Diary of a Mad County

MONDAY Sept. 6 Labor Day. This is a joke, right?

TUESDAY Sept. 7 It's that time of the month for the Diocese of Orange: pedo-spinning! Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times reported that church officials settled a sex-abuse lawsuit last year against Father Daniel Murray for $500,000. Church spokesman Father Joe Fenton defended the non-disclosure of the settlement—which violates a 2002 vow taken by all Catholic bishops in the United States to reveal all sex-abuse settlements—by claiming the alleged victim wished to avoid publicizing the case, a claim quickly repudiated in the article by the victim's attorney. Meanwhile, all was silent at St. Boniface Church in Anaheim, where Murray served as priest from 1983 to 1994. Weekly writer Gustavo Arellano said there was no announcement on the Murray settlement at this past Sunday's Mass, despite Thesis No. 6 of the diocese's "Covenant with the Faithful," which pledges to be "open, honest and forthright" regarding all sex-abuse settlements. Instead, a prayer was offered for the fifth straight Sunday that "everyone involved—victims, lawyers and judges—reach a fair and equitable settlement in their lawsuits against the diocese for sexual abuse." Those three are the last entities for which the faithful should be lighting votive candles—how about a tire fire for the soul of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown?

slowery@ocweekly.com
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