Thousands of files containing information regarding the cover up of years of sexual abuse scandals by priests within the church, many of which occurred during Cardinal Mahony's career, were released by court-order on Thursday. The contents of those documents led Archbishop Jose H. Gomez to the decision to relieve Mahony of his duties.
"I cannot undo the failings of the past that we find in these pages. Reading these files, reflecting on the wounds that were caused has been the saddest experience I've had since becoming your Archbishop in 2011," Gomez wrote, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Mahony, formerly the Catholic Church's highest ranking official in Southern California, has faced allegations from the media and victims that he covered up priests' misconduct. The archdiocese paid $660 million in 2007 to settle civil lawsuits with 508 people who claimed they had been abused by priests or church employees.
Media Resources: New York Times 01/31/2013; Los Angeles Times 02/01/2013; Feminist Newswire 02/02/2009
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
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