Jewish Journal


February 16, 2010

Cardinal Mahony on way out; has anyone noticed?


I’m still seething about the LA Times’ latest story about Cardinal Roger Mahony. It’s not the substance of the story that bothers me—in fact, I’ll be glad to see him go—but the treatment from this town’s once-great paper.

See, I’m only mentioning the news to you now because it was buried inside the paper last Friday, not much more than a glorified brief with a photo, and it took me a few days to find it. And yet, it’s the biggest news in years to affect the region’s 4 million Catholics.

It’s difficult to give an abbreviated version of the Times’ story, but here goes: Mahony, 74, is fast approaching the age when the Vatican requires bishops to turn in their resignation. What makes this news—much, much BIGGER news than the Times’ treatment would suggest—is that many bishops are asked by the pope to continue their leadership roles, but it appears for Mahony there is no such luck.

Why? One can venture many guesses. Seriously, there are plenty of possibilities.

But, sadly, the Times doesn’t. In fact, they only reported on the fact that the Vatican had begun the search for Mahony’s replacement after it was reported on a popular Catholic blog and by the Associated Press.

The more I think about this, the sicker I feel.

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