By Kay Ebeling
Creator, City of Angels Blog
I hold in my hands this morning so scan here letters that question the truth of Cardinal Roger Mahony's testimony in the clegy case trial March 2009 in Fresno, California. Plaintiffs could not enter this evidence at trial because of Motions in Limine filed by the Bishop of Fresno in the weeks before the trial and granted by Judge Donald Black. Today we await word from Judge Black on plaintiffs motion for a new trial, the decision was to have been issued at the courthouse at 8:30 AM June 15th. (Update 11:30, news just in, New Trial Granted for younger brother, molested in 1967, after report from new witness.)
The letters scanned in below take you through the career of pedophile priest William G. Allison as he is transfered from Louisiana to Arizona to Los Angeles to Fresno, with a mysterious stint in New Mexico. The correspondence is to and from Mahony when he was an MSW and Diocesan Director in the Monterey-Fresno Diocese in the 1960s. The writings express concerns in shadow language, such as "homosexuality with young boys" describing this active pedophile priest who was breezing through the state while Mahony was in Fresno.
None of these letters are in the Fresno files received by plaintiffs during discovery before the March 2009 trial, where Mahony testified he first heard of pedophiles in the priesthood in 1981, nothing before that. Yet here we have several pieces of correspondence by Mahony concerning the tres flagrante pedophile priest William Allison.
The letters come from the personnel file of Father Allison, obtained by subpoena in the Robert Doe v. Fresno Diocese case, which was part of the 2003 flood of lawsuits in the one-year window the Legislature opened in the SOL for sex crimes against children in California. These letters were attached to plaintiff's opposition to the Fresno Diocese motion for summary judgment in the Robert Doe case.
(CLICK Scans to enlarge and read.)
SCAN 1: Nov. 30, 1963
Below: Rev. James Lindemeyer from Flagstaff, writes to an L.A. pastor about Allison, who "Since he left, three young men in the parish have told me of incidents involving him. This man needs help but in my opinion the place is not in a parish.
"I do not understand how he can go from one place to another and so easily be given a position."
SCAN 2: January 7, 1964
Benjamin Hawkes, Chancellory, writes to a priest in Louisiana referring to the "termination in question" due to "recurrence here of a problem encountered before in Arizona" and directs him to contact Lindenmeyer.
SCAN 3: November 16, 1966
Mahony writes Benjamin Hawkes, Chancellor of L.A. Archdiocese about William Allison:
"Recently transferred from the Coast to Fresno."
"He has been claiming to have a Ph.D. in Pshycology and has involved himself in counseling situations with narcotic addicts."
"Our Bishop asks that we check out any leads before he takes action to halt the counseling load he is carrying."
This is signed Rev. Roger Mahony, MSW, Diocesan Director for Monterey-Fresno
SCAN 4: November 29, 1966
Rev. Gibb, Secretary to the Cardinal, cover letter to Mahony, shows documents about Allison were forwarded to Mahony at Catholic Charities in Fresno.
SCAN 5: November 30, 1966
Mahony, Diocese Director of Fresno to Hawkes, Chencellor of Los Angeles re Rev. William Allison:
"Information was useful in filling in some missing links in Father's activities here in our Diocese recently."
"It is quite certain Father Allison is a sick man and in need of professional treatment."
SCAN 6: November 30, 1966
Mahony of Fresno to Rev. Eugene Gilb at the Chancery Office in L.A.
"Thank you. Copies you sent have been very valuable in identifying some of the problems which Father William G. Allison is now having in our Diocese."
SCAN: 7, 8, and 9
Mahony under oath in deposition says he never heard of pedophiles in the priesthood before 1981. From November 23, 2004, deposition, same thing he testified to on the witness stand in Fresno 2009. Can't possibly be true based on letters above.
SCAN 10 & 11:
Bishop Perjury Collectors' Special
From same 2004 deposition, Mahony claims he never heard of Servants of the Paracletes until 1981 either.
The only allegation on record up until now on Allison was one accusation in Gallup, NM, at bishop accountability:
Servants of the Paracletes treatment center for pedophile priests is in New Mexico, and many of its outpatients turned up in NM parishes, where they continued to perpetrate. . . much like Allison...
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