Monday, July 16, 2007

Cardinal Mahony apologizes to plaintiffs

~from San Diego Union Tribune

Cardinal Roger Mahony apologized yesterday to hundreds of victims who will share a $660 million settlement, admitting he made mistakes in his handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Mahony also said he hopes San Diego Bishop Robert Brom will soon settle some 150 lawsuits.

“Once again, I apologize to anyone who has been offended, who has been abused,” Mahony said. “It should not have happened and should not ever happen again.”

The Diocese of San Diego now has the largest number of outstanding sexual-abuse claims in the nation.

“I told Bishop Brom recently, I said, 'It is my hope that both us and you have this over with by Labor Day,' ” Mahony said. “Of course, we were able to do it and I hope they will soon.”

Brom could not be reached for comment, although one San Diego church official said the diocese, which filed for bankruptcy protection in February, will not be affected by the Los Angeles settlement.

“The Diocese of San Diego will have to make an independent decision,” said Micheal Webb, the diocese's attorney.

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