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Cardinal Mahony, Archbishop Myers Keep the Scandal Alive
Catholic Culture ^ | 2/6/13 | Phil Lawler

Posted on 02/07/2013 10:21:57 AM PST by marshmallow

Last Friday I was rejoicing over the news that one American archbishop, at least, finally seemed to “get it” regarding the sex-abuse scandal. Now I’m afraid I was celebrating too soon. Within hours the smile had been wiped off my face, by two separate incidents that showed how thoroughly many bishops have missed the point.

Cardinal Mahony’s sad apologia

First Cardinal Roger Mahony, clearly stung by the news that Archbishop José Gomez had stripped him of his public functions in the Los Angeles archdiocese, released a defense of his own record, in the form of an open letter to his successor. Petulant and self-serving, the cardinal’s statement regurgitated the tired old arguments that American prelates have been making for over a decade to justify their failures.

Back in 2002, Cardinal Mahony was wondering aloud how Cardinal Bernard Law could live with himself after covering up evidence of abuse; now the disgraced former Archbishop of Los Angeles was making the same feeble attempts at self-justification that the disgraced former Archbishop of Boston had made before his resignation. He was only doing what the “experts” had recommended, the cardinal said; he had not yet come to appreciate the severity of the problem; he was doing what other American bishops had done. Ah, isn’t that the truth!

Yes, Cardinal Mahony—like most other bishops—took the advice of the psychologists who were running treatment centers for troubled priests. But in doing so he, like other bishops, ignored the advice that had been given years earlier by other psychologists. In 1947, Father Gerald Fitzgerald recommended that pedophile priests should be removed permanently from ministry. If his advice had been followed the sex-abuse scandal could have been avoided, thousands of young people might have been spared from trauma, and the Church might have been saved......

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Mahony's behavior is unsurprising but Myers' move is baffling.
1 posted on 02/07/2013 10:22:01 AM PST by marshmallow
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In the course of his open letter to Archbishop Gomez, Cardinal Mahony did land one solid blow. (It is revealing, and characteristic, that he buttressed his own case by undermining his successor.) He called attention to the fact that while internal archdiocesan files have only recently been made public, Archbishop Gomez had the opportunity to peruse those files months ago, when he first arrived in Los Angeles as a coadjutor:
Not once over these past years did you ever raise any questions about our policies, practices, or procedures in dealing with the problem of clergy sexual misconduct involving minors.
Here Cardinal Mahony was strongly hinting that Archbishop Gomez took action only because the truth was already out—that his decision to relieve the cardinal of public duties was motivated by public-relations concerns. If that is the case, then Archbishop Gomez was responding the same way so many other bishops had responded: taking action only when it was no longer possible to keep the lid on the scandal.

Phil Lawler nails it again.

Related thread:
L.A. Archdiocese's reaction too little, too late

2 posted on 02/07/2013 10:30:02 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy

Gee, you just have to wonder. Did (the wonderful) Archbishop Gomez have anything else on his plate the minute he took over Los Angeles Archdiocese? Talk about a mop-up operation.

Mahoney left a long and tawdry path of destruction in his long tenure here in LA. Gomez is slowly, methodically, and with a great deal of inexorable care cleaning up a large mess.


3 posted on 02/07/2013 10:41:07 AM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: marshmallow

How so many depraved individuals got into the priesthood in the first place is the question I think needs to be addressed to prevent it from ever happening again. Of course Cardinal Mahony and other bishops mishandled the situation by shuffling deviant priests around and taking matters into their own hands when a simple telephone call to law enforcement authorities would have sufficed. The LA Archdiocese has ALREADY settled with the victims, agreed to a $660 million settlement to the victims, Mahony is retired, pedophile priests removed, and strict screening measures put into to place to protect children and weed out sexual deviants trying to enter vocations. That all said, what more needs to be done? What is the REAL agenda here? This is OLD news. Most of the cases here are DECADES old. Most recent cases you read about today with respects to child abuse are coming from our PUBLIC SCHOOLS, LAUSD has no shortage of child molesters among its ranks. That’s where the REAL problem is today. The microscope should be on LAUSD, not the LA Archdiocese which has cleaned up its act, put into place stringent safeguards, eliminated the deviant priests, and paid out an enormous settlement. One wonders what the REAL agenda is here.


4 posted on 02/07/2013 10:44:17 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: marshmallow

How so many depraved individuals got into the priesthood in the first place is the question I think needs to be addressed to prevent it from ever happening again. Of course Cardinal Mahony and other bishops mishandled the situation by shuffling deviant priests around and taking matters into their own hands when a simple telephone call to law enforcement authorities would have sufficed. The LA Archdiocese has ALREADY settled with the victims, agreed to a $660 million settlement to the victims, Mahony is retired, pedophile priests removed, and strict screening measures put into to place to protect children and weed out sexual deviants trying to enter vocations. That all said, what more needs to be done? What is the REAL agenda here? This is OLD news. Most of the cases here are DECADES old. Most recent cases you read about today with respects to child abuse are coming from our PUBLIC SCHOOLS, LAUSD has no shortage of child molesters among its ranks. That’s where the REAL problem is today. The microscope should be on LAUSD, not the LA Archdiocese which has cleaned up its act, put into place stringent safeguards, eliminated the deviant priests, and paid out an enormous settlement. One wonders what the REAL agenda is here.


5 posted on 02/07/2013 10:46:40 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
The LA Archdiocese has ALREADY settled with the victims, agreed to a $660 million settlement to the victims, Mahony is retired, pedophile priests removed, and strict screening measures put into to place to protect children and weed out sexual deviants trying to enter vocations. That all said, what more needs to be done? What is the REAL agenda here? This is OLD news. Most of the cases here are DECADES old.


'What difference at this point does it make?'

6 posted on 02/07/2013 10:54:57 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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So, you’re so desperate to attack the Church that now you’re taking Cardinal Mahony’s side?

Archbishop Gomez was not Cardinal Mahony’s superior back then. He was a coadjutor.

Wikipedia gives what I believe is a correct definition:

‘A coadjutor bishop (or bishop coadjutor) is a bishop in the Roman Catholic or Anglican churches who is designated to assist the diocesan bishop in the administration of the diocese, almost as co-bishop of the diocese. The coadjutor (literally, “co-assister” in Latin) is a bishop himself and is given authority even beyond that ordinarily given to the vicar-general (although a coadjutor is also appointed a vicar-general), making him co-ruler of the diocese in all but ceremonial precedence. In modern times, the coadjutor automatically succeeds the current bishop of a diocese upon the latter’s retirement, removal or death.’

So, Myers had a good deal of authority, and was slated to take over when Mahony died or retired. But it was not within his capacity to remove Mahony’s facilities, as he has done now.

Perhaps he could have spoken out, and started a royal food fight, but what good would that have done? Mahony’s sins were in the past, and he wasn’t committing them in the present under Myers’ eye. So, better to wait a little while and remove Mahony relatively quietly—and certainly. If Myers had tried to act earlier, who knows which one of them would have won the struggle—with the press no doubt siding with the liberal.


7 posted on 02/07/2013 10:58:48 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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Dear bboop,

“Gee, you just have to wonder. Did (the wonderful) Archbishop Gomez have anything else on his plate the minute he took over Los Angeles Archdiocese?”

The repudiation and dismantling of the remains of the unjustly-gotten reputation of Roger “Boob” Cardinal Mahoney should have been one of the first orders of business.

Many, many Catholics have lost trust in the hierarchy, and not without just cause. Many in the hierarchy, including men who are still possessed of good reputation, lied to us at every turn, almost never getting “ahead of the curve,” and doing the just thing when otherwise not compelled. I understand perhaps why Archbishop Gomez did not immediately denounce the boob. As Catholics, we’re taught that detraction, unnecessarily making public the otherwise-private sins of others, is a mortal sin, a violation of the 8th Commandment.

And well we should be wary not to commit such a sin.

But the critical word is “unnecessarily.” We often go to ridiculous lengths to define such revelation as “unnecessary,” especially bishops when deciding whether or not to reveal the sins of priests and fellow bishops.

But the damage done by all the secrecy (and one could write books on the various species and degrees of damage done thereby) of the last few decades should have cleared up whether it is necessary or not to expose the crimes of every bishop who committed them, and repudiate the criminals.

I won’t go so far as to say that the bishops still don’t get it, but it’s clear that their thinking on the issue is still clouded.


sitetest

8 posted on 02/07/2013 11:01:41 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Cicero
So, you’re so desperate to attack the Church that now you’re taking Cardinal Mahony’s side?

Direct your question to the OP. I'm just quoting the article.

9 posted on 02/07/2013 11:02:58 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy

With all due respect, that is a bit of a stretch, comparing this to the Clintons. The Church has ALREADY paid a severe price for its poor handling of the deviant priests, in fact it is practically bankrupt now according the latest financial filings. When have the Clintons ever been held accountable for their misdeeds? Clinton gets bjs in the Oral Office and continues to receive acclodades and was recently named Father of the Year. Mahony has been disgraced.


10 posted on 02/07/2013 11:04:38 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: marshmallow
Sistine Chapel
11 posted on 02/07/2013 11:09:10 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (If you want to ring the bell - you got to swing the hammer hard!)
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To: marshmallow

Pedophile Priest may be mentally ill, but they are mentally ill CRIMINALS who abuse he most helpless in our society.

The Catholic Church needs to wash itself of this stigma by exposing, expelling and assisting to prosecute all these pedophiles and speak out convincingly from the pulpit of this and homosexuality.

Loving the sinner but hating the sin is inadequate here.
The must hate both.


12 posted on 02/07/2013 12:21:00 PM PST by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: marshmallow

No matter what Archbishop Gomez does there will be criticism. I support him and his actions and thank God he’s where he is.


13 posted on 02/07/2013 12:31:24 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

The problem is that men like Law and Mahoney are still around. As to why so many perverted priests, that can be attributed to the flight of so many priests from their vocations after Vatican II. Seminaries literally emptied out, and to replace them they accepted men who would have been culled out twenty years before.


14 posted on 02/07/2013 11:02:08 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: marshmallow
Cockroaches
15 posted on 02/08/2013 2:51:44 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (If you want to ring the bell - you got to swing the hammer hard!)
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To: marshmallow
Cardinal Mahony's La Cosa Nostra
16 posted on 02/08/2013 3:07:54 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (If you want to ring the bell - you got to swing the hammer hard!)
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To: marshmallow
Mic'd Up "Interview with George Neumayr" 2-6-13
17 posted on 02/08/2013 3:22:18 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (If you want to ring the bell - you got to swing the hammer hard!)
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