Friday, February 1, 2013

Cardinal Sin

After years of inaction, the Roman Catholic Church is suddenly getting up to speed on handling child sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  

Roger Mahoney no longer gets to have administrative and public duties, calling himself "Archbishop Emeritus."  He can throw out the stationery with that fancy title.

He's now Archbishop Demeritus.

Note: According to reports later in the day, Mahoney still gets to style himself "Archbishop Emeritus."  But in the minds of many, that D will still haunt him.

Thank you, Archbishop Jose Gomez, for recognizing the seriousness of the cover-up arranged by Mahoney and his right-hand man, Thomas Curry.   

Thank you to  LA County Superior Court Judge Emilie H. Elias, who overturned the 2011 decision of a private mediator that names of church officials could be hidden when documents about the sexual abuse were made public.

Thanks also to the Los Angeles Times and others who persisted in trying to get the names of church officials handling and mishandling the sexual abuse cases.

Remaining problems: this guy is still a Cardinal, lending new resonance to the term "cardinal sin."

Catholics and survivors of sexual abuse by priests need to press the Vatican to remove Mahony from this high status.  

If he continues to wear the distinctive red cap of a Cardinal, that cap will glow like a scarlet letter.  The "A" today stands for abuse, as well as aiding and abetting in its cover up. 

The color red has long been associated with Satan, hellfire, and damnation. If this protector of demon priests doesn't give up the cap that is his badge of honor, may the red he wears take on supernatural heat, tormenting him.

Another problem: he's still celebrating Mass in North Hollywood as a "priest in good standing."  Apparently standing up in church and handling the body and blood of Jesus Christ are not part of the "public duties" that Archbishop Gomez took away from his predecessor.

In his blog, Mahoney claims that he was simply naive and ignorant when he plotted to move abusers to another parish and make sure they didn't talk to therapists who would report them to police.

Jesus forgot to make any statements about contraception and abortion, those issues on which the Catholic Church has condemned many people.  Instead Jesus saved his harshest words for those who harm the trusting children they interact with:

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea."  Mark 9:42

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