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Cardinal Mahony pegged as 'obstructionist' in bishops' efforts to address sex-abuse scandal

Catholic World News - April 23, 2013

Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired Archbishop of Los Angeles, fought against an extensive study of sex-abuse problems in American dioceses, newly released documents show.

Cardinal Mahony strongly resisted the inquiries by the John Jay researchers who had been commissioned by the US bishops’ conference to study diocesan handling of sex-abuse complaints. The cardinal’s protests are contained in his correspondence with Bishop Wilton Gregory, who was then the president of the bishops’ conference; and with Governor Frank Keating and Judge Anne Burke, key members of the lay National Review Board established by the bishops’ conference to monitor sex-abuse complaints.

The correspondence is contained in papers released by Judge Burke, who describes Cardinal Mahony as an “obstructionist” in the effort to address the scandal.

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  • Posted by: MesaConsultant2395 - Apr. 25, 2013 2:33 PM ET USA

    The thing that is so truly tragic about the good Eminence, is that he is still convinced that HE did nothing wrong. He portrays himself as Victim.

  • Posted by: rpp - Apr. 23, 2013 10:49 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Mahony was obstructionist? Really? I am quite surprised. In other news, the Sun rose in the East throughout the world today.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Apr. 23, 2013 7:20 PM ET USA

    What would you expect to find out about Mahony? That he was the good guy trying to clear things up. There are more like him still out there.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 23, 2013 6:49 PM ET USA

    This is news? No one ever suspected Al Capone of helping the federal revenue authorities.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Apr. 23, 2013 6:29 PM ET USA

    And this is the man who journeyed to Rome so he could vote on who would be the new Vicar of Christ, the successor to Peter. I wonder who among the other cardinals he caucused with? I'll bet the Holy Father is wondering too. I trust the Holy Spirit moved so that each of these festering sores will be removed from the Body of Christ, beginning with the worst sore of all, Roger Cardinal Mahony.

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