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Cardinal Mahony's deal with the devil

Even now, after the coverups and evil deeds are exposed, Cardinal Roger Mahony spins and spins in full PR mode. At what cost does he save his own skin?

February 02, 2013|Steve Lopez

The more you know about what went on, the more you must demand to know how Mahony could have gotten away with it for so long.

Of course, Mahony is a powerful man with powerful allies in a very insular community. He was able to hire connected, influential lawyers who resisted every media attempt to expose the truth. A retired judge served on Mahony's toothless sexual abuse advisory board, which had no real purpose other than to make it look like Mahony was doing something.

I'm tired of hearing former L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley say he tried to expose the scandal and prosecute perpetrators and their supervisors but was hamstrung by statutes of limitations, which had lapsed in many of the cases.

Nonsense. Cooley needed more courage and less caution. Regardless of whether he could have proved conspiracy or any other crimes against top officials, Cooley should have found a way to use a grand jury to get hold of the records that now, upon their release, are so utterly damning.

But maybe Mahony has been brought low enough by this enduring stain on his legacy. Trying to save his own skin was a deal with the devil, and for that, there's hell to pay.

steve.lopez@latimes.com

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