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Hundreds of sexual abuse claims filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles are not only legitimate but tragic, an attorney for Cardinal Roger M. Mahony said Thursday.

Don’t you just adore the “not only”?

“There are some that will just break your heart,” said J. Michael Hennigan, who for two years has read and listened to the victims’ stories as he prepared to defend the nation’s largest Catholic archdiocese in more than 500 lawsuits that could eventually cost the church and its insurers $1 billion or more.

“There’s enough pain on peoples’ faces that you can see that they are, indeed, suffering,” Hennigan said.

But he acknowledged that translating that pain into dollars is no simple matter. “The hard part is to say, ‘OK, what would a Los Angeles jury do with our worst 50 cases — the ones that make your skin crawl? Is it $5 million? Is it $6 million? Is it $8 million? I don’t know.”

Oh I’ll bet you do. Why are you trotting out these figures if you “don’t know”? Why are you sitting down with Larry B. Stammer and Jean Guccione of the Los Angeles Times if you “don’t know”?

In a wide-ranging luncheon interview at The Times, Mahony and Hennigan made clear that the church is not prepared to abandon its legal battles. They reiterated their decision to appeal a recent court ruling that the archdiocese must turn over documents in the confidential records of two former priests to Los Angeles prosecutors investigating sexual abuse allegations.

Now isn’t that something? Imagine the Los Angeles Times sitting down for a “wide-ranging luncheon interview” with any one of your ordinary, average everyday child molesters.

No not a glamour-pedo like Mary Kay LaTourneau. I’m talking about your ordinary, average everyday NAMBLA member.

Of course most child molester aren’t major metropolitan property owners with insurance problems.

They also spoke of the church’s ongoing legal battles trying to get the 12 insurance companies that provided coverage to the archdiocese during the period covered by the lawsuits to shoulder the greatest share of potential settlements. The diocese expects its insurers to pay a big portion of the settlement with the archdiocese making “a sizable contribution” to financially resolving these cases, Hennigan said. He called the archdiocese’s coverage “robust.”

What’s next? “Zingy”? “Tops in taps”?

“One would think that having a great deal of insurance would be an asset here. Of course, what it does is open a second front [of litigation] because the insurance carriers are not at all excited about having this kind of liability against them,” he said.

You don’t say!

The candid tenor of Mahony and Hennigan’s remarks during the interview contrasted sharply with their assessment two years ago at a similar luncheon with Times writers and editors.

What’s with this lunch fetish at the L.A. Times ?

Then, Hennigan and Mahony seemed more focused on deflecting blame. They stressed that much of the alleged sexual abuse in the archdiocese occurred before Mahony became archbishop in 1985, and that Mahony had quickly sought to remove abusive priests from the ministry.

Except for the fact that he was fucking lying! Abuse and its cover-up continued on Mahoney’s watch, as would be expected when you’re in a high position of leadership of the World’s Largest Pedophile Cult.

On Thursday, both men seemed more reflective, readily acknowledging the church’s failures, while underscoring their determination to safeguard youths.

The best way to safeguard youths would be to keep them away from relgion in general and if they happen to be boys the Catholic Church in particular. (A Recoving Catholic named Jimmy Breslin has been most eloquent about this.)

Mahony said the sexual abuse scandal was “not the cross I would have chosen,” but he said he accepts that one of the church’s primary ministries — and his personal challenges — must now be to help heal victims and the church alike.

Love the “alike.” Such a slick “we’re all in this together” when that is not at all the case.

Mahony spoke of reaching out to victims in small “apology prayer services” in which the cardinal offers his personal apologies on behalf of the church, and presents them with rosaries blessed by Pope John Paul II.

And that, plus a buck and a quarter, will get you a crosstown bus ride in L.A.

“Personally for me its been a time of great spiritual renewal,” Mahony said. “I know the priests, when I talk to them sometimes, a lot of priests say I wish it would all go away…. And I said, ‘That’s where we’re missing it. This is our ministry now. Our ministry is to heal victims and heal the church.’ “

Ah yes, there’s always an “upside.” Turn all that suffering into “drama.” Reach out to “heal the victims” — and get yourself another shot at fucking them.

Mahony was sharply critical, however, of a report issued last year by an independent review board appointed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which chastised the Los Angeles Archdiocese for its litigation tactics, saying they “did little to enhance the reputation of the church in the United States for transparency and cooperation.”

“I just think they are wrong. It’s too bad they had that in there,” Mahony said.

Hennigan went further, calling the report’s characterization of the archdiocese “political retribution” for earlier criticisms the cardinal had made of the board.

Reached through his Washington law office, review board member Robert S. Bennett on Thursday called Hennigan’s charge “an absolute baldfaced lie.” If anything, Bennett said, the archdiocese should be glad the report wasn’t even more critical.

Among so many other absolute baldfaced lies.

Bennett added, however, that since the Los Angeles Archdiocese had taken positive steps “we didn’t see any need to lay out the long history of the Los Angeles Archdiocese in a more critical fashion. We did feel we had to put in what we put in because the Los Angeles Archdiocese was a good illustrative example of hardball litigation tactics which did not do a service to the church.”

What “positive steps”? “Apology masses” and rosaries from the Pope?

Hennigan insisted that there is reason for the church to continue fighting many of the cases. He said that about 150 to 200 of the 520 cases were clear-cut and their facts heart-wrenching, but that others were more difficult to assess.

Aha! Since some of them won’t stand up to the organized charade of a court trial we should fold them into those the prosecution can deliver on. Clever.

He called some claims “frivolous” on their face, involving such things as “a pat on the butt during an athletic contest.”

Followed by fucking that same butt once you’ve dragged the kid back to the rectory. For someone complaining about “baldfaced lies,” this dude is sure good at advancing them.

The attorney also questioned those who have said the scandal in Los Angeles would make the disclosure in the Boston Archdiocese seem like child’s play. In Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law was forced to resign as archbishop after a court ordered the church to make its personnel files public.

“Of course, they don’t have a clue of what’s in our files, except for the plaintiffs, who are seeing our proffers, our demonstrations of content,” Hennigan said. He said the church has already willingly disclosed examples of the most serious cases in a report issued in February and posted on its website.

According to you, they’re the “most serious.” As the Church has done everything in its power to prevent the court from seeing all the files there’s no way to know.

Except, of course, since the Church is composed of little more than a bunch of LYING SEX CRIMINALS only an idiot ( or the Los Angeles Times) would take its word for it.

And, Mahony and Hennigan emphasized repeatedly, they have taken numerous steps both to extend spiritual counsel to sexual abuse victims and to safeguard children and youths from pedophile priests. More than 10,000 archdiocese priests and employees, including Mahony, have undergone a three-hour course to help ensure a safe environment in Catholic schools and parishes.

Imagine that! Decades of crime that it took only three hours to wash away!

Dr. Phil must be green with envy.

The church was also reaching out to victims with counseling, and more recently, small prayer groups attended at times by Mahony.

As you’ve already said. “Thanks for the rosary, Father — now can I get my son’s emotional stability back?”

“They are in various places on the journey,” Mahony said of the victims and efforts to assist them through prayer groups. “Some are not ready. Some are.” The service begins with prayer and a reading from Scripture recounting Jesus’ lonely hour in the Garden of Gethsemane before he was arrested and eventually crucified.

Aha! So you thought getting fucked by Father Flotsky was bad, did you? Well t’ain’t notin’ compared to what Our Lord and Savior went through. Cue up that clip from Mel Gibson’s NASCAR Jesus.

Mahony said the victims were reminded that Jesus, “totally innocent,” had to contemplate the suffering he would have to go through. “So it helps place the victim in a good place; that is, they too have been innocent and they, like Jesus, had to suffer too.

“Out of their suffering we hope also would come some grace,” Mahony said

See kids? It was all for the best. Sure you suffered. But it was only to bring you closer to “Him.”

It’s a wonder Mahoney doesn’t declare pedophilia a sacrament.

Maybe I shouldn’t give the creep any ideas.


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