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Roger Mahony, Cardinal Tied To Sex Abuse, Urged To Skip Papal Vote

 

Roger Mahony(Reuters) – A U.S. Catholic group has launched an online petition to keep a cardinal linked to a sex abuse scandal from attending the Vatican conclave that will select a new pope.

Catholics United, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, says that former Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony should refrain from attending the papal conclave and recuse himself from voting. The petition launched last week had more than 5,000 signatures as of Tuesday representing a tiny fraction of the roughly one in four Americans who are Catholics.

“Please do not bring further scandal to our Church that has already been rocked by the sex abuse crisis by attending the Papal Conclave. You have been disciplined and you have lost your ability to have a voice within our Church,” said the petition from the Washington-based group.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez stripped Mahony, 76, of his duties last month over his handling of priest sex abuse cases. [more]

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16 Comments

  1. Katherine Bishop says:

    Ps, And it isn’t just American Bishops, Archbishop’s, and Cardinals who have been involved in this. Why aren’t we looking around the world at those in power who have taken advantage of the vulnerable? This is our chance as a Church to stand up, clean house and do penance before the whole world. Make a difference.

  2. Katherine Bishop says:

    I agree with Tony. Having worked for the chruch as a lay person for 28 years, I can say that I do not believe that there is a bishop, archbishop or cardinal since the 80′s who did not participate in this horrific part of our church history. Yes, they were working under advise, etc etc etc. but why are they still holding back? Cardinal Dolan just yesterday, for example. so worried about the Archdiocese of Milwaukee going bankrupt – why is the hierarchy singling out Cardinal Mahony and not Cardinal(s) Dolan, Law, McCarrick, George? They should all be held accountable.

  3. Robert Pazullo says:

    ROGER MAHONI, DEBE DE ESTAR EN LA CARCEL POR COMPLICE DE LOS MACIEL, DONDE ESTA LA LLAMADA SANTA SEDE EL VATICANO LOS PROTEGIO, JUAN Y JOSE RATZINGER, TAMBIEN DEBEN DE SER JUSGADOS POR COMPLICES

  4. Robert Pazullo says:

    MAHONY, COMPLICE DE DELINCUENTES, VIOLADORES, CRIMINALES, A LA CARCEL PROTEGIDO DEL VATICANO, CUANTOS NINOS VIOLO MARCIAL MACIEL, SOLAMENTE ESTE ASESINO Y LOS DEMAS, CUAL JUSTICIA DIVINA, QUIEN LE DEVUELVE A TODOS LOS NINOS VIOLADOS SI INOCENCIA, A LA CARCEL ROGER MAHONI, O VA ROMA A SEGUIR ENCUBRINEDO VIOLADODES. JUNTO CON JUAN Y JOSE, COMPLICES.

  5. Gina says:

    Roger Mahoney is in denial if he suggests that his actions were right and correct. He should read the Bible. He should be held accountable for allowing the perpetrators to go free while the victims spent years in anguish and suffering because of the transgressions against them. Time for Roger to pay penance.

  6. Christian says:

    WOW!!!! The Cardinal who is the hero and heirarch of Catholic Liberalism is under attack but Liberals? Who would have thunk it. I thought that he would have been celebrated by liberals for his compassion towards pediphile priests. They have compassion for gays, lesbians, transgender and bi-sexuals. Where’s the compassion for pediphile priests whom psychiatrists have told the Cardinal and Bishops that these priests could be cured and reassigned? Why don’t they have their licenses revolked and imprisoned? I am not defending priest pediphiles. They should not serve in the ministry and be imprisoned if need be. I’m merely showing the hypocracy of the liberal movement and how they decide what is right and what is wrong.

    • Carl says:

      Christian, you’re a bit confused. Catholic progressives aren’t mindless, after all. Everyone, even you, gets to think through therse questions of right and wrong.

    • Lapsed says:

      Christian, bad medical/psychiatric advice is grounds for a malpractice suit. However, that advice was irrelevant to the issue since the bishops were dealing with and covering up serious criminal allegations. Whether or not the priests could safely be reassigned after psychiatric treatment should not have even been considered until the allegations were investigated by the police.

    • Concerned says:

      Christian you are twisting quite a few things herer. Yes, for those who believe that the cover up is wrong and that the Bishops who participated should be removed it does not matter whether the Bishops are considered liberal or conservative – what they did was wrong and should be removed and should admit to their guilt. The same applies to Mahoney as does to Finn – so there is no hypocrisy there. Assigning thihs to the “liberal” movement actually demonstrates hypocrisy on your part – you are then saying that conservative don’t care that Bishops have disgraced the church y their participation in the sex abuse scandal. You are saying that conservatives think it is okay to cover up for those who abuse and allow them to pry on other unsuspecting children. What a shame – if that is the belief of the conservative movement as proposed by you.

  7. Catholic Lady says:

    To put the good of God’s Church above self interest would be a grand gesture.

    • Concerned says:

      Couldn’t agree more Catholic Lady and if the Bishops had acted on behalf of God’s Church their would not be the disgrace for the Church today. Glad you agree that the Bishops were serving themselves rather than God by covering up the abuse of children.

  8. Recovering Catholic says:

    It’s beyond audacity how Mahoney can be so arrogant as to show up for the papal conclave to vote. This would be like John Wayne Gacey showing up to vote for the new head of the Child Protection Bureau. Mahoney has not only directed and participated in the cover up of all the priest sexual abuse crimes, but has so far cost the church around $600,000,000 in legal fees and settlements with the victims and the victims’ families.

  9. Tony says:

    The bishops involved in the sex scandal ought to wear sack cloth and ashes, fast, pray, and do public penance and step down from church business. Including Bishop Finn. Cardinal Law and Mahoney.

 
 

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