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April 18, 2007
Saturday's front page of The Times announced that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's "influence is dwindling in L.A." Wow. Maybe, just maybe, there is a God. TOM HALL Santa Ana
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March 8, 2013
Re "Mahony defends action on abuse," March 6 Many religions promulgate beliefs that strain credulity. The Roman Catholic Church, however, has recently raised the bar to unbelievable heights. Accept that a merciful God would bar use of contraceptives by families whose natural fecundity condemns them to lives of crushing poverty. Deny that priests constrained by a vow of celibacy might be inclined to sexual misconduct. Deny that the church's hierarchy might not act swiftly and resolutely to protect future victims of pedophile priests.
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OPINION
March 19, 2008
Re "Brewer apologizes in sex case," March 14 Both Los Angeles schools Supt. David L. Brewer and Cardinal Roger M. Mahony have failed the children. Mahony repeatedly transferred priests accused of improper behavior with Catholic schoolchildren from one school to another. Now Brewer is doing it. The next step is for Brewer to meet with the archdiocesan lawyers to get some tips on what to do next. Andrew Ko Pasadena
OPINION
March 1, 2013
Re “ Mahony's high-tech pulpit ,” Feb. 27 It's really hard to understand why Catholics would accept any pope elected with the help of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's vote. Here is a man who was in charge of channeling the Holy Spirit when he handled the sex abuse cases in the L.A. archdiocese. In insisting on attending the papal conclave, isn't Mahony claiming the ability to discern the Holy Spirit's intentions for the next successor to St. Peter? That's unbelievable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1996
I read with interest your article on the statements of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony at Loyola Law School (March 3). I can further say that many Democrats have not left their party, but that the party left them. This is the party for which my father was national committeeman from California for 16 years. The cardinal's criticisms of the political parties were well put as to abortion and euthanasia and right about housing the poor. We must all take a stand on what is morally right and not just what is politically advantageous at election time to those running for public office.
OPINION
March 8, 2013
Re "Mahony defends action on abuse," March 6 Many religions promulgate beliefs that strain credulity. The Roman Catholic Church, however, has recently raised the bar to unbelievable heights. Accept that a merciful God would bar use of contraceptives by families whose natural fecundity condemns them to lives of crushing poverty. Deny that priests constrained by a vow of celibacy might be inclined to sexual misconduct. Deny that the church's hierarchy might not act swiftly and resolutely to protect future victims of pedophile priests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1998 | From a Times staff writer
While supporters of Councilman Richard Alarcon and former Assemblyman Richard Katz continued to exchange accusations over campaign tactics in the San Fernando Valley's state Senate race, another controversy was still unresolved Monday. On election day, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony castigated Alarcon for sending out a campaign mailer that featured a photo of Mahony administering Holy Communion to Alarcon in church. Mahony said the mailer incorrectly implied that he endorsed Alarcon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1992
I once more found myself startled at the offensive arrogance of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony ("Mahony, KCET Make Peace, Disagree Anew," Dec. 2). Yet again, he feels it necessary to instruct the general populace on what it can and cannot view. His protestations to "Stop the Church" are utterly witless and unsound. What gives one human the right to decide for millions that an aberrant, insightful documentary may be a form of encouragement to all the "hate-mongers" in the world? I would like to believe that I exist in a society where I may form my own opinions on what I see and hear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1992
As a Catholic, I enjoyed the two-part series (June 14-15) on Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, paying tribute as it did to his administrative skills, personal prayer life, fondness for his cat and mountain cabin, etc. But I wonder why it didn't occur to the cardinal to mention what plans he has, at the parish level, of reintroducing Christianity into the archdiocese. For the Sacraments apart, a visit to the average parish church can all too often be a form of penance, revealing a wholesale surrender to third-rate pop psychology, superstitious enthusiasm for guided tours to non-authenticated places of Marian apparition and "charismatic" services that are both aesthetic and intellectual disasters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1998
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony left for Miami on Friday morning, where he will meet with pilgrims before heading to Cuba to attend Pope John Paul II's Mass on Sunday in Havana's Plaza de Revolucion. Although he had initially planned to spend several days in Cuba, Mahony now expects to stay on the island for about 12 hours before returning to Miami, said Los Angeles Archdiocese spokesman Father Gregory Coiro.
WORLD
February 25, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- Britain's most senior Catholic cleric resigned his position Monday, 24 hours after allegations against him by four priests of “inappropriate behavior” dating back 30 years were published in a national newspaper. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the Catholic primate of Scotland, contested the allegations and is reported to be seeking legal advice, but in a surprise move said he would be stepping down immediately as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. He also said he would not participate in the election of the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Elevated to cardinal in 2003, O'Brien would have been Britain's only representative at the conclave next month that will elect the next pope, following Benedict's resignation.
OPINION
February 19, 2013
Re "Stymied by Vatican," Feb. 16 Pointing the finger at the Vatican for responding too slowly to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's reports on priest misconduct in the 1990s and early 2000s diverts attention from the former archbishop's failure to report pedophile priests to civil authorities for prosecution. The issue is Mahony's handling of pedophile priests in the 1980s - when he covered up for them, failed to report them to law enforcement and allowed them to continue ministering to the congregation - not the slow Vatican response or how effective the cardinal's priest abuse reforms were in the 2000s.
OPINION
February 6, 2013
Re "Trying to make sense of it all," Feb. 4 The article quotes Msgr. Robert J. Gallagher as telling his parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood on Sunday that "young people whose lives were ruined … need a sense that they are being invited back into God's grace. " This strikes me as an astonishingly cruel and insensitive statement - thoughtless, really. Are the targets of the Roman Catholic Church's predators to understand that they've been separated from God by being victims of crimes and that they are now, somehow, eligible to embark on a journey of redemption?
OPINION
February 3, 2013
Re "Mahony relieved of duties," Feb. 1 Let me see if I've got this right. On April 6, 2010, Jose Gomez became the coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles. Until last week, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles did everything it could to prevent full access to its records of child abuse. After years, the church exhausted all legal procedures and released the records. On Thursday, Gomez stripped his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, of his public duties and issued a public apology.
OPINION
February 3, 2013
Not only did the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles fail to protect children from pedophile priests, but its leaders, including Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, subsequently sought to protect its reputation by covering up cases of sexual abuse and shielding priests from the arrest and prosecution they deserved. The archdiocese then spent more than a decade fighting to keep that coverup from being revealed in court. What is most horrible about the facts in the paragraph above is that they come as a surprise to almost no one. The archdiocese's malfeasance has been alleged for a long time, but only now is the full scope of its culpability in the sex abuse scandal being confirmed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Hailey Branson-Potts and Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Msgr. Robert J. Gallagher stood before parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Sunday, searching for the right words to reassure them after a tumultuous week that saw the release of previously secret personnel files on priests who molested children, the public rebuke of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and the resignation of a Santa Barbara bishop. "Everybody has to face sin and God's grace in their own life," Gallagher told members of the North Hollywood parish that Mahony has called home since he retired two years ago. "And we do it as a community when we try to bring things into the light.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
An attorney for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Thursday denied a claim that he attended a 1986 meeting at which a priest told Cardinal Roger M. Mahony that he had sexually abused minors. The attorney, John P. McNicholas, said in a letter faxed to The Times that he has never met the former priest, Michael Stephen Baker, and never been in the same room with him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2013 | By Mitchell Landsberg and Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Responding to a public rebuke by his successor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony insisted that he tried his best to deal with the priest molestation scandal but fell short because not enough was known about the problem early in his career. In an extraordinary open letter to Archbishop Jose Gomez, Mahony insisted Friday that he ultimately instituted state-of-the-art protections against child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He seemed to suggest that Gomez had acted unfairly by publicly announcing that he was stripping the cardinal of any public role in the local church.
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