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LA cardinal says sex-abusers won't be reassigned

Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony said the archdiocese will not knowingly assign or retain for service in schools, parishes or similar ministries anyone who is found to have sexually abused minors.

In a pastoral statement last week, Cardinal Mahony apologised to anyone who has been victimised by a priest, deacon, lay minister, employee or volunteer of the archdiocese and sought to reassure people that everything possible is being done to avoid such situations and to handle them appropriately should they occur.

"Let me state very clearly: the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will not knowingly assign or retain a priest, deacon, religious or lay person to serve in its parishes, schools, pastoral ministries or any other assignment when such an individual is determined to have previously engaged in the sexual abuse of a minor," the statement said.

I Will Appoint Over You Shepherds After My Own Heart (Pastoral Statement, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles February 21-22, 2002)
Archdiocese of Los Angeles