Here in Lodi, CA. we pay a bit more attention than most to Roger Cardinal Mahony and the sex abuse cases that he covered up for decades. The reason is simple: pedophile priest Oliver Oâ€™Grady raped and molested children in the Stockton-Lodi area while Mahony was Bishop of the Stockton Diocese from 1980 to 1985.
In this morningâ€™s Lodi News-Sentinel,
local attorney Larry Drivon, a specialist in clergy abuse cases, said:
â€?If Roger Mahony had dialed three simple numbers in 1982 or 1984, none of this would come to pass. Those three numbers are 9-1-1.â€?
Drivon noted that while Mahony issued plenty of apologies this weekend, none of them were for his own complicity.[Attorney: Mahonyâ€™s Apology Shallow
, By Ross Farrow, Lodi News-Sentinel,
July 16, 2007]