Priest who covered up child molestation gets to help decide the next Pope.

Today will be a day of twelve hours in the air or in airports…so content may be a little light.

Remember Robert Roger Mahoney, the Los Angeles priest who covered up, you guessed it, child molestation?  You know, the one who appeared to be cast out in an effort to show the world how the Catholic Church will no longer entrust power to the wicked (and this time they really mean it).

The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil,” Gomez said in a statement, adding: “Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties.”

Does helping to elect the next Pope count as administrative or public duties?  Because that’s what he gets to do.  There are eleven Cardinals in the United States who will have a vote on who the next Pope will be, and Mahoney is among them.

After the release of damning sex abuse documents that prompted a rare public rebuke from the current archbishop of Los Angeles, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony again finds himself in the spotlight — this time over his upcoming vote in the conclave to elect a new pope.

Despite allegations of hiding sexual abuse by priests and then being sidelined by current Archbishop Jose Gomez, Mahony remains a cardinal, a priest “in good standing” and under age 80 — all enough to make him eligible to be one of just 11 American cardinals to hold a vote in next month’s conclave.

“I look forward to traveling to Rome soon to help thank Pope Benedict XVI for his gifted service to the church, and to participate in the Conclave to elect his successor,” Mahony wrote on his personal blog hours after the pope’s stunning resignation announcement.

Outside the Catholic Church, aiding and abetting child molesters lands you in jail.  In the Catholic Church, he’s one of the chosen few who gets input on who will be god’s moral bastion to the world.

It would be a barrel of laughs if these people didn’t wield tremendous influence over a lot of people, all of which probably feel the need to vomit at the Church’s crimes when they’re committed by anybody else.

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  • Art Vandelay

    Well to be fair, I’d be shocked if there were one Cardinal in that conclave that hasn’t been complicit in some sort of crime against humanity. At least Mahoney had the decency to ask God to forgive us…

    In the past several days, I have experienced many examples of being humiliated. In recent days, I have been confronted in various places by very unhappy people. I could understand the depth of their anger and outrage–at me, at the Church, at about injustices that swirl around us.

    Thanks to God’s special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them.

  • Artor

    Is it time to dismantle the RCC yet? No? Okay, how about…now? Still no? well then, NOW is a good time, right? Right? Please?

    • Greg G

      According to Malachy, there is supposed to be one more Pope. Then we can dismantle it.

  • jatheist

    Whatever happened to Cardinal Bernard Law? He is another asshat caught covering up for the church… He was from Boston I think. After his story broke he was shipped to the Vatican where, I believe, he lives the life of luxury. He should be in jail.

  • penn

    Now would be the time for those good Catholics that we always hear about to stand the fuck up and show some moral outrage. If you want to argue that there is something good and noble at the heart of the Catholic faith (which I was raised in), then get pissed and get loud. If you want the Catholic Church to actually put the global aiding and abetting of child rapists behind it, then you can’t allow the guilty parties to select the next head of the church who will be responsible for setting the policies on how to deal with child rapists and their accomplices. What sort of policies do you think a man selected by those guilty of abetting child rapists will have towards his constituents? Don’t leave this to “shrill” atheists and ex-Catholics, clean your own fucking house up.

  • Glodson

    Oh godddamnit.

    I am glad to see his stern punishment continue.

    And I’m so glad that Mahoney forgave us for the sin of pointing out that he was complicate in the covering up of decades of child rape.

  • David Kaloyanides

    It’s ROGER Mahoney. Not Robert.

    • MikeyM

      Also “Mahony.”

    • SB

      So what? A rose by any other name…

      He’s still the scum of the earth.

    • Glodson

      Let’s just call him Cardinal PedoProtector.

      The name says it all.

      • Art Vandelay

        You sure that’s not taken?

        • Glodson

          I suppose we would need to add another designation.

          Cardinal PedoProtector out of Los Angeles.

          • kagekiri

            You sure that’s enough?

            Cardinal PedoProtector, #1 of 2012, out of Los Angeles might be needed for specificity.

            If one thing has been cemented into my mind, it’s that scumminess runs deep in the RCC.

          • Glodson

            Well, this nomenclature would work best when talking about recent Cardinals.

            To be fair, we have direct evidence that Cardinal PedoProtector out of LA did directly protect pedophiles. I don’t know how much evidence of this exists for his predecessors or successors.

            Sadly, given what I’ve seen, the odds are strong that Cardinal PedoProtector out of LA acts in much the same vein as Cardinals elsewhere.

  • Don Austen

    When I was 20, a monsignor in L.A., no knowing my age tried to sexually assault me. I wrote the archdiocese. They did nothing. I later phoned a Sister Sheila, who screamed at me that I was lying and hung up on me. I went to St. Mels church, where I told the monsignor there what had happened. He told me to leave or he would phone the police. About a year and a half ago, I was contacted by two of the archdiocese lawyers, who informed me that a lawsuit had been filed against the church, as the monsignor who assaulted me had molested two young boys and a lawsuit had been filed. The lawyers threatened me that if I did not give them the statement they wanted, that they would make public what I had spoken with the monsignor about in confidence. I told them to got to hell and went straight too the lawyers who had filed the suit and gave them a statement. There have been too many coverups. Too many lies. Too many lives ruined. If our Constitution says that we can do nothing about taking down the Catholic church, at very least we must change the law so that all of the property they own become subject to tax. And Roger Mahoney needs to be arrested, tried and sentenced to prison, as should Razinger for both of their coverups of the raping and molestation of children with a P for pedophile branded on their foreheads, then stuck in a cell with Jerry Sandusky, another Catholic leader.