St. Charles Borromeo Priest Tells Flock 'We Have Been Reminded About Sin in Our Church'

Former cardinal Roger Mahony, a member of the North Hollywood parish and currently under fire for his alleged handling of sex abuse cases, is not at the early-morning service.

Priests at the Los Angeles Archdiocese's 288 parish churches read a letter of apology from the new Archbishop, Jose Gomez.

The archbishop's message said he found the records of 122 complaints of sexually-abusive priests to be "brutal and painful reading." "The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil," the archbishop's letter, released Thursday, said.

Monsignor Robert J. Gallagher St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood told his flock Sunday that "we have been reminded about sin in our church," The Times reported. "The important thing is for us to remember that there are victims in this."

Former cardinal Roger Mahony, a member of the North Hollywood parish, was not at the early-morning service. Mahony was publicly rebuked Thursday by Gomez, who replaced Mahony at the head of the church in 2011.

Mahony fired back with a letter to Gomez that said the archdiocese that Gomez inherited from Mahony was aggressively combating sexual offenses within its ranks.

The letters were described as an unprecedented public dispute in the highest ranks of Catholic Church leaders.

Meanwhile, former priest who was a suspected child molester has been dismissed from his new job at the Los Angeles Unified School District, it was reported Saturday.

The Los Angeles Times said the defrocked priest, Joseph Pina, had worked as late as Saturday as a daily-hire event organizer for the facilities division of the LAUSD.

Pina, 66, reportedly organized the ribbon-cutting for a new LAUSD education center in Bell on Saturday, just two days after his name surfaced in the files of 122 church priests who may have had sexually abused children over past decades.

Pina had retired from a full-time job last year but was working as a temporary hire, the newspaper reported on its web site.

Superintendent John Deasy said he will investigate how Pina was hired as a staff worker after being fired by the Catholic Church's Los Angeles Archdiocese, the newspaper reported.

"I find it (the hiring) troubling," Deasy told The Times. "And I also want to understand what knowledge that we had of any background problems when hiring him, and I don't know that yet."

One item of criticism directed at the church was that its refusal to prosecute sexual predators allowed the men to get jobs at other institutions. But today's report gave no indication that Pina had worked with any children in his LAUSD administrative job.

buck mast February 03, 2013 at 11:29 PM
yet even today the Catholic church STILL refuses to "go after"sodomite priests that rape little boys or catholic officials that protect the criminal priests
Alice Warshaw February 04, 2013 at 05:49 PM
That is simply not true, Buck.
LoyolaAlum March 01, 2013 at 06:20 PM
What happened to Cardinal Mahony’s helicopter at Van Nuys ARCHBISHOP PILOTS HELICOPTER, SAYS GIFT WON'T COST CHURCH ANYTHING JOHN ANTCZAK , Associated Press AP NEWS ARCHIVE Feb. 28, 1989 9:47 PM ET LOS ANGELES (AP) _ He's known as the flying archbishop, but Roger Mahony insists his new helicopter is a way to take on the city's nagging traffic problem, not a takeoff of the 1960s television series ''The Flying Nun.'' ''It's part of the Southern California scene now. Traffic is really a problem,'' said the archbishop, who demonstrated the $400,000 gift Tuesday with a spin over parts of the 8,762-square-mile Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Mahony, 53, who has a helicopter pilot's license and about 140 hours flying time, flew the blue-striped, turbine-powered McDonnell Douglas 500-D around Van Nuys Airport for about 15 minutes after a news conference.


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