LA Cardinal to Testify in Church Abuse Case

Associated Press, carried in Monterey County Herald
March 16, 2009

FRESNO, Calif. -- Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles is scheduled to testify Tuesday in the case of two brothers who claim they were molested by a priest at a Central Valley church.

Mahony was a high-level administrator in the Fresno diocese during some of the years George and Howard Santillan say they were molested by Monsignor Anthony Herdegen at a church in Wasco, a small town north of Bakersfield.

The brothers filed their lawsuit in 2003 under a one-year window that voided the statute of limitations on old abuse claims in California.

Mahony is now head of the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese. This marks only the second time he will take the witness stand to answer questions before jurors about alleged molestation by priests.


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