Thursday, January 29, 2009

Feds step in on clergy child abuse case.

The feds have now begun an investigation into allegation of Cardinal Mahony's cover up of pedophile priests.

from Los Angeles Times, January 29, 2009:

Authorities are applying a legal theory in an apparently novel way. One federal law enforcement source said prosecutors are seeking to use a federal statute that makes it illegal to "scheme . . . to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services."

In this case, the victims would be parishioners who relied on Mahony and other church leaders to keep their children safe from predatory priests, the source said.

To gain a conviction on such a charge, prosecutors would have to prove that Mahony used the U.S. mail or some form of electronic communication in committing the alleged fraud, the source said.

Mahony is mystified.

If you saw the movie Deliver Us From Evil, you might recall that Pope Benedict was in charge of investigating pedophilia in the church, and was a target of investigation, but our last president, George W. Bush, granted him immunity from prosecution.

Wrenching documentary looks at a notorious priest and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Wonder if a change is in the air?

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