Los Angeles Catholic Cardinal Roger M. Mahony allowed 11 priests suspected of inappropriate behavior with children to continue their ministry for up to 13 years, but failed to fully disclose the details of their history, the Los Angeles Times reports. In his 2004 “Report to the People of God,” Mahoney had acknowledged leaving five priests in the ministry despite complaints that they had molested children. But Mahoney kept the identities of seven suspected abusers secret and only released partial information about four others, the paper said.
The Times pieced together the story by analyzing summaries of personnel records posted on a public website by the archdiocese last year. The summaries were first given to lawyers for more than 500 people suing the church over alleged sexual abuse by priests. One of the 11 cases involves the late Msgr. Leland Boyer, whose publicly released file summary revealed that three allegations of child molestation had been lodged against him.