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A Brief Overview of Archdiocesan Programs and Actions for the Protection of Children and Young People
During his time as Archbishop, Cardinal Mahony was confronted with the allegations of abuse by clergy that spanned a time frame of over seventy years. The majority of these cases involved abuses that allegedly occurred before he became Archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985.
However, he took responsibility for failures and mistakes in the way abuse cases were handled in the past and issued apologies to victims and to the people of the Archdiocese. He also instituted a strict “zero tolerance” policy to ensure that future allegations would be reported to authorities and that anyone found to have committed abuse — whether a priest, deacon, religious or lay person — would be held accountable and permanently removed from ministry in the Archdiocese.
The accused priest or layperson is immediately removed from ministry pending the result of the investigation.
· Parishes or schools where the accused is serving are notified.
· In cases where the statute of limitations does not allow for criminal prosecution, retired FBI investigators retained by the Archdiocese investigate the matter and report to the Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board which makes final recommendations.