He is well-known for helping people in the Central Valley. Now, he may be remembered by the people he did NOT help.
Cardinal Mahony ws relieved of his duties Friday. L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez said the details of alleged church cover ups are "sad and evil." Mahony is accused of trying to hide child predators.
Bishop Thomas Curry is also implicated in the 12,000 pages recently released. Gomez said reading the files was "the saddest experience since becoming your Archbishop."
Mahony worked for the diocese of Fresno. He's fondly remembered for standing up for the rights of farm workers.
Over 500 victims of sex abuse petitioned the court for the documents to be released. A spokeswoman for the diocese of Fresno says they've reaped the rewards of reforms made since the scandal, "But that that does not in any way diminish our concern and our heart felt feelings for those who have truly been victimized."