Cardinal Mahoney: That’ll Teach Him

In the wake of the release of documents that showed that Cardinal Mahoney, the former archbishop of Los Angeles, covered up the rape of children by priests in his diocese, the current archbishop has delivered a very stern punishment of allowing him to remain retired.

I cannot undo the failings of the past that we find in these pages. Reading these files, reflecting on the wounds that were caused, has been the saddest experience I’ve had since becoming your Archbishop in 2011.

My predecessor, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, has expressed his sorrow for his failure to fully protect young people entrusted to his care. Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry has also publicly apologized for his decisions while serving as Vicar for Clergy. I have accepted his request to be relieved of his responsibility as the Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara.

Boy, that’ll teach ’em. Let me make this clear: They should be in prison, along with every other priest, bishop, archbishop and cardinal — and the current pope — who ever did anything other than report priests who rape to the police.

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  • jnorris

    I’m sure the Vatican’s the next step is to send him into exile following Cardinal Law.

  • glodson

    It should be like the fallout of the Penn State scandal. I believe that the former President, Vice President, and Athletic Director are all faces charges relating to the coverup of Sandusky’s crimes. The only reason Paterno isn’t up for charges is that he’s dead.

    As you say, they should face punishment for their roles. But I remember arguments about Penn State and the complete unwillingness for some to be harsh with Paterno, even as the evidence came out. I’m sure we’ve got mountains of apologists for the Catholic church that will make the same style of arguments, or incoherent shouting that they like to try to pass off as arguments, as the case may be.

  • shouldbeworking

    They’re so upset at the x-Cardinal that they even refuse to kick him out of their old boys club church.

  • dmcclean

    Auxiliary bishop? Is that one of the ones you get if your pawn reaches the eighth rank?

  • That’s one thing I’ve been incredulous about since I became aware of the scandals: Why aren’t these people in prison?

  • @dmcclean – In the RCC, an auxiliary bishop is a bishop who works in a diocese without being the bishop of the diocese. Most larger dioceses have at least one, either because there are too many people for one person to effectively service (choice of words intentional) or because the actual bishop has too many other duties to properly fleece his flock.

    According to the Wikipedia entry for the RC Archdiocese of LA, the diocese currently has 4 auxiliary bishops. An odd point of canon law is that one cannot be a bishop without being a bishop of something; the Bishop Curry mentioned in the article held the title of Bishop of Ceanannus Mór, a diocese in Ireland that ceased to exist centuries ago.

  • slc1

    Unfortunately, the statute of limitations ran out long ago on Mahoney so he can’t be tried for his crimes.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Gomez, of course, is completely innocent.

    In all his years in the church he was never involved in protecting Catholic child rapists from the law. He had nothing to do with the cover-ups; didn’t even know there were cover-ups. This whole business is a huge surprise to our Gomez

  • LightningRose

    Every last member of the Raping Children Church who is or was involved in the cover up should be prosecuted under the RICO Act.

  • dmcclean

    Thanks Gregory, very interesting!

  • Michael Heath

    I’d like to begin hearing arguments on why we should and shouldn’t militarily invade the Vatican, take their documents along with Ratzinger in custody, and start indicting accordingly.

  • Someone please explain to me how the RCC has any members left at all.

  • slc1

    Re d.c.wilson @ #12

    This question should be addressed to Andrew Sullivan who stubbornly refuses to vote with his feet.

  • I’m gonna have to agree with Michael Heath on this one — not with the military invasion bit,* but certainly the part where we take their documents and start filing charges (or indictments, whichever is appropriate, I am not a lawyer) from the top down.

    I believe that this can, in fact, be done peacefully. (And we shouldn’t throw around military force like that anyway, we’re not the world’s police, FFS!)

    *I guess, if it’s absolutely necessary, we could use a bit of military force, but really… solving things with words is so much better for everyone involved.

  • martinc

    Gregory in Seattle @ 6:

    “the Bishop Curry mentioned in the article held the title of Bishop of Ceanannus Mór, a diocese in Ireland that ceased to exist centuries ago.”

    Am I correct in pronouncing that See An Anus More?

  • dingojack

    martinc – sorry to spoil your fun.

    Ceanannus Mór* = Kells, a titular RCC diocese since the 1970’s. (The actual bishop in charge is the Bishop of Meath).

    It’s pronounced something like ‘ken-an-noos moor’.



    * (the ‘Mór’ bit means large, I think)

  • I don’t know if the statute of limitarions for the rape/sodomy might apply but doesn’t the clock on conspiracy/obstruction of justice start when it is discovered?

  • sailor1031

    Cardinal Bernard Law is not in exile. He is in well-deserved retirement in Rome, which is where RCC Dons go to live out their golden years. The fact that this also enables him to avoid being served with a witness subpoena is purely coincidental.

  • Michael Heath “I’d like to begin hearing arguments on why we should and shouldn’t militarily invade the Vatican, take their documents along with Ratzinger in custody, and start indicting accordingly.”

    1. Not swarthy.

    2. No oil.

    3. Too far from Israel.

    4. Not only do the Swiss guard dress like jesters but they aren’t even guarding Switzerland.