Thursday, September 21, 2006

Runaway Abusive Priest Case: Mexican, L.A. cardinals sued

This lawsuit stems from the case where an abusive priest was given time to escape before the authorities were contacted.


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The cardinals of two of the most important Roman Catholic dioceses in North America were accused in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday of allowing a priest wanted for multiple sex abuse to flee California for Mexico. Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles and Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City were named in a civil lawsuit claiming obstruction of justice, negligence and conspiracy to facilitate the flight of the priest and sexual battery.

This case highlights that friendships and protection of the group are still being put above protection of victims. The biggest positive change is that this behavior isn't happening with no reporting and no chance of accountability.

Unfortunately, this same behavior may be happening in environments other than the Catholic church with little or no reporting. I'm sure many corporations rally around employees who sexually harass or sexually abuse others.

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