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Attorney says DA Can go After Cardinal Mahony for Perjury

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Prosecutors will review internal priest personnel files kept by the Los Angeles Roman Catholic archdiocese that show retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top church officials worked to shield molester priests.

District attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said in an emailed statement Tuesday that the office will "evaluate all documents as they become available to us."

Thousands of pages of confidential records from the files of 14 priests accused of sex abuse were made public Monday.

The documents show how the church handled abuse allegations for decades and provide the strongest evidence to date that Mahony and a top aide consulted about how to handle molester priests and protect the archdiocese from scandal.

Mahony issued an apology Monday.

Legal experts say it will be difficult for the DA to prosecute Mahony or the Archdiocese due to statutes of limitation.  But an attorney who has deposed the now retired Cardinal says he deposed him three times and in his last deposition was asked directly whether he didn’t call police on the priests known to abuse children because he worried about a scandal.

Dozens more priest files will soon become public under a 2007 settlement agreement.


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