On February 17, 2004, Cardinal Roger Mahoney of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released the Report to the People of God: Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 1930-2003. The report stated that 656 persons had accused 244 priests, deacons, brothers and seminarians of child sexual abuse. At the time of the report, 113 diocesan priests had been accused, 43 priests were deceased, 54 priests were no longer in ministry and 16 priests remained in ministry.
Cardinal Mahoney released a list of 211 clerics accused of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as an addendum to his report. The following year, 27 names were added to the Archdiocese’s list as a revision to the addendum. Since 2005, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has posted, removed and re-posted the report and addendum to it website several times. Currently, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles does not have its list of accused clerics posted to its website. Instead, it has been replaced with an addendum stating the original Appendix released in 2004 is “outdated.”
It is unknown how many additional clergy have been accused of child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 2004.
In 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reached the largest settlement to-date involving claims of clergy child sexual abuse. As part of the settlement, the Archdiocese agreed to compensate 508 sexual abuse survivors $660 million. Many of these claims were made possible by the 2003 one-year legislative window that allowed previously time-barred civil claims of child sexual abuse to be filed in court. The Archdiocese and Cardinal Mahoney agreed to release the priest personnel files on all alleged perpetrators, but the Archdiocese failed to do so in 2007.
Six years later and under court order, on January 31, 2013, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released priest files on 128 priests as part of the non-monetary terms of the settlement. Along with the list was a “final addendum” dated October 2008 and provided three lists totaling 49 names, including 24 names that were not previously made public.