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Despite removal from official duties, Cardinal Mahony still performing Confirmations

Catholic World News - May 10, 2013

Although he is no longer authorized to act as an official representative of the Los Angeles archdiocese, Cardinal Roger Mahony has heightened his public profile, and continues to preside regularly at Confirmation services, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Archbishop José Gomez, who succeeded Cardinal Mahony as head of the Los Angeles archdiocese, announced earlier this year that the cardinal was being removed from administrative and public duties, after the release of documents showing that the cardinal had participated in efforts to cover up evidence of sexual abuse by clerics.

However, after participating in the conclave that elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Mahony has returned to Los Angeles and resumed his schedule of Confirmations, despite objections from some parishioners. "I've been doing them every week and I'm going to be doing them every week," the cardinal said.

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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - May. 13, 2013 10:44 AM ET USA

    What can we expect. Our ecclesial culture has been denying the reality of sin for decades. Can we expect a mere Cardinal to have ever heard of the sin of pride?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - May. 10, 2013 10:04 PM ET USA

    Is this behavior of Mahony going to continue? Or is Pope Francis going to back up Archbishop Gomez and tell Mahony to take a hike?

  • Posted by: tmsharel5764 - May. 10, 2013 8:39 PM ET USA

    I don't understand. If he has been relieved of his duties, who is authorizing him to officiate at Confirmations?

  • Posted by: Gentillylace - May. 10, 2013 7:30 PM ET USA

    As someone who lives in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I hoped that Cardinal Mahony would retire to a Trappist monastery or suchlike to repent & silently bewail his sins, so that he can get to Heaven more quickly. Little chance of his entering a Trappist monastery now! Unfortunately, he is an embarrassment to more than a few Catholic Angelenos.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 10, 2013 5:57 PM ET USA

    The cardinal can't stand not being in the limelight.

  • Posted by: Hal - May. 10, 2013 2:49 PM ET USA

    Guess that would be "sense of contrition and self awareness- Zero" for the "good" Cardinal.

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