Controversy over Cardinal Mahony’s conclave vote reaches Vatican

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Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles stands outside St. Joseph's Church in New York following an ecumenical prayer service presided over by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. Photo by Gregory A. Shemitz

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles stands outside St. Joseph's Church in New York following an ecumenical prayer service presided over by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. Photo by Gregory A. Shemitz

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The controversy over Cardinal Roger Mahony's vote in the conclave that will elect a new pope has now reached the Vatican, with at least one cardinal musing aloud that the former archbishop of Los Angeles should consider staying home.

  • Wow.So Mahony feels he has been both”misunderstood AND falsely accused”-Wow. What I find incredulous is the level of denial exhibited by this man.Plus,according to De Paolis,”only someone of great authority…could advise Mahony not to attend”…well,duh! That’s your cue,Benedict!! Since you’re still in charge,why don’t you simply order Mahony to stay home? I’ve asked this question before,and I’ll ask it again: What exactly does the Pope do? Are you the head of the Roman Catholic Church,or not?? You Catholics are in such chaotic disarray,it would be hilarious if it wasn’t just sadly pathetic.

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  • Daniel Hoffman

    While my Church and I moved in opposite directions (I now consider myself a secularist.), I still care about its future. As one who has never renounced the spirit of Matthew 25, I have mixed feelings about Cardinal Mahony. Of course I share the anger at him for his handling of sexual abuse. However, his commitment to the Social Gospel is not shared by Cardinal Ratzinger and most of John Paul II’s appointees as Cardinals.

    The Catholic Church, its window dressing rhetoric aside, has climbed into an unholy marriage of convenience with the Religious Right. This gave birth to President Bush, the House Republican majority, and enough Senators to block progressive initiatives in the Senate. Priests practically told their parishioners they would burn in hell for voting Democratic. The Gospel of Wealth, Joel Olsteen style, has combined with the revised Divine Right of Kings–kings being replaced with Berlusconis and D’Aubussons, Scalias,

    Do you really want one less progressive in the Conclave, flawed as he is, which would weaken the already scant opposition to the excesses of the plutocrats?

  • John Punlic

    Isn’t it completely ironic that Bishop Gomez removes Cardinal Mahony of all administrative and public duties for protecting pedophile priests, yet Cardinal Mahony not only is allowed to vote for the new pope as “bishop in good standing,” but actual intends to do so. Bishop Gomez’ attempt to shove everything under the rug once again by “relieving” Mahony of any duties is a joke, and everyone knows it. Any vote Mahony casts for the new pope hardly lends any credibility to the moral authority of the new pope.

  • John Hinshaw

    What a surprise: left to his own “conscience”, Mahoney continues to be unable to do the right thing. I notice that since his being removed from “public duties” (that he was not fit for) – he is more ubiquitous than ever. Walking out of the scandal with his big humility.

  • Jacob

    Your life seems like its in chaotic disarray and you’re taking out your bitterness on the Church.

  • Jacob

    As a Catholic, I think secularists are committing population suicide, inspired by their worthless culture of death.

    The Church has always faced difficulties, but it makes up a larger percentage of humanity than at any other time in history and it has a better track record than any other religion and especially better than godless secularism!

  • Joseph

    Interesting that he supposedly has been removed from all administrative and public duties, yet is still scheduled to be confirming the children in Los Angeles this Easter season. Sounds like the Church is saying one thing to the news, but as always, doing what they want.

  • bewilderbeast

    If one’s life was NOT “in disarray” one would be able to stand by and idly watch grown men abuse and rape kids? Is that right?

  • bewilderbeast

    Someone raped your child, but he DID give a dollar to a homeless man once, so you’re in two minds whether you should report him to the police???

  • bewilderbeast

    It’s not just “sadly pathetic”. It’s wicked and cruel and criminal. Why do so few people share my OUTRAGE that children are being abused and silenced by threats of eternal damnation? And the few incidents we DO hear about, nothing much happens to the perps: They are “retired” or “disciplined” or “relieved of duties”. They should be JAILED!

  • Kay Mosher

    about 15 years ago I went on tour of LA cathedral. In the gift shop there was a special label wine for sale. If you wanted one with Roger Mahoney’s autograph, it was $10 more. That spoke volumes to me.

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