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LOS ANGELES, California, May 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The disgraced former Archbishop of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony, has been hit with a lawsuit in which he stands accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old male in 1986.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of “John Doe” by Saunders & Walker law firm in the Superior Court of California last month, alleges that Mahony, 85, used his position of spiritual authority to groom the boy who was a minor at the time.
“In approximately 1986, when Plaintiff was 17 years old and attending Cathedral Church of Saint Vibiana, Archbishop Roger Mahony repeatedly sexually assaulted, molested and abused Plaintiff,” the complaint states.
“While performing his duties as an Archbishop, and for the purpose of furthering the duties required in that role, Archbishop Roger Mahony befriended Plaintiff and gained Plaintiff’s trust and confidence as a spiritual guide, authority figure and trustworthy mentor,” it continues.
“Seeing Archbishop Roger Mahony as a trustworthy mentor, Plaintiff was conditioned to comply with Archbishop Roger Mahony’s direction and to respect him as a person of authority in spiritual, ethical, and educational matters. Archbishop Roger Mahony’s conduct constituted ‘grooming’ of Plaintiff and culminated in his sexual assault and abuse of Plaintiff,” it adds.
The complaint goes into detail regarding the abuse that is alleged to have happened to the boy who is described as someone who was raised in Mexico City and who moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1986.
A video posted to Youtube on May 1 by Clean the Church captures the Cardinal being served the complaint.
When asked to comment on the matter, a spokesman from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles told LifeSiteNews that it was his understanding that the “recent civil suit is being withdrawn.”
“There have been no credible allegations of misconduct concerning Cardinal Mahony. As Archbishop, Cardinal Mahony established the Archdiocese’s zero-tolerance policy regarding misconduct with minors and directed that a comprehensive list of accused clergy be published and updated, which included both priests and bishops. In that list, he included the past allegations made against himself that were investigated by law enforcement and found to have been unsubstantiated, with one resulting in the arrest of the accuser,” Adrian Alarcon, the Archdiocese’s Director of Media Relations, told LifeSite by email.
The Vatican has announced its fifth International "Health" Conference on "Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul," to take place between May 6-8, and nearly everything about the conference is rotten -- morally, scientifically and culturally.
Incredibly, the conference organizers have listed huge numbers of globalist and abortion-promoting speakers such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, vaccine developers, Mormon elders, pro-abortion Chelsea Clinton, population control advocate Jane Goodall, a New Age activist, a prominent UK Muslim scholar, and pro-abortion American actress Cindy Crawford, among others.
The logo for the conference is a circle of people linking hands, colored in the tones of the LGBT rainbow flag, and positioned next to the crossed keys and Papal tiara of the Pontiff. In the ten goals listed for the conference, the Pontifical Council for Culture makes no reference to God or the Catholic Church.
The organization and promotion of this conference is beyond an outrage, it is a closer to a sacrilege (also outrageous!).
Indeed, of the conference, Archbishop Viganò has said that the Holy See is "making itself the servant of the New World Order." [More below about Arbp Viganò's reaction to the conference...]
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition urging the Vatican to CANCEL this desperately wrong-headed appeasement to the secular world disguised as a "health conference."
114 speakers are set to appear at the event, including prominent and diverse names such as:
- The CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, the former of which produces abortion pills;
- The Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Francis Collins, who advocates using fetal tissue in research projects;
- Chelsea Clinton, a strong advocate for abotion;
- The head of Google Health, David Feinberg;
- And, Dr. Anthony Fauci from the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose advice to government officials played a major role in shutting down American churches last year.
These "VIP" speakers are also joined at the Vatican conference by the following: United Nations representative and conservationist Jane Goodall, who supports population control; new age activist Deepak Chopra; rock guitarist Joe Perry; Mormon Elder William K. Jackson; executive chair of the British Board of Scholars and Imams, Shaykh Dr. Asim Yusuf; pro-abortion model Cindy Crawford; and, by Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, who has firmly aligned himself with the globalist, liberal elite, by censoring conservative voices on his platform.
The sheer number of speakers holding anti-Catholic views has sparked a firestorm of well-deserved criticism.
And, in an letter published by LifeSiteNews, Archbishop Viganò roundly condemns this conference and, moreover, the infidelity to the Church's perennial teaching. Here is a brief excerpt (read the whole letter by clicking on this link):
"...The Holy See has deliberately renounced the supernatural mission of the Church, making itself the servant of the New World Order and Masonic globalism in an antichristic counter-magisterium.
The same Roman Dicasteries, occupied by people ideologically aligned with Jorge Mario Bergoglio [i.e. Pope Francis] and protected and promoted by him, now continue unrestrained in their implacable work of demolishing Faith, Morals, ecclesiastical discipline, and monastic and religious life, in an effort as vain as it is unprecedented to transform the Bride of Christ into a philanthropic association enslaved to the Strong Powers.
The result is the super-imposition over the true Church of a sect of heretical and depraved Modernists who are intent on legitimizing adultery, sodomy, abortion, euthanasia, idolatry, and any perversion of the intellect and will. The true Church is now eclipsed, denied and discredited by her very Pastors, betrayed even by the one who occupies the highest Throne."
The fact that there is so much anti-Catholicism (i.e., anti-truth) held by so many of the speakers makes it impossible to ask for the organizers to simply disinvite disreputable speakers.
That is why we are urging the Vatican to CANCEL this anti-life, anti-truth, anti-Catholic, anti-health "health conference" altogether!
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition asking the Vatican to CANCEL its fifth International "Health" Conference on "Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul."
This conference contains such a high concentration of poison for the Faith and the faithful that is should be canceled, not only for the contents itself, but also for the grave scandal it will (and is, already) cause.
After SIGNING and SHARING, please take a minute to contact the following Church authorities to politely, but firmly, voice your dismay and displeasure at the anti-God, anti-life and anti-faith conference which the Vatican has scheduled for the beginning of May.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi - Head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture
Email: [email protected]
Phone: [+39] 06 6989 3811
His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre - Papal Nuncio for the United States
Email: [email protected]
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Viganò on Vatican ‘health’ conference with Fauci: Holy See is ‘making itself the servant of the New World Order’' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/vigano-on-vatican-health-conference-with-fauci-holy-see-is-making-itself-the-servant-of-the-new-world-order
'Vatican hosting Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, Pfizer CEO, Big Tech oligarchs at ‘health’ conference' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-to-host-conference-featuring-covid-jab-developers-big-tech-leaders-fauci-and-chelsea-clinton
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“The Archdiocese is committed to the safety and well-being of the children and all in our parish and school communities. There are no clergy or lay persons known to have harmed a child currently serving in ministry. We take seriously every allegation of misconduct involving a minor, whether by clergy or lay person. Allegations are reported to law enforcement, and if the person is found to have harmed a child, they are permanently removed from serving in any capacity in the Archdiocese,” he added.
LifeSite reached out to the law firm of Saunders & Walker to verify the claim that the suit had been withdrawn. LifeSite will update this report as soon as the information is provided.
Mahony was appointed Archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985. He was made a Cardinal by John Paul II in 1991. He retired in 2011. The Cardinal has a long history of advancing positions in the Catholic Church at odds with Catholic teaching, such as defending giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians and giving it knowingly to homosexual activists.
Mahony was barred from public ministry by his successor Archbishop Jose Gomez in 2013 after evidence surfaced of his systematic cover-up of sex abuse by priests. The Archdiocese in 2007 paid out a record $660 million settlement to over 500 victims of clergy, who, under Mahony’s supervision, were transferred from parish to parish where the priests found new victims to abuse. Despite the restriction placed on the Cardinal in 2013 by his successor, Pope Francis surprisingly rehabilitated Mahony, making him his “special envoy” at the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Catholic diocese of Scranton.
The lawsuit states that the alleged victim, who is now 53, suffers many harms from the alleged assault, including “severe physical, psychological, emotion and economic harm, including, but not limited to symptoms of PTSD, severe anxiety, loss of interest and pleasures in activities, an inability to concentrate, feelings of self-blame, feelings of estrangement from friends and/or family, hypervigilance, a lost sense of worth, a sense of being tainted, suicidal ideation, and a loss of sexual desire.”
The lawsuit is seeking a trial by jury.
May 5, 2021, 4:40 PM EST update: This report now includes a statement from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.