The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including 11 that involve a visiting Mexican priest who fled prosecution and remains a fugitive more than 25 years later, plaintiffs’ attorneys said Tuesday.
Despite renewed public outrage over documents showing a cover-up of the actions of pedophile priests, a study on how to shore up the church’s finances is going forward.
A retired priest pleaded guilty Friday to four felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14.
When Cardinal Roger Mahony was ordained nearly a half century ago, the Roman Catholic church was in the throes of a modernization and renewal — and the lanky young priest who grew up near his family’s poultry processing plant was seen as a leading liberal light for the times.
A judge has ordered the Los Angeles Roman Catholic archdiocese to turn over personnel files of 25 priests to a plaintiff’s attorney in a molestation case dating to the 1980s.