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A letter written by Archbishop Jose Gomez, about clergy sex abuse, was shared amongst the congregation in Los Angeles on Sunday.
According to Associated Press, Gomez told parishioners that the church needs to acknowledge its “terrible failure” on taking care of abuse cases.
“The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil,” Gomez wrote, “there is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed.”
The church posted on its website thousands and thousands of pages of a secret file that revealed 122 priests accused of molesting children.
“Brutal and painful” is how Gomez described the publication of these files.
On Thursday, Gomez fired Cardinal Roger Mahoney for failing to tackle these issues against the abusive priests. However, Mahoney responded the following day, defending himself for safeguarding children since 1985.
Parishioner Eric Nielsen commended Gomez for his remarkable speech at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood, as stated in the L.A. Times.
“I take my hat off to the archbishop,” said Nielsen, 52. “He got on the ball and did what needed to be done.”