I have tremendous respect for Father Greg Boyle, who has done so much to rehabilitate gang members. So it was with great dismay that I read his quote saying that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's legacy shouldn't be defined by the sex abuse scandal.
Mahony, the former archbishop of Los Angeles, knew the kind of devotion and reverence that the immigrant community gives to the church, and he knew how helpless many of the undocumented feel in the face of any abuse. Mahony protected known pedophiles and helped them find new jobs, yet he did not guarantee justice for his priests' victims. Mahony failed the most vulnerable, and he deserves to be held to the same legal standard as anyone else.
Boyle asks, "Who knows about legacies?" I know this much: Protecting pedophiles over children is not a legacy to be proud of.