More corrupt than Boston?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 16, 2004

Feel the need for pain? The full text of Cardinal Mahony's recent deposition is online here.

The accompanying article, I regret to say, falls short in some respects from the editorial deference traditionally accorded metropolitan archbishops.

"No amount of public relations can turn this into a poor memory," says A.W. Richard Sipe, a psychotherapist, author and former priest. "For a man of his background and administrative capability to make such a claim is disgusting. We're scratching at the surface of his character here. And you are seeing the philosophy of the Catholic hierarchy, which is, 'I only lie when I have to.'"

Mahony’s credibility will be an issue in 544 lawsuits headed for settlement in Los Angeles. ... While attorneys contend a large enough settlement could cost Mahony his job, Sipe believes the truth could be more effective. "If the real story gets told, lay people will realize that Los Angeles is more corrupt than Boston," he says.

Sad, isn't it? Sipe seems not to have gotten the key message the bishops sent us about the Crisis: that "It's history."

Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 8 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Andy K - Dec. 18, 2004 8:27 AM ET USA

    Just watch the article for language issues, esp. the one citing Mr. Sipe.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 18, 2004 1:49 AM ET USA

    Ya know, I was wondering why the Diocese of Orange would settle for 100 million when a jury would be hard pressed to sock them with that high a bill. However, if you want to keep those documents secret, you pay the price. The bishops run the most corrupt institution in America. There are no checks and balances, and I do not know the solution. mfb, Rochester

  • Posted by: - Dec. 17, 2004 9:45 AM ET USA

    What a pity that the real financial punishment for the scandal falls on the innocent parishioners. The Catholic Church should never have been indicted for the actions of those acting in violation of de fide doctrine. Has any other denomination had to pay for like scandals we know do exist in them as well? A great injustice has been foisted on the Catholic Church in America. Pity and pray for the conversion of those who have been a part of it.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 7:22 PM ET USA

    Boston revealed this week that after all their abuse settlemets they still have an 80 million unfunded pension liability. That is criminal. As a former employee in the LA Archdiocese... let me tell you it will be worse here. My constant prayer is: Lord, please spare me from any Catholic priest bishop or spokesman lecturing private businesses on how to treat their employees in a moral manner. Pleeeeeease give me a break!

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 11:45 AM ET USA

    Mother Angelica told us years ago what she thought of this diocese and its leader.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 10:59 AM ET USA

    ...according to the reality of their country. Well, doesn't that speak volumes to the attitude of the American hierarchy towards its obligation of filial obedience towards the See of Peter? This is why chaos reigns throughout the Church in America. I suspect it is the case elsewhere throughout the world as well. This is what happens when your bishops are more interested in social issues than in the salvation of souls. I can only hope that Roger joins Bernard very soon.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 10:55 AM ET USA

    Q. Okay. And if an instruction is issued by the Vatican that says this is the procedure the diocese is to follow, is it your obligation as the Bishop of that diocese to follow that instruction? A. Well, it depends, first of all, whether we are aware of the instruction, whether we've received it, whether it has been explained to us what the reasons are. And, usually, the Bishops' conferences around the world have to interpret the instruction ...

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 10:01 AM ET USA

    I have relatives in LA. They already "realize that Los Angeles is more corrupt than Boston". The Unitarian element (all dressed up on Sunday, looking for some non-challenging place to go) like it that way. The others (thanks to the pope's appointment, oversight, and exercise of Canon Law) have nowhere else Catholic to go. Those going to Eastern Rite Catholic churches, Orthodox churches, and the SSPX have already left. The rest barely speak English and are used to corruption.