Fight to bar tainted LA cardinal from conclave


In this Sept. 22, 2007, file photo, Cardinal Roger Mahony speaks during an annual multi-ethnic migration Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. An association of US Catholics has launched a petition to keep the retired Los Angeles cardinal mired in a pedophilia scandal from taking part in the conclave that will choose the next pope. AP/REED SAXON

WASHINGTON—An association of US Catholics has launched a petition to keep a retired Los Angeles cardinal mired in a pedophilia scandal from taking part in the conclave that will choose the next pope.

The group, Catholics United, is targeting Roger Mahony, who last month was relieved of all church administrative and public duties for mishandling abuse claims against dozens of priests, dating back to the 1980s.

“Cardinal Mahony: Stay Home,” the online petition reads.

“Your further implication in the church sex abuse scandal and being barred from public ministry in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles should be an indication to you that you should not attend the next Papal Conclave.”

Mahony was stripped of his duties by his successor, Archbishop Jose Gomez, who took over for him in 2011.

“If a Cardinal is stripped of public ministry in his diocese, why should he be rewarded with being allowed to vote for the next pope?” the group asked.

“Cardinal Mahony would further increase the scandal and shame in our Church by attending the Papal Conclave.”

According to Catholics United, Gomez is in favor of Mahony’s attending the conclave that will choose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned unexpectedly last week.

Mahony, who is now 76, took part in the vote that chose Joseph Ratzinger as pontiff in 2005. He took the name Benedict XVI.

And Mahony is theoretically still a member of the conclave made up of 117 cardinals aged under 80 who will meet behind closed doors in the Sistine Chapel until a new pope is chosen.

This month the Los Angeles archdiocese released files on over 100 clerics accused of sex abuse, as required under a 2007 lawsuit deal, after records were published showing Mahony discussing how to cover up alleged crimes.

In 2007 the archdiocese, then run by Mahony, reached a $660 million settlement with about 500 alleged victims. Under the deal, the archdiocese agreed to release the personnel files of clergy accused of abuse.

Records published by the Los Angeles Times on January 22 showed church leaders including Mahony discussing how to cover up priests’ alleged crimes in California in the 1980s.

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  • Estee Muri

    I believe  that the Cardinal  should not attend  and should NOT be there  voting for the next POPE. To cover up abuses by the priest  molesting the  innocent ALTAR BOYS  is adding insult to the injury. He should  just stay  in the USA and  face the consequences  of  being  the protector of  those Homosexual Priests.

  • boypalaban

    gaya niyan ang pampasira na nadadamay ang ibang matitino…

  • $37644997

    Why can’t they lock him up in jail for good?just like any other criminal.
    A person who knows how to cover up any crime on behalf of his collegues is also considered a criminal.

    • Manuel

      In criminal law, they are called accessories, and their penalty is two degrees lower than those of the principals by direct participation or inducement.

  • Horst Manure

    99% of the homo priest’s give the rest a bad name.

    • Gandalf

      …and the 1% homo priests don’t?

    • Dave

      There used to be a gay bar across where I live (N Domingo). We have a neighboring condominium unit where one of the residents had a high schooler son who one night was accosted and harassed by one of the gay patrons of the club. The incident was reported to the police and City Hall. It turns out that the joint was illegal and moreover had unusual activities going on (I spare you the details). Gays should behave. They should avoid places and functions (like the priesthood) where they are nearer to temptation. In the case of the priests, they should accept straight men only. It is sad that in the US, the gays are not stopped from entering the priesthood and the Boys Scouts.

      • brunogiordano


      • taga_ilog

        no one should be stopped from entering some institutions one the grounds of sexual orientation, that sir is pure bigotry.

      • diamond_digger

         That’s a good point for discussion, Taga_ilog. Bigotry may not harm anybody but pedophilia and perversion victimizing mostly the young ones, is a more serious thing and in fact is a crime. If you have a young daughter  and son sexually abused by any man of the cloth, I am very certain you will be singing a different tune. Right?

  • Crazy_horse101010

    in america 2 bishops were arrested for covering up sex crimes by priests. one said he reported the problems to his cardinal but was ignored. the bishop went to prison . the cardinal went to the vatican before being questioned

    • Dave

      It is called “command responsibility”. The real head of the diocese is the bishop. The Cardinal to whom he reported it to is bishop of another diocese. He doesn’t have jurisdiction over the former’s diocese. Cardinals are as such when it comes to electing a new pope. The former bishop should have suspended the priest and encouraged the victims to file a case to jail the criminal and then finally files a report to the Nuncio. If you have other questions on Canon Law and ecclesiastical litigation, just email me. 

      • Crazy_horse101010

        i know but he was quick to blame the cardinal.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        the  bishop involved was robert finn of kansas and the cardinal i believe was justin rigali who approved of him . i dont remember asking any questions about canon law not interested sorry

    • diamond_digger

       If only Roger Mahony has the decency supposedly expected of a man of the cloth, he should have step aside and stay away from the limelight if only to allow the controversy he has enmesh himself in would subside and or die down. Unfortunately, he is doing the contrary and obviously relish being in the limelight. This characteristic he is displaying is one of the traits of people who has a problem with their sexuality. I am now inclined to think that he is one of those priests whose perversions he is trying to cover up and hide.

  • Abdul Rashid

    You still don’t get it Catholics. Mahony has to go. At the conclave they perform orgy rituals with young boys and offer them to Satan. The Vatican is a Satanic domain. Don’t you get it? The lightning that struck St, Peter square was Satan falling from the sky and now he will soon rule the world. But only for awhile, then the kingdom of Jesus Christ will be established. This is what we have to pray for. Lord Jesus reign, thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven?

    • adamar

      you must be a born again christian

    • Roy Batty

      Really, then you should also ask yourself why your fellow Alehu Snackbar! are killing each others all over the world.

      There’s something really wrong with the world today. I think the world would be a much better place minus all religion.

      By the way, I don’t even think you’re a Muslim yourself. True Muslims just don’t use one of the Prophet Issa’s name in vain.

      • joshua kings

        the worst could be much more worst if there were no Christian religions, kabayan…

      • Roy Batty

        I don’t know bout you but reading up world’s history I realized it’s all bout Christian killing each others too.

  • brunogiordano

    “Fight to bar tainted LA cardinal from conclave”

    Member ng VATICAN MAFIA.

    Hindi puwedeng ipuera.

  • nakawan

    it’s hilarious how priests can’t be arrested due to global jurisdiction of the holy see

  • marionics

    it’s really funny how the favorite counter arguments of one side is that the opposing side is either a born again or an inc who pays 10%. talk about non sequitur


    HUH?  Paanong nangyari o mangyaayri yan, e, “prince” of the church itataboy?  Naman…..  Ano na lang ang sasabihin ni lord nya?  ‘Di ba sa turo nila, e, pantay-pantay tayong lahat, in sickness or in health, for richer or poorer, for better or worse, till death do us part, esp in matrimony or marriage with the lord?  Resignation, tapos naman ngayon Expulsion!  Bakit tila nagkakagulo ‘ata sa magulo ng kaharian ni Pedro?  Sana naman, magbati-bati na silang lahat!  :)

  • Diepor

    Just let him go to play with his friends.

  • joshua kings

    he is a cardinal so he should attend the conclave…
    cardinal mahoney was only relieved of his administrative duties in the archdiocese of los angeles..
    even bishop gomez says that he (mahoney) may attend the conclave..
    let’s not be judgmental here but instead be more kind and understanding…
    besides, the cardinal has suffered so much in these scandals which happened several decades ago, and for which he had apologized for not only once, admitting his mistakes in the way he handled those cases because there were no policies and guidelines then..hence, wouldn’t have known then how to deal with them….but he had okayed the payment of almost a billion dollars in retributions.
    he was not the accused nor a pedophile or sex predator….

    • panhase

       The cardinal suffered so much? As I see it the victims suffered.
      There were no policies or guidelines then? How about common sense and decency?
      What he did was hiding the culprits, enabling them to go on with their dirty deeds.
      The settlement? He agreed only because he didn´t have a choice.

  • ADD

    “In 2007 the archdiocese, then run by Mahony, reached a $660 million
    settlement with about 500 alleged victims. Under the deal, the
    archdiocese agreed to release the personnel files of clergy accused of

    $660 million settlement with about 500 alleged victims – ang daming pera at ang daming biktima. Tsk,tsk,tsk, Mafia in robes, and the prophecies are being fulfilled.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


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