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Off the Wall

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 15, 2003

In an editorial titled "Clay-Footed Cardinal," the Los Angeles Times indicates skepticism about Mahony's own claim to be in the vanguard of enlightened openness.

Mahony's earlier vows of cooperation and transparency seemed forgotten. As late as May 2002, he declared, "We want every single thing to be out, open and dealt with, period." Mahony's response to Keating, through a spokesperson, dripped with condescension. The former governor and federal prosecutor was "sincere and well meaning" but "not an authority on California law or the concerns of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles," the spokesperson said. Mahony himself said Thursday that Keating was "off the wall" and that he, Mahony, didn't believe that Keating could "continue to have the support of the bishops."

Mahony has sought and achieved influence on public issues including immigrant rights and social justice for the poor. His stonewalling on his own priests' accused misdeeds diminishes his ability to stir society's conscience on other matters.

Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Patty Murray, Barbara Mikulski ... ever hear a bishop call any of these Catholic elected officials "off the wall"? Curiouser and curiouser.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2003 7:10 PM ET USA

    John, you assume that Diogenes is a priest.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2003 6:11 PM ET USA

    Should Keating resign I think his replacement should be chosen based on an "Honesty in Appointments" policy. First, the replacement should be chosen from Cardinal Mahony's staff. Second, anything the new chairman says should have to be written out for him in a ledger with the gold-embossed words "The Book of Mahony." Third, any public statement the chairman has should end with "The Word of Mahony." Finally, the chairman's suit should have strings attached on one end and red gloves on the other.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 15, 2003 1:57 PM ET USA

    So the man's a hypocrite..., then tell me Diogenes, what difference should that make to any priest or Catholic layman under his (the Cardinal's) authority. You speak of "commands" (sit! rollover! beg!) but it is YOU "modern" priests who are the epitomy of psychological slavery, more fearful of losing pension, financial security and liturgical privilieges than serving and fearing Our Lord. Where are the priests who are men, God help us!?

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