Last month, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released thousands of pages of documents pertaining to its long, proud history of protecting pedophile priests. Yesterday, Terence McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org, which archives documents pertaining to the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal going back to the 1950s, discovered that LA Archbishop Jose H. Gomez had also sneaked in a list of 49 priests accused of child rape, including 24 previously never publicly acknowledged. Sneaky!
Orange County has been well-documented in this document dump, given parishes here were under the domain of the archdiocese until 1976, so it's no surprise that an OC priest would be among those listed for the first time.
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We're going to have to hop onto the wayback machine for this one, but the pedo-priest's name is William Hollinger, and he served at Our Lady of Fatima in San Clemente from 1966 through 1969. You gotta remember that in those days, San Clemente was the end of the Earth in Southern California, and that Hollinger's assignment report had him bouncing from parish to parish most of his life (including two stints in the Long Beach area), so Hollinger accused mostly likely translates as Hollinger a monster.
BishopAccountability.org has yet to go through the assignments of all these new pedo-priests, so I wouldn't be surprised if more OCers pop up. "In a letter to Archbishop Gomez, this organization urged him to make public the allegations against the priests and brothers, as well as their career histories," McKiernan wrote. Such information has been provided by the archdiocese when they released lists of names in the past. We also expressed concern that this list, which has apparently existed since October 2008, has not been made public in a proper way, and that children have been put at risk as a result."
Heckuva job, Brownie!