Scandalous prophecy come true: “Someone else will end up owning the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.”

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About this story

This series is based on nearly 23,000 pages of internal documents from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and various religious orders that were made public this year in compliance with court orders. In addition, (LA) Times reporters reviewed thousands of pages of depositions and court filings and interviewed dozens of people, including church officials, victims’ families and law enforcement officials. Cardinal Roger Mahony declined to be interviewed or respond to questions sent to his attorney.

Unless otherwise stated, and excepting historical and biographical information from Times archives, all information in the story is based on internal church records released through court order or sworn depositions. Statements that appear within quotation marks are from depositions, church records, public statements, interviews and contemporaneous coverage in the Los Angeles Times. Some comments and conversations have been paraphrased based on the recollections of participants; in those instances, quotation marks are not used.

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Editor’s note: An estimated $2.6 billion (probably much more) has so far, been spent by the Catholic Church on legal defense and damage awards, throughout the United States.

The scope of the problem is so widespread, that when similar problems occur in non-Catholic religious groups, they look to see how much the Catholic Church paid out.

The “going rate” for a typical settlement now stands at around $2.5 million per person/per case.

Curiously, when similar issues crop up in public schools, teachers still get transferred around and awards for money damages rarely follow. But even when they do, things are usually covered up and the dollar amounts are much, much smaller. So, there is one standard that applies to Catholics and another standard, for everyone else.

The whole thing stinks, to the high heavens!