Signs line a wall in Rome welcoming Pope Frances. RNS photo by David Gibson

Pope Francis signals new course for the papacy

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ahead of his formal installation on Tuesday, Pope Francis is continuing to send clear signals that he intends to lead a papacy markedly different from his predecessor’s reign — and perhaps different from that of any other pope in modern times.

Have Gomez and Mahony made up?

The public spitting match between Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, must have been as uncomfortable as it was unusual. But there are signs that maybe there’s been a reconciliation of sorts, or at least some couples counseling for the sake of their spiritual children. Gomez publicly embarrassed Mahony last week with a reprimand after records were released (under court order) showing just how complicit Mahony, the longtime LA archbishop, had been in covering up for clergy abusers, thus allowing them to rape and molest other children. (Gomez also demoted one of the LA auxiliaries and longtime Mahony aide, Bishop Thomas Curry; there was little Gomez could to do actually punish Mahony, who is retired and still outranks Gomez.)

Mahony responded with a PR counterattack, and the Vatican essentially washed its hands of the whole matter. In his weekly column in the archdiocesan paper today (Feb.

Will Cardinal Mahony face any consequences?

On Monday, I revisited the question of whether the retired cardinal of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony, actually suffered any discipline in his dust-up with his successor over his dismal track record on the sexual abuse of children by clergy. Now Tom Roberts of the National Catholic Reporter highlights a follow-up that could be an important marker as to whether the alleged proscriptions against Mahony have any teeth — a priest in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has said that Mahony should be disinvited from a scheduled spring speech to the local priests and instead should be replaced with a conference on sex abuse:

Roberts writes:
Fr. Jim Connell, an advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse, sent an open email to Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki asking for the cardinal’s spot to be given to a range of experts as well as those directly affected by the scandal. Mahony, who was recently publicly rebuked for failing to protect children, is scheduled to give a speech titled “In Christ, There Is No East or West: Embracing Our Diversity and the Social Message of Jesus” during the May 6-8 Spring Assembly of Priests … …

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

Did anything really change for Cardinal Mahony?

(RNS) The quake that hit Los Angeles last week was an ecclesiastical one: Archbishop Jose Gomez publicly rebuked his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, and stripped him of his official duties. But on reflection, it’s not clear that Mahony was punished at all.

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

Retired Los Angeles cardinal punished over abuse revelations

(RNS) Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has been stripped of his official duties in an unusual public rebuke by his successor that followed the release of thousands of pages of internal church documents showing how Mahony and aides for years conspired to cover up the sexual abuse of children by clergy.