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Cardinal Mahony: Trump’s pardon of former sheriff is ‘disgusting’

August 29, 2017

Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, blasted President Donald Trump for pardoning Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, from 1993 to 2016.

Arpaio, 85, was convicted of misdemeanor contempt of court charges in July.

“I am deeply troubled and disgusted by President Trump’s pardon of Joe Arapaio,” Cardinal Mahony said. “The former sheriff’s tenure was marked by racial profiling, harassment of our Latino brothers and sisters, and the disruption of immigrant communities.”

“Rather than upholding it, President Trump’s pardon flouts and undermines the rule of law,” the prelate added. “It also sends a dangerous signal to law enforcement throughout the country that they, too, can ignore due process and profile and harass persons of color, especially Latinos.”


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  • Posted by: feedback - Aug. 30, 2017 1:57 AM ET USA

    Mr. Joe Arpaio is an American patriot and a hero to many people. Card. Mahony needs to look up some of Clinton's and Obama's presidential pardons to see clemency granted to individuals with truly disgusting criminal past. Pres. Trump did the right thing.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Aug. 29, 2017 9:46 PM ET USA

    Mahoney is trying to get the liberals in the diocese to give him support. He needs to hide his face and close his mouth for all the abuse he hid and the horrendous cost he placed on his flock at the time. He should be ashamed to say anything

  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Aug. 29, 2017 8:09 PM ET USA

    It also sends a message to law enforcement officers that, if they do the job of enforcing the law, they were hired to do, they will need to have less fear that a Justice Department gone wild, under a far left radical Alinsky-ite president, who himself has no respect for the law, relying instead on his pen and cell phone, will jail or punish them for doing their job. I had to check to make sure, but my joy was complete when I saw that Cardinal Mahony was indeed retired and irrelevant now!

  • Posted by: Retired01 - Aug. 29, 2017 7:34 PM ET USA

    Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

  • Posted by: pja - Aug. 29, 2017 5:55 PM ET USA

    I wish Cardinal Emeritus Mahoney had been more "disgusted" with the serial abusers he hid in out of state treatment facilities so as to shield his diocese and himself from criminal charges. Sheriff Joe was convicted and pardoned of misdemeanors, not felonies. The good cardinal should perhaps remove the plank from his eye.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Aug. 29, 2017 12:58 PM ET USA

    Yet the good cardinal said nothing about Obama's pardoning of convicted terrorists who have gone on to continue being, well, terrorists. And while on the subject of "disgust" have a reminder of Archbishop Gomez' ruling: "Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties," Gomez said in a letter Thursday. He cited Mahony's alleged failures to protect young people from sexually abusive priests -- documented in court filings..."