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 Report to the People of God

On February 17, 2004, the Archdiocese published its Report to the People of God: Clergy Sexual Abuse Archdiocese of Los Angeles 1930-2003. The Report was an essential part of the
Archdiocese’s ongoing effort to promote healing and reconciliation for victims, their families,
and the entire Church community, all of whom suffered as a result of sexual abuse by priests,
deacons, members of religious orders and others serving our Archdiocese over the years.
In detail, the Report explained procedures that the Archdiocese had put in place to safeguard our
children by dealing forcefully with abuse. The Report also set out, without attempt to excuse
mistakes that were made, the often painful history of how the Archdiocese’s understanding of the
problem of sexual abuse evolved over the years, from the time when it was treated primarily as a
moral weakness and a sin to the adoption, in 2002, of a firm policy of zero tolerance.  


 Report to the People of God: Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles 1930-2003
(2004, 27pgs, PDF)

Issued by Cardinal Roger Mahony on February 17, 2004, offering fullest possible disclosure of what happened over the years. The Report represents our best understanding of the history of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese and our efforts to eliminate this scourge. It includes the best information we can glean at this time about the number of priests and religious who have sexually abused minors and the number of victims of such abuse. (2004)

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