During a SNAP press conference on Feb. 1, 2013, Esther Miller displays a photograph of herself as a cheerleader and the priest that abused her, Michael
During a SNAP press conference on Feb. 1, 2013, Esther Miller displays a photograph of herself as a cheerleader and the priest that abused her, Michael Nocita, outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. (Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

A day after his public censure, retired Archbishop Roger M. Mahony said he'd been ill-equipped to deal with an evolving priest sex abuse scandal - then issued a bitter defense of his 26-year record protecting children.

In the post on his personal blog, the Los Angeles archbishop emeritus then blasted his successor, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, who on Thursday stripped Mahony of his administrative and public duties.

"Not once over these past years did you ever raise any questions about our policies, practices, or procedures in dealing with the problem of clergy sexual misconduct involving minors," said Mahony in a letter to Gomez dated Friday, which he posted on

Feb. 1, 2013: Clarification by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez regarding the priestly status of Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry

Jan. 31, 2013: Statement by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez regarding the release of clergy files

Jan. 31, 2013: California Superior Court's order to release priest personnel files unredacted

Jan. 31, 2013: Archbishop, critics react on social media to priest abuse file release

Jan. 27, 2013: Los Angeles News Group's Special Report: In the Shadow of Abuse

Jan. 22, 2013: Bishop Thomas Curry's Jan. 22, 2013 statement about news stories regarding clergy-abuse documents

Jan. 22, 2013: Los Angeles Archdiocese's Jan. 22, 2013 statement on news reports about clergy abuse documents

Jan. 21, 2013: Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's Jan. 21, 2013 statement regarding sexual abuse of minors by clergy