OC Register Lets Former Bishop Tod Brown Lie His Ass Off About Catholic Sex-Abuse Scandal

Bishop Tod D. Brown
Bishop Tod D. Brown
Keith May

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Catholic Diocese of Orange, and its PR handlers are in full spin mode. Over the past couple of weeks, they've dangled the continuing transformation of the former Crystal Cathedral into Christ Cathedral to distract a gullible press from any real reporting. The Los Angeles Times basically danced a jig about a virtual reality tour, with the Orange County Register following close behind. But far more offensive was a retrospective by reporter Deepa Bharath on the Orange see's history that allowed retired, pedophile-protecting Bishop Tod D. Brown to gladly lie about his role in letting collared monsters prey on innocent kids.

Brown, of course, was head of OC's 1.2 million Catholics at a time when revelation after revelation came out about how pedophiles essentially had free reign in the diocese from its foundation right through 2004, when he settled with dozens of sex-abuse victims for what was at the time the largest payout in the history of the Catholic Church. Yet Brown had the gall to tell Bharath he was "unaware of the problem" of sex-abuse in the Catholic Church—and Bharath then let him babble on about how he solved the problem to "protect the youth."

No, actually Brown did it to save his ass from getting thrown into prison, where the pendejo belongs. And while Bharath did let John Manly, the lawyer (and Mater Dei alum, but don't hold it against him) rip apart Brown for his legacy, she didn't challenge Brown's ignorance, and even credited a couple with founding Santa Margarita High, when the whole world knows that the main force behind the school was pedo-priest extraordinaire Michael Harris.

But back to Brown. Rather than me offer link after link showing how Brown not only knew about pedophiles in the Orange diocese before he came into town in 1998, but dealt with them when he was bishop in the Boise diocese and when he served as an administrator at the Diocese of Monterey, I'll direct readers to a quick summation of His Excellency's pedo-protecting past written by Joelle Casteix. She just happens to be a sex-abuse survivor herself whom Brown infamously used as a photo op after announcing a $100 million settlement.

"That big BOOM you heard this morning in Southern California?" Casteix wrote. "That was my head exploding after reading the cover story in today’s Orange County Register."

The strange part about Bharath's coverage is that she's actually a good religion reporter, having aggressively covered the downfall of the Crystal Cathedral. But the Register has long spun hard for the Orange diocese—perhaps because it publishes the Orange County Catholic? Heckuva job, Brownie!


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