Another Version of Pro Choice? LA Catholic Archdiocese Protected Pedophile Priests

By Donald A. Collins | 23 January 2013
Church and State

Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese officials in LA made efforts to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

When is Pro Choice not appropriate? The Pro Life folks are spending a lot of time and money telling us that women should not have the right to decide when to have a baby.

Most recently NARAL’s President Nancy Keenan and Americans United for Life (AUL) head, Charmaine Joest jousted on The News Hour’s on January 22, 2013, the 40th Roe v Wade anniversary. AUL and other right wing legislators (who as Keenan noted often forget to mention their anti choice position to voters while on the hustings for votes) have put in niggling regulations which hamper women’s right to choose. Pro choice advocates are leery of filing suits against these new regulations as they fear a case might reach the US Supreme Court and overturn Roe, despite its 70% approval by Americans.

However, it comes as no surprise whatsoever that the Pro choices (as in PROTECT) just revealed in LA were not appropriate.

As the Janaury 22, 2013 AP story tells us,

The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse allegations for decades and also reveal dissent from a top Mahony aide who criticized his superiors for covering up allegations of abuse rather than protecting children.

Notes inked by Mahony demonstrate he was disturbed about abuse and sent problem priests for treatment, but there also were lengthy delays or oversights in some cases. Mahony received psychological reports on some priests that mentioned the possibility of many other victims, for example, but there is no indication that he or other church leaders investigated further.

Mahony was out of town but issued a statement Monday apologizing for his mistakes and saying he had been “naive” about the lasting impacts of abuse. He has since met with 90 abuse victims privately and keeps an index card with each victim’s name in his private chapel, where he prays for them daily, he said. The card also includes the name of the molesting priest “lest I forget that real priests created this appalling harm.”

Well, these certainly have been for many years multiple stories of Pro Choice, as is PROTECT, but that phrase, while so appropriate for Planned Parenthood, certainly comes a cropper with this latest sad story, which over the past decades has cost the RCC its reputation, hurt hundreds of children and been paid for by its parishioners to the tune of well over a billion dollars.

The unnatural prohibition against normal sexual activities which became orthodoxy in Catholic practice has lead to all kinds of unwelcome events, now disclosed by diligent reporting from LA.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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