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Tuesday, March 20, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Cardinal Roger Mahoney lied to his flock.  From the Los Angeles Times:

At least six months after Cardinal Roger M. Mahony told his superiors at the Vatican that a videotape provided proof of a priest’s criminal misconduct with high school boys, the head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese told the public that the tape showed no sexual activity between Father Lynn Caffoe and the boys, according to court records.

Documents newly filed in the Caffoe civil case provide the first glimpse into confidential priest files that Mahony sought for four years to keep sealed in the midst of a sexual abuse scandal that engulfed the archdiocese. He eventually took the secrecy fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a letter to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before Ratzinger became pope in April 2005, Mahony said Caffoe had videotaped “partially naked” boys in a state of sexual arousal. The tape was “objective verification that criminal behavior did occur,” Mahony wrote, according to papers filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court in a lawsuit by four plaintiffs who allege that Caffoe abused them.

In October 2005, in what Mahony told parishioners was the “fullest possible disclosure” about the scandal, he reported that a videotape had been discovered in 1992 in Caffoe’s bedroom, depicting “improper behavior” with high school boys. But the cardinal said the boys were “fully clothed” and there was no sexual activity.

How does a member of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles belive anything the cardinal or his staff says?

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