I do not believe the allegation that Cardinal Roger Mahony is himself an abuser. The accuser is a diagnosed schizophrenic. Her story doesn’t make sense. The timing of the accusation seems opportunistic. And, there’s no pattern.
However, in refusing to give up the names of the fired priests, he could be seen as aiding and abetting. If he weren’t a cardinal, he might be in cuffs by now. Not only should he resign, any church official who fails to report abusers to the police should resign.
I’m a teacher, a “mandated reporter” in California. Even if I never abuse anyone myself, I can still go to jail if I know and don’t tell.
What do other L.A. people think? Or people who pay attention to L.A.?
Please don’t turn this into a Boston thread.