And one that hardly rises to the level of emotion one should express when apologizing for the prolific rapes that were wrought by an unfathomable number of trusted priests in the Catholic Church:
LOS ANGELES – Cardinal Roger Mahony, leader of the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, apologized Sunday to the hundreds of people who will get a share of a $660 million settlement over allegations of clergy sex abuse.
“There really is no way to go back and give them that innocence that was taken from them…The one thing I wish I could give the victims, I cannot,” he said.
“Once again, I apologize to anyone who has been offended, who has been abused…It should not have happened and should not ever happen again.”
It should not have happened. Those were the exact same words spoken by Oliver O’Grady in Amy Berg’s documentary, Deliver Us From Evil, when talking about the children he raped for more than 30 years as a priest in the diocese run by Mahony.
But saying “it should not have happened” is hardly a showing of remorse, and the evidence suggesting that Cardinal Mahoney knew all about O’Grady’s activities leaves little to be optimistic about concerning the supposedly new direction of the Catholic Church.