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Cardinal Mahony, meet Edith Piaf

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Nov 23, 2004

The Archbishop of Los Angeles responds to questions from a reporter:

Q: What regrets, if any, do you have about the way you handled (abusive) priests?

A: Well, obviously it is always easy to look at things that happened 20 years ago with the knowledge and insights we have today. It's easy to sit here in 2004 and make commentary on things that happened in the early 1980s or mid-1980s. ... There's been an evolution over the years on how these matters have been understood by professionals as well as by the Church. That evolution of knowledge has led to a continual refinement of our policies and procedures so that goal No. 1 is achieved - that is, that the Church is safe for all children and young people.

Oh, sorry; I guess I got distracted. The question was whether he had any regrets. What was the answer, again?

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Nov. 29, 2004 12:05 PM ET USA

    I'll write that down as "no regrets". The most charitable view of this ramble is that His Emminence has been coached by lawyers to admit nothing, explain nothing except in statements crafted by lawyers in order to protect his interests.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 29, 2004 11:24 AM ET USA

    "Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing."

  • Posted by: - Nov. 28, 2004 8:03 PM ET USA

    Of course my Cardinal could not possibly answered the question. Had he done so, it would have illustrated a virtue he does not seem to possess, "honesty." Extremely unhappy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 27, 2004 7:18 AM ET USA

    Methinks, to Cardinal Mahony, it really comes down to a matter of what the meaning of "regret is.

  • Posted by: snowbird - Nov. 26, 2004 5:50 AM ET USA

    A straight answer from the Chacnery Office? You must be dreaming - - - or, hoping!

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Nov. 23, 2004 3:48 PM ET USA

    I'll chalk answer as a "No."

  • Posted by: - Nov. 23, 2004 12:52 PM ET USA

    Obviously, the cardinal's answer is evolving. Evolution is such a useful thing. I'm going to pick up a case on the way home tonight. Wait til my wife hears my newly evolved understanding of the division of labor in the household...

  • Posted by: - Nov. 23, 2004 11:18 AM ET USA

    “so that goal No. 1 is achieved - that is, that the Church is safe for all children and young people.” A truly sad commentary on the state of the Church in America, wouldn’t you all agree?

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