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And don't forget: bad record-keeping, too!

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 10, 2004

When Cardinal Mahony told a jury that he had faced only one sex-abuse case during his years as Bishop of Stockton, he neglected to mention that he had confronted two other priests accused of similar misconduct.

He ordered those two priests to leave the country.

So why didn't he tell the jury about them?

The cardinal now says he forgot.

Remarkable. I've never ordered anyone to leave the country, so I can't testify from experience. But you'd think it would make for a memorable occasion. Still, a cardinal's life is a busy one. The LA Times reports:

In the deposition, Mahony said he was not trying to mislead the jury. He blamed earthquakes, the Los Angeles riots and a 1987 papal visit for his bad memory.

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  • Posted by: Sterling - Dec. 10, 2004 10:22 PM ET USA

    Gosh, Archbishop Mahoney is of an age where he could blame it on the bossa nova.

  • Posted by: Bernadone - Dec. 10, 2004 7:53 PM ET USA

    Some people consider peanuts to be brain food. Perhaps the good Bishop needs to eat some to help him avoid monkeying around with the truth!

  • Posted by: - Dec. 10, 2004 2:13 PM ET USA

    "He blamed earthquakes, the Los Angeles riots and a 1987 papal visit for his bad memory." Heh, heh. Sounds like: "the dog ate my homework" excuse... Priceless!

  • Posted by: - Dec. 10, 2004 10:59 AM ET USA

    Shades of repressed memory syndrome? Isn't amazing what psychological consultation can do for you.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Dec. 10, 2004 9:41 AM ET USA

    That's not an excuse. Since before giving testimony on matters like this, one is supposed to review records, public and private, to help ones recall of events likely to come up before the grand jury. This is at best willful ignorance.

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