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LAUSD warned about hiring disgraced priest

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Now-retired Cardinal Roger Mahony in 2010, when he lead a Christmas mass at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Records show he was kept abreast of allegations against Pina.

Officials with LA’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese said they warned Los Angeles Unified School District not to hire a former priest who’d admitted to a sexual relationship with a minor. 

LA Unified had actually initiated the conversation. In 2001, school officials asked the church: Does former priest Joseph Piña carry out all job duties in an ethical and safe manner?

The answer from the Archdiocese: No.

Spokesman Tod Tamberg said the church elaborated, writing: “Mr. Pina has many fine qualities but is not the most stable of individuals. I would not recommend him for a position in the schools.”

LAUSD hired him anyway. Piña worked for the district as a Community Organizer from 2002 through 2012, when he was laid off. 

In that time, no complaints were made against him, according to LAUSD.