UK])