Cardinal Roger Mahony – Diocese of Fresno

On Behalf of | Aug 3, 2020 | Catholic Church

Cardinal Roger Mahony

Diocese of Fresno

Ordained: 1962

Retired: 2011

Assigned as Follows: 

  • 1962-1964:      Graduate studies 
  • 1975-1979:      Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno 
  • 1980-1985:      Bishop Diocese of Stockton
  • 1985-2011:      Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Cardinal Roger Mahony:

Cardinal Roger Mahony was ordained a priest in 1962, who served in the Diocese of Fresno. According to media reports, he has been accused of child sexual abuse twice. Two survivors came forward and claimed abuse by Mahony from approximately 1970 to 1993. Neither claim was ever substantiated, so no action was ever taken. 

Cardinal Mahony’s name was included on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Documents that were released as a part of the Archdiocese’s 2007 settlement with survivors of child sexual abuse showed that top officials, including Cardinal Mahony, “maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark.”

Cardinal Mahony retired from the priesthood in 2011. Archbishop Jose Gomez announced in 2013 that Mahony would be relieved from any administrative or public duties in Los Angeles.

He is believed to be living in North Hollywood, California and is still considered to be a priest in good standing.  

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