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Commentator: Did Cardinal Mahony cover up evidence of bishop's paternity?

CWN - January 11, 2012

Shortly after Archbishop José Gomez was installed in the Los Angeles last March, rumors began to circulate that an auxiliary of the archdiocese, Bishop Gabino Zavala, was facing special scrutiny in Rome. Last week Bishop Zavala resigned, admitting that he was the father of 2 teenage children. Columnist George Neumayr asks whether Bishop Zavala had been protected by the previous head of the Los Angeles archdiocese, Cardinal Roger Mahony.

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  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 13, 2012 10:52 AM ET USA

    Catholics are right to distrust their bishops and to wonder how many of America's dioceses are corrupt. The failure of our bishops to speak to the laity with candor leaves us no choice. When all of America's bishops join the Body of Christ instead of acting as corporate CEO's with staffs of PR men and lawyers then they will begin to regain the trust of the American Catholic laity.

  • Posted by: opraem - Jan. 11, 2012 6:51 PM ET USA

    gabe was not the first of mahony's auxiliaries to test the limits of decency. azube and fisher were accused of molestation, ziemann admitted forcing his priests to have sex with him when bishop of santa rosa, steve blair paid hush money to an admitted abuser to keep him from testifying against mahony. roger must really have been asleep at the switch for many years. pray for abp gomex who has to drain this putrid episcopal swamp.

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