Records from a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have revealed yet another cover-up of Catholic priests molesting young children. Hundreds of kids were hurt. And the diocese former Cardinal Roger Mahony wants us to be sympathetic ... with him.
Mahony, who served as Cardinal from 1985 and 2011, has been named repeatedly in the lawsuit documents released to the Los Angeles Times over the weekend. The high-ranking church official is accused of opting not to defrock pedophile priests or contact the police but to send them to out-of-state treatment facilities specifically to avoid California therapists who are mandated by law to report abuse. But Mahony isn't being too hard on himself.
After all, he says he was just "naive" about the "full and lasting impact these horrible acts would have on the lives of those who were abused by men who were supposed to be their spiritual guides."
Really? Here's a guy who has risen to a position of power in a church setting -- of all places -- who claims he just didn't know the difference between right and wrong? He didn't know that it was wrong to opt to avoid scandal instead of standing up for innocent children being hurt.
Lapsed Catholic I may be, but I seem to recall at the very least that one of the 10 Commandments forbids you from lying, which is exactly what was done when the priests were sent out-of-state to skirt the laws and avoid the scandal. For someone stupid or, excuse me, naive, that sort of move was particularly tricky. It showed smarts ... sick, twisted smarts.
Mahony claims to spend every day with index cards full of the names of the children hurt by California priests, each of whom he prays for daily. He'd be better off praying for his own soul.
What do you make of the cardinal's excuse?
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