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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 20, 2007

The boys in the priest’s bedroom had been “fully clothed,” and no sexual activity had occurred, Cardinal Mahony told parishioners in October 2005, making what he said was the “fullest possible disclosure” about the situation.

And that’s odd, because 6 months earlier, reporting to the Vatican on the same incident, the same Cardinal Mahony had said that the boys were “partially naked” and evidently aroused, in a videotape that provided “objective verification that criminal behavior did occur.”

J. Michael Hennigan, Mahony's lawyer, said he sees no contradiction between Mahony's public statements and the file contents because at the time the cardinal spoke out, the archdiocese was under court order not to reveal the contents of the personnel files.

And you have to admit, Cardinal Mahony didn't reveal the contents of the personnel files. No, sir. What he revealed to parishioners was something quite different.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 20, 2007 10:27 PM ET USA

    Please, Holy Father, for the sake of the church, which is the Body of Christ, get this man out of orders and out of the church. He is an affront to all that is holy and souls are being lost as long as he remains in office. Holy Father, are you listening? Please?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 20, 2007 6:05 PM ET USA

    BTW, Uncle Di, thank you for going easy on the legal profession. There is only one Saint Thomas More, of course, but his faith and martyrdom continue to serve as examples to some of us; St. Josemaria was trained as a lawyer as well, and some of us likewise strive to follow his epigrammatic wisdom.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 20, 2007 12:07 PM ET USA

    J. Michael Hennigan, Esquire, is the perfect lawyer: he can fake sincerity, and has a narrow version of "contradictory." I have no doubt at all, though, that if this Mahony criminal told Hennigan, "I'll pay your fee," and later said, "I won't pay your fee," that Mr. Hennigan would see the two statements as contradictory, sincerely contradictory.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 20, 2007 10:52 AM ET USA

    Sorry Roger, making ANY public statement (even a false one) is a violation of the court order. If he were not the poster boy for the left wing he would be held in contempt by the court. How he is viewed by the Heavenly court has not been revealed...

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