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Mahony defends legacy on church abuse in blog

Posted: February 1, 2013 3:12 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2013 3:12 p.m.

Cardinal Roger Mahony speaking during a Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in L.A. in 2007. Mahoney was relieved of his duties just as the church released more files on priest sexual abuse.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony says in a blog post that he wasn't equipped to handle the clergy sex abuse cases that confronted him when he took over as head of the Los Angeles archdiocese in 1985.

Mahony said Friday he worked quickly to develop policies for dealing with sexually abusive priests and sought the advice of other bishops around the country.

Mahony's successor, Archbishop Jose Gomez, on Thursday stripped the cardinal of his public and administrative duties as the archdiocese released thousands of pages of personnel files for priests accused of abuse.

Mahony says he left the archdiocese a much safer place when he retired in 2011 and says Gomez became well aware of those efforts when he arrived two years ago.

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