In 1992, a devoutly Catholic mother from the San Gabriel Valley wrote Cardinal Roger Mahony asking for help with a painful situation “no human being should be asked to endure.” Her adopted son had molested his younger brother and, when confronted, had disclosed that he himself had been abused by a member of a religious order at a Catholic orphanage in Rosemead. “How can we teach him to trust and have faith in his God in heaven if God’s people on earth aren’t teaching him and living it themselves,” she asked.
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