December 4, 2007
Cardinal Mahony assaulted because of clergy scandal
The LA Daily News reported today that shortly after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to a massive settlement with victims of pedophile priests that Cardinal Roger Mahony was beaten up outside Cathedral Our Lady of the Angels.
Mahony was telling the priests they all had a price to pay for the sexual abuses perpetrated by their brethren when he relayed the story of the assault as an example of the personal toll he’s endured, several priests said.
I believe that Cardinal Mahony is sincerely sorry for the behavior some of his parish priests exhibited before and after he took charge of the archdiocese in 1985. I can even accept that church officials thought sending pedophiles to therapy instead of reporting them to police was in the best interest of everyone. But, considering Mahony’s legacy, Father Joseph Shea’s intimation that he took the attack like a sacrificial lamb—“Like Jesus, we must offer our lives and even suffer for Christ, even for things we didn’t do”— is a bit sickening.
(Hat tip: Brent Hopkins)