The fallout from the Scandal and its legal implications are spreading south of the border. A man in Los Angeles is suing Cardinal Noberto Rivera of Mexico City, claiming that the cardinal hid evidence that the priest the plaintiff alleges molested him had abused others and the secured the priest’s transfer to the Los Angeles archdiocese.
The plaintiff, Joaquin Aguilar Mendez, alleges that Cardinal Norberto Rivera, now Mexico’s top-ranking cardinal, helped cover up abuse by the Rev. Nicolas Aguilar involving 50 boys when Aguilar served as a parish priest in central Puebla state in 1987. Rivera, according to the group [What group?], later helped in Aguilar’s transfer to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Aguilar has been charged in California with 19 felony counts of committing lewd acts on a child.
Interesting that both the plaintiff and the defendant are Mexican, but the alleged abuse and the lawsuit are in the US. The Dallas Morning News did a series a couple of years ago about the international aspects of the Scandal and how foreign and American priests who abused in the US were often quietly shuffled out of the country.
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