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(Cardinal) Mahony assaulted near L.A.'s cathedral
Daily News ^ | December 4, 2007 | Rick Coca

Posted on 12/04/2007 7:34:02 AM PST by NYer

Cardinal Roger Mahony was physically assaulted by a man enraged by the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal within days of a record settlement with hundreds of victims, the Daily News has learned.

Mahony, 71, revealed the attack during an annual conference in October before hundreds of stunned priests, saying a man assaulted him because of the scandal, according to four priests who attended the conference.

News of the assault comes as the bulk of the church's $660million settlement with victims began being paid out Monday, with more than $500million in checks going out in the mail. The settlement with 508 alleged victims was approved by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge July 16.

The attack on Mahony occurred in July near Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, and it took the cardinal about a month to heal, said the Rev. Sal Pilato, principal at Junipero Serra Catholic High School in Gardena. The cardinal was dropping off letters at a mailbox when he was assaulted, priests said.

"Somebody recognized him and attacked him," Pilato said Mahony told the gathering. "It was shocking because it was an act of violence and it was someone we know and respect."

Mahony declined to comment on the reports.

"Whatever conversation might have taken place between the priests and their bishop was a private conversation and not meant to be public," said Carolina Guevara, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

Mahony told the priests that after his attacker recognized him, the man began shouting expletives and knocked him to the ground, said another priest who asked not be identified.

Leading up to the $660million settlement, Mahony came under fire from victims and attorneys who say he moved sexually abusive priests to different parishes and then blocked efforts in court to keep records of abuse and suspect priests secret.

Coupled with an earlier settlement of $114million given to 86 claimants, the total represents the largest payout for sexual abuse by any archdiocese in the country.

Church officials have said Mahony made a concerted effort to reach out to victims, meeting with many of them and their families in person and offering free counseling to those who need it.

Barbara Blaine, national president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, a support group for victims, said attacks on church officials are rare.

"I think that incidents like this alleged incident are pretty rare because most abuse victims turn their pain inward and engage in self-destructive behaviors," Blaine said.

"If this happened, we feel sorry for Mahony as we do anyone who's been assaulted in any way."

It was not known whether Mahony's attacker was a victim.

Those at the October conference at Our Lady of the Angels said Mahony shared the story about the assault within the context of the sexual-abuse scandal. Priests described the confession as both deeply moving and, because of the violence, disturbing.

Mahony was telling the priests they all had a price to pay for the sexual abuses perpetrated by their brethren when he relayed the story of the assault as an example of the personal toll he's endured, several priests said.

Bruised after the attack, he said it gave him a deeper understanding of the suffering the victims of the sex scandal have endured, the priests said.

"The main message was that his wounds healed within a month, bruises and all, but the victims of child abuse are still suffering after many years, that their wounds are far deeper than what he experienced," Pilato said.

He apparently decided not to go public with the assault, and Los Angeles Police Department officials said they were unaware of any such incident.

"Roger Mahony's name hasn't been mentioned around here," LAPD Lt. Roger Mora said Monday.

Mahony also revealed at the conference that he thought he might be attacked earlier when tensions over the allegations of sexual abuses by priests were at their peak, said the priest who did not want to be identified.

The priest said he thinks Mahony and others mismanaged the scandal by not removing priests who were sexually abusing children sooner and failing to settle cases earlier. That lack of action has damaged the church's reputation and cost it millions of dollars, he said.

Still, the fact that Mahony was attacked over the scandal and chose not to make it public impressed the priest.

It appeared to him that Mahony was telling those gathered that if he needed to endure the assault to help people get through this trying time, so be it, that he "should just take it because people were so mad, and rightly so," the priest said.

"I was moved. I really was," he said.

The Rev. Joseph Shea, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale, sees Mahony's reaction to the attack as Christ-like.

"Like Jesus, we must offer our lives and even suffer for Christ, even for things we didn't do," said Shea, who was also at the convocation.Some of the priests in attendance said Mahony should have reported the assault to police, while others were shocked that something like that could happen to the leader of the more than 4million Catholics in the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

"That's the kind of world you live in," Shea said. "People do some crazy things sometimes."


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: assault; cardinal; mahony

Cardinal Roger Mahony waves to those in the Guadalupe Procession as they enter East Los Angeles College Stadium for Mass Sunday, December 2, 2007. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff Photographer)
1 posted on 12/04/2007 7:34:07 AM PST by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
The attack on Mahony occurred in July ......

So why is this story being released now?

2 posted on 12/04/2007 7:35:04 AM PST by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer
News of the assault comes as the bulk of the church's $660million settlement with victims began being paid out Monday
3 posted on 12/04/2007 7:37:32 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: NYer
The attack on Mahony occurred in July near Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, and it took the cardinal about a month to heal, said the Rev. Sal Pilato, principal at Junipero Serra Catholic High School in Gardena.

They certainly kept this a close secret.

This is the first I've heard of it, and I've read many Mahony-related articles in the intervening months.

4 posted on 12/04/2007 7:39:10 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: NYer

My guess is because it never happened — just showman Mahony figuring he needs the “sympathy vote” just about now. Isn’t the abuse thing heating up again in LA?


5 posted on 12/04/2007 7:39:42 AM PST by maryz
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To: NYer
So why is this story being released now?

Presumably so the adulation of Mahony expressed in this article could be timed to coincide with the settlement he negotiated.

6 posted on 12/04/2007 7:41:51 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: NYer
So why is this story being released now?

For no *good* reason ...

7 posted on 12/04/2007 7:42:32 AM PST by Tax-chick (Every committee wants to take over the world.)
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To: NYer

Obviously this great, highly-respected prelate is in great danger. It would be best if he retires early for his own safety.


8 posted on 12/04/2007 7:48:06 AM PST by ducdriver ("Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance." GKC)
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To: NYer
Meanwhile, the "Taj Mahoney" assaults Catholics on a daily basis.


9 posted on 12/04/2007 7:51:12 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: NYer
He apparently decided not to go public with the assault, and Los Angeles Police Department officials said they were unaware of any such incident.

One wonders what the man who assaulted him actually said....There are other reasons Mahony may not have wanted to go to the police than out of sense of altruism as is indicated here.

"Roger Mahony's name hasn't been mentioned around here," LAPD Lt. Roger Mora said Monday.

That's a strange comment. It's almost as if he left unsaid, "--at least not as the victim of a crime."

All that said, I'd much prefer to see Cardinal Mahoney resign than get beaten up. I'll leave the judging of him to Almighty God. I just want him out of the way so that the good people of the LA archdiocese can get back on the path to Faith and Truth.
10 posted on 12/04/2007 7:52:14 AM PST by Antoninus (Republicans who support Rudy owe Bill Clinton an apology.)
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To: Aquinasfan

Jackhammers.

Dynamite.

Det-cord.

Caps.

Control box.

Front end loaders.

Dump trucks.

Does LA Harbor need a new breakwater, or riprap?


11 posted on 12/04/2007 7:56:46 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ducdriver
Obviously this great, highly-respected prelate is in great danger. It would be best if he retires early for his own safety.

A gold star for you! Absolute genius!

12 posted on 12/04/2007 8:10:44 AM PST by Tax-chick (Every committee wants to take over the world.)
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To: Antoninus
All that said, I'd much prefer to see Cardinal Mahoney resign than get beaten up.

Mandatory retirement is only 4 years away.

13 posted on 12/04/2007 8:18:29 AM PST by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer
So why is this story being released now?

Maybe he enjoyed it.

14 posted on 12/04/2007 8:23:53 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: NYer

The BS meter is pegged.

God forgive me, but I don’t buy this for a second. Where’s the police report? Wouldn’t it be sinful not to seek civil justice against your attacker? I’m not talking about forgiveness. People can be forgiven and still be punished.

The pope’s assassin was forgiven but the Vatican still saw that he was brought to justice.


15 posted on 12/04/2007 8:24:07 AM PST by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna)
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To: NYer

**The attack on Mahony occurred in July ......
So why is this story being released now?**

Is it to distract from other things?


16 posted on 12/04/2007 8:34:51 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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PRAYER FOR HOLY PRIESTS

O my Jesus, I thank Thee, that Thou art truly, actually, and substantially, human and divine,
present here in the mystery of the Sacrament of the Altar.

Thou hast said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you."
See, Lord, I come and knock. I ask Thee:
Send us holy priests!

O my Jesus, Thou hast said: "Whatever you ask the Father in MY Name, it shall be granted you."
See, Lord, in Thy Name I ask Thy Father the grace:
Send us holy priests!

O my Jesus, Thou hast said: "Heaven and earth shall pass away but My Word shall not pass away."
See, Lord, in trust of the infallibility of Thy Word, I ask Thee:
Send us holy priests!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee!
Please bless Thy priests!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, it is not possible for Thee to have no sympathy for us wretches.
Have mercy on us sinners, and grant us through the threefold full of grace, beautiful, and
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thy Mother and ours, the grace to which we pray to Thee. Amen.

O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us:
obtain for us many holy priests.

O Lord, grant unto Thy Church saintly priests and fervent religious.

Send forth, O Lord, laborers into Thy harvest.

O Lord, grant us priests!
O Lord, grant us holy priests!
O Lord, grant us many holy priests!
O Lord, grant us many holy religious vocations!

Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.

17 posted on 12/04/2007 8:36:06 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer
The Rev. Joseph Shea, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale, sees Mahony's reaction to the attack as Christ-like.

Please Father, get a grip on reality. Comparing bruises to what Our Lord endured is pathetic. I won't say this assault didn't happen, but the whole thing sounds fishy. Reading through the whole article there is just too much "said several priests who did not want to be identified." Why not? Sounds to me like Phony Mahony is playing for sympathy, right out of the Clinton playbook.

18 posted on 12/04/2007 8:48:26 AM PST by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: maryz

Hate to say it, but the guy deserved it. He makes Law look good.


19 posted on 12/04/2007 8:50:56 AM PST by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: NYer
Mandatory retirement is only 4 years away.

Right. I've got to add a Mahoney countdown meter to my blog.
20 posted on 12/04/2007 8:53:22 AM PST by Antoninus (Republicans who support Rudy owe Bill Clinton an apology.)
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To: All
Mahony was telling the priests they all had a price to pay for the sexual abuses perpetrated by their brethren when he relayed the story of the assault as an example of the personal toll he's endured, several priests said.

Bruised after the attack, he said it gave him a deeper understanding of the suffering the victims of the sex scandal have endured, the priests said.

"You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."
- Leviticus 18:22

"...but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."
Matthew 18:6


21 posted on 12/04/2007 10:07:47 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, for it is an evil time." - Amos 5:13)
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To: ducdriver

It would not suprise me if Cardinal Mahony retires sooner, with hints coming from the Vatican.


22 posted on 12/04/2007 10:08:32 AM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: NYer
"It was shocking because it was an act of violence and it was someone we know and respect."

Who was known and respected? The attacker? Mahoney is known, but I'm not sure 'respected' is a good description for him.

23 posted on 12/04/2007 10:08:51 AM PST by PAR35
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To: ducdriver
Obviously this great, highly-respected prelate is in great danger. It would be best if he retires early for his own safety.

I believe it is essential that he retreat to a secluded monastery where he can be properly protected. And soon; tomorrow could be too late!

24 posted on 12/04/2007 10:39:40 AM PST by Campion
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To: maryz
Up until recently, I worked in downtown Los Angeles, a few blocks from the Cathedral. I know the area well. If Cardinal Mahony got attacked by anyone, it was by one of the homeless people who have made downtown an unpopular place to live, in spite of the billions of dollars that have been invested in residential real estate in the neighborhood over the last ten years. If a homeless person did attack Mahony, it had nothing really to do with the sex scandal, even if that’s what the attacker was yelling about. People who are crazy or bad doesn’t have valid “reasons” for beating people up, so Mahony is dignifying this guy by even repeating what he said. I am very skeptical if this “attack” was much more than the common, albeit frightening, interaction people downtown have with vagrants. If Mahony really was attacked, he owed it to fellow denizens of Los Angeles to tell the police. Since, he chose not to, he does not get “credit” for being a victim. I think Mahony is being disingenuous at best about this supposed attack and I hope the media ignore it.
25 posted on 12/04/2007 11:30:20 AM PST by utahagen
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To: utahagen
I was thinking after I posted that maybe something happened -- probably just yelling or maybe a shove. And Mahony "embroidered" it into something that would suit his purposes. What you say about the area makes a scenario like this even more likely!
26 posted on 12/04/2007 11:34:39 AM PST by maryz
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To: Campion
tomorrow could be too late!

...and yesterday wouldn't be soon enough!

27 posted on 12/04/2007 12:08:58 PM PST by ducdriver ("Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance." GKC)
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To: Aquinasfan

I used to work a few blocks from the cathedral. Believe it or not, it’s even uglier than any photo has captured.


28 posted on 12/04/2007 1:06:07 PM PST by utahagen
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To: maryz

I’m with you - this smells very fishy.

Were there any other witnesses to this assault?


29 posted on 12/04/2007 4:24:30 PM PST by jtal
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To: utahagen

I agree with your assessment...Mahony could just as well been assaulted
by one of the vagrants.

One thing that doesn’t wash with me is...the couple of times I visited
the Taj Mahony there were maybe at least five or six BEEFY guy in blue
sportscoats. They sure looked like “security”. I’d be suprised if Mahony
didn’t have at least some (even covert) bodyguard when he’s about town.

I hope that Mahony’s “insights” about the fuller depth of the priestly
scandals is authentic...and not just stage-craft.


30 posted on 12/04/2007 4:32:30 PM PST by VOA
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To: Aquinasfan

OUCH! That is really ugly.


31 posted on 12/04/2007 4:37:17 PM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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To: Rutles4Ever

Maybe it was the same guy who “assaulted” Dan Rather.


32 posted on 12/04/2007 5:05:40 PM PST by vox_freedom
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To: maryz

I would give him the benefit of the doubt and believe him.

When he spoke of what happened to him, it made me think of the many wonderful priests that go about doing God’s work under the eyes of a suspicious public, because of the actions of a few disgusting, perverted priests.

As a cradle Catholic, I have been around Catholic clergy all of my life and have never met one evil priest.

I believe that the devil works overtime to corrupt our priests and also ministers. The more that he brings them down, the more people are led astray.


33 posted on 12/04/2007 6:42:09 PM PST by mckenzie7 (Lib NO MORE!)
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To: NYer
Mandatory retirement is only 4 years away.

That will be an interesting one - His Emminence has to offer his resignation, but traditionally Cardinal Archbishops are kept on until they're 80 unless there's reason not to...let's keep an eye on what His Holiness does with this case.
34 posted on 12/05/2007 2:44:04 AM PST by FloreatIacobus
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To: FloreatIacobus
His Emminence has to offer his resignation, but traditionally Cardinal Archbishops are kept on until they're 80 unless there's reason not to...let's keep an eye on what His Holiness does with this case.

If B-16 is still with us, I fully expect he will accept the mandatory resignation at 12:00am on Mahony's 75th birthday. He probably has a Vatican dossier of complaints as thick as that of my bishop and several others from the same class.

35 posted on 12/05/2007 5:46:11 AM PST by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer

He just went public with it. I hope the Lord gives this man the opportunity to think deeply about his very real part in this scandal and his soul. And I would love for the Pope to replace him asap.


36 posted on 12/05/2007 6:49:55 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: NYer

Doesn’t the LA Cardinal have a bodyguard? Seems odd.

Reminds of me of when the late Congressman Stewart McKinney was “mugged” on Capitol Hill. Turned out to be something different.


37 posted on 12/05/2007 8:55:27 AM PST by Stingray51
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