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take my boss ... please!

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 09, 2006

An editorial in this morning's L.A. Times pushes the limits of acceptable jocularity in censuring Cardinal Roger Mahony for his abuser records stonewall. The set-up is conventional dead-pan:

The leader of any organization naturally feels a responsibility to protect it from humiliation and financial loss. And information gleaned from confessions has greater legal protection than that learned in a normal conversation. But the moral obligations involved when religious figures turn their followers into victims calls for a higher form of response than self-protection. These matters have dragged on for years, at great cost to the church's image. There can be no healing until the truth is acknowledged and justice served.

And it's not just survivors of abuse saying so. Addressing the subject of sexual abuse by Irish clergy late last month, Pope Benedict XVI said "it is important to establish the truth of what happened in the past" and to "ensure that the principles of justice are fully respected."

Then comes the punch line:

If Mahony is not persuaded by the victims and the public, perhaps, finally, he will listen to his boss.

Who do you think was rolling on the floor longer -- the gang at the Times when they came up with the gag, or the gang at the Chancery when they read it?

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 10, 2006 12:22 PM ET USA

    tomecom: We had just moved from a traditional Irish/German town in Queens to a "progressive" Long Island township. It was quite a culture shock going from the 50's to the 70's overnight. The event was a "teen skate" at a local rink. It was the first time we had seen a priest not dressed as such and being called by his first name. Mom said he was "inviting temptation." Later, there were rumors that several young teens had been spending too much time in the rectory. He was reassigned.

  • Posted by: JW - Nov. 09, 2006 5:17 PM ET USA

    esalkin, showed up where? Mass? A family reunion?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Nov. 09, 2006 4:10 PM ET USA

    Cdl. Roger has led many astray. He has scandalized me with his consistent abuse of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, & now with his deliberate withholding of priests' files. Those files are not protected the same way that the Sacrament of Confession is protected. I would "take a bullet" to ensure that the Seal of Confession is never, ever broken. But I would never take a bullet to protect somebody's file cabinet when serious crimes were committed. Cdl. Roger: Listen to/obey to the Holy Father.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2006 3:55 PM ET USA

    In 1969 a priest showed up at even in a turtleneck and jeans. My mother was appalled. He then proceded to hug everyone. My mother packed up and left. We could not understand why. Thanks, mom!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Nov. 09, 2006 2:04 PM ET USA

    The only Boss Mahony has is named Hugo.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2006 12:54 PM ET USA

    It seems that the only time Mahony listens to a Pope is when he get a promotion. Now he accepts messages but does whatever he, himself, wishes to do. Don't sell this Pope short. The bishops will be brought into line.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2006 12:52 PM ET USA

    And what did His Rogerness say when he read that? "Boss? Boss? I have a boss? I havent listened to anybody since my pal Joe Bernardin assumed room temperature."

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Nov. 09, 2006 12:05 PM ET USA

    just keep teaching the kids about "touching safety" and everything will be okay. no need to listen to the boss. just hope "the boss" is "listening" to those in his employment...

  • Posted by: ladybird - Nov. 09, 2006 10:56 AM ET USA

    They just don't get it!!! No matter how many "consultants", "advisors", "experts", "commentators" - they just don't get it!!! Everything is filtered through their own belief - fed by old saws and older movies - about the Church and how it "works"! But the saddest thing of all...the Mahoneys and their ilk work that ignorance and massage it to their use.

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