Published by National Catholic Reporter, February 4, 2012

Donald Kohles
Donald Kohles stood in protest outside the Los Angeles Cathedral Sunday. He said his nephew committed suicide after being abused by a priest in the 1980s.

LOS ANGELES — In parishes across the Los Angeles archdiocese Sunday, priests read a letter from Archbishop Jose Gomez about the court-ordered release of documents from clergy sex abuse cases and the relieving of his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of public duties in the archdiocese for his role.

“Reading these files, reflecting on the wounds that were caused, has been the saddest experience I’ve had since becoming your archbishop in 2011,” Gomez said in the letter, made public last week.

Many Mass-goers declined to talk about the scandal, but their stoicism belied a mix of emotions among Los Angeles Catholics — anger, sadness, relief and vindication. …