Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, has no shame.
He concealed child molestations by priests from law enforcement. Then he borrowed money, without disclosing his act, from the hundreds of thousands of people who had paid for the care and maintenance of their plots in local Catholic cemeteries. He essentially lied about where he got the money to help pay settlements to sex-abuse victims, saying it was from selling certain church assets.
And now, he is happily flying to Rome to elect a new pope. Shame on Mahony.
Nick Nell Jr.
Some perspective on Mahony is needed.
He promoted women to top leadership positions in the archdiocese. He is a leading advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. He brought together diverse religious communities in L.A. He encouraged full participation in all parishes for Sunday Mass. He has been in the forefront of the labor movement, walking with striking janitors. And yes, he put in place very strong guidelines on the protection of children.