“For many, (Michael Stephen) Baker came to symbolize the church’s failure in protecting its most vulnerable parishioners: He was a man who allegedly molested more than 20 youngsters in his 26 years as a priest and had confessed his problem to Cardinal Roger Mahony in 1986. Instead of alerting police, Mahony sent Baker to a treatment center in New Mexico and later reassigned him to serve at nine other parishes where he victimized other young boys.
“And, when authorities sought records from the church to help build a case against Baker, church officials vigorously fought to keep that information secret.”
“Among the more than 500 alleged victims and 200 clergy members accused of misconduct, Baker’s case was the one Mahony has said ‘troubles’ him the most.”
Notorious ex-priest pleads guilty to molestation. Michael Stephen Baker, left, allegedly molested more than 20 youngsters in his 26 years as a priest, by John Spano, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, 3:01 PM PST, December 3, 2007
I think this should trouble Cardinal Mahony very much. I think this makes Cardinal Mahony an accessory before and after the fact. Don’t we have laws about aiding and abetting child molestation in our civilized nation? Or do they just not apply to white men who wear dresses to work?