How can Mahony still be a priest ‘in good standing’?


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LA Times columnist Steve Lopez asks a good question: “How can Mahony still be a priest ‘in good standing’?” Answer: A priest is in good standing if he follows the party, i.e., the RCC line, which is to say, if silently, “f***k you” to clerical sex abuse victims and “yes, Your Holiness” to the pope in all “important” things like no women priests, no homosexuality (except in the closet), no abortion, no remarriage after divorce, etc.,etc. [FJD].

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Steve Lopez: How can Mahony still be a priest ‘in good standing’?

February 1, 2013 | 11:25 am




Just when you think things can’t get much worse for Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, along comes a stunning rebuke from his successor, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez.


“I find these files to be brutal and painful reading,” Gomez said of the molestation files Mahony tried desperately to keep out of the hands of police, even as known pedophiles claimed more victims. “The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil.”

So far, so good. But in The Times story on the decision by Gomez to distance the Archdiocese from Mahony, church spokesman and Mahony loyalist Tod Tamberg said the cardinal’s life would be largely unchanged and that he would remain “a priest in good standing.”

Excuse me?

How could he still be in good standing?

[Updated at 12:11 p.m.: And why did it take until Thursday for the archdiocese to crack down on Mahony and announce that Santa Barbara Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry, Mahony’s go-to man in the 1980s on molestation, has stepped down? The church has known for years what Mahony and Curry’s roles were in the scandal, and Gomez has been at the helm since 2011.]

In the files released Thursday, Curry sent Mahony a 1988 memo about a priest accused of molesting 20 altar boys in nine months.

“The whole issue of our records is a very sensitive one, and I am reluctant to give any list to the police,” wrote Curry.

And Mahony responded:

“We cannot give such a list for no cause whatsoever.”

Certainly not. Why act in the interest of the victims, or in the interest of preventing more crimes?

I’ve sent a message to Tamberg asking him to explain how Mahony’s actions as head of the church could be so reprehensible that he’s shoved aside, yet he remains in good standing. I’ll let you know what he has to say, if anything.

With Mahony, even as more evidence of his misdeeds emerges, the chance of prosecution remains slim because of the lapsed statute of limitations.

You have to wonder, though, if there is a worse sentence for Mahony than to be kicked aside like this, his legacy tainted, his ambitions grounded, his good deeds forever in the dark shadows of his grotesque misdeeds.


    13 Responses to “How can Mahony still be a priest ‘in good standing’?”

  1. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    I’m not interested in psychological torture of Mahony as I am in viewing a photo of him in a prison cell for life…sleeping on a cot, a toilet next to his head, a fluffy grey blanket, a camera watching him 24/7, a few menial daily tasks, group therapy with other inmates, stuff like that. 1 condom per year…

  2. Michael Skiendzielewski Says:

    Steve Lopez:

    We have our own show going on here in Philadelphia. Sorry you’re not hear to cover this deceit, treachery, hubris, arrogance and amorality at Archdiocesan Headquarters. Best part of last week’s criminal convictions, it has bolstered the civil cases and now the civil action will be reaching further up the despicable leadership ladder. Cistone in Saginaw, Cullen, retired in Allentown……look out, can’t wait for them to face their civil depositions.

    Mahoney….stripped of his duties…………He should be “stripped of his clothes” and made to march down the streets of downtown LA.

    I think I covered everything.

  3. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    CULLEN: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/allentown/index.ssf/2011/09/edward_cullen_admits_to_lie_in.html

  4. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    Cistone called “Kingpin” – http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2012/08/saginaws_top_catholic_bishop_-.html

  5. Thomas Says:

    Investigate all of the dioceses….it happened in many. The innocent victims were discarded as menial and voiceless while the hierarchs opted to protect the institutional Church without compassion for those violated by one of their own. Get the truth out to all Catholics so that they can choose wisely their next course of action. They cannot support criminals and only they can cast those pompous hipocrites OUT!

  6. Deanna Leonti Says:

    How can he, why it’s the power of the Holy Spirit, or power of something, or one.

  7. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    The way I heard it is that if a bishop has to do Number One, then step aside. If he gots to do Number Two, well that’s another story.

    My mother always ordered me to step aside if a bishop has to do Number Two. She would smile and say that I did the right thing! My mom was very nice most of the time.

  8. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    the little sticky pony: http://www.stickboydaily.com/wtf/best-name-for-a-port-a-potty-company-ever/

  9. Frank Lostaunau Says:

    Look Stevie Wonder…mahony will never be a priest in good standing…you’re dealing with anti-social clergy who will naturally frame a fellow criminal in a good light. It has nothing to do with reality. Don’t forget, clergy jerks live it up in a make believe world just like ole Willy Wonka. It’s like a big gooey chocolate world and they all indulge.

    They play by their own rules and they’re unable to adapt to change. That’s why they love to adorn themselves in girly outfits embroidered with bees, flowers, all sorts of fancy curls. Yup, they are mostly sickies who live in the past. Eventually, they will die off and someday their will be stories told of a Catholic church that once existed and was led by a sissy creep they called ill papa.

  10. ClevelandGirl Says:

    Question I’m bumping up to here:

    Does the court fight to prevent releasing the documents constitute obstruction of justice in itself? Does it qualify as conspiracy? Can it be prosecuted because it was ongoing up to last week? Can this be used against Mahoney et al.?

    Or do court battles not count?

    Any lawyers to speak to this?

  11. Augusta Wynn Says:

    I wonder the same thing, Cleveland Girl. Why aren’t Mahony and Company being charged with obstruction of justice? Hiding criminals until they cannot be prosecuted has to be a crime in itself.. yes?


  12. ERW Says:

    Jose Gomez, the new man of Los Angeles, is a member of OPUS DEI , a cult as there ever has been one. Its founder–who was canonized in a rushed process–used to vilolently curse and mistreat some members whom he considered not obedient and holy enough. Similar organizations as Maciel’s Legionaires of Christ, and the Neo Chatemunenate, which the Japanese bishops aske to Vatican to suppress, get prefferred treatment from Rome. The Vatican refused, as such oppressive organizations tend to provide immense sums of money to the corrupted functionaries of the Vatican.

  13. Thomas Says:

    In Rome…money talks…and, it even speaks Spanish. In the past, saints had nothing more than the self to give to God and the Church….now—the more materialistic greed filled endowment spiked with cash—the better for fast track sainthood. Could $100 buy me anything in the Vatican today—can’t even use plastic anymore—even the world banks don’t trust the Vatican.

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