Mahony, who has been criticized for moving predator priests from posting to posting, told Corriere della Sera that "after 20 years, people are talking about abuse as if we had not done anything. However, since 2002, we have had our program Protecting the Children, in which we illustrate procedures and the guidelines of our zero-tolerance policy that allows no possibility, for example, of anyone found guilty of abuse of minors working for the diocese."
Well, since 2002! That's like 11 whole years of not protecting molesters, hiding them from cops, and inflicting them on unsuspecting and vulnerable children and families while blaming those families for the abuse they suffered! AMAZING.You're just like a saintly, wonderful person, just like ... wait, hold on, it'll come to me ... JUST LIKE JESUS.
And what would Jesus have done? Convened a panel, certainly. All these guys do is blither around about how they handled abuse the way they thought they were supposed to handle it, and blah blah blah the psychological literature:
"Anyone who looks at the psychiatric and psychological literature then will see that I applied the professional approach suggested for all institutions. We tried to follow the best practices of the period."
Well, as long as you did what it said to do in the BOOK. I mean, how can anyone blame you for that?
Mahony said he subsequently set about building a network of safeguards against abuse, including the hiring in 1994 of a retired judge to head a Sexual Abuse Advisory Board for the Los Angelees archdiocese.
"My rather painful mistake was to not apply the work of that committee to previous cases. I was more focused on new cases. However, that was an error I completely rectified in 2002," Mahony said.
THE POINT IS YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO TELL THE FUCKING COPS. God.
Your internal policies and procedures and whatnot have NOTHING TO DO with anything, that is the point that is so hard to get across to these guys. Canon law is not civil law and never will be, and quite frankly shouldn't be. You hear of somebody raping a kid, you tell the goddamn police. You don't conduct your own investigation first, you don't hire your own Church Cops and Church Judges and hold a Church Trial and throw the guy in Church Jail.
These people weren't breaking church law. It's not like they're banging consenting chicks and you need to fire them for it. They're breaking AMERICAN law, and they needed to face American legal consequences.