Here’s something hopeful in a bleak sort of way
Rod Dreher writes me to point out that Amy links to a piece in the LA Times (registration required, sorry!) in which Cdl. Mahony works on his Sergeant Schultz impression too. Wherever responsibility was, he wasn’t. It’s all the fault of some underling.
Problem is, the underling is the bishop of Santa Barbara and he seems to be unwilling to just bend over and take it from the good cardinal.
Rod sez that Mahony tells the paper that he was shocked, SHOCKED! to learn recently of a particular case in Long Beach – but the Times points out that not only was the case reported in the paper there, but the report brought a long letter of protest to the paper from Mahony’s own spokesman! (Mark’s note: Recall that Mahony has a reputation in his archdiocese as a control freak. Not a sparrow falls without him knowing, according to reports I’ve read.) So, Mahony tries the Cardinal Law excuse of saying that subordinates, like a former aide named Curry (now bishop of santa Barbara), handled things w/o his knowledge. Curry, responding through a lawyer, says this is… um, a bovine by-product, that nothing was done w/o Mahony’s knowledge and consent.
In short, it appears we have one bishop calling a cardinal a liar. This is going to get very interesting.
Well, since the good cardinal still seems to be playing for the cameras rather than for God, I don’t think it could happen to a nicer guy. He doesn’t seem to me to fear God. Maybe he will fear bad press if even bishops begin now to point out his mendacity.