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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:20 PM


‘Cardinal Mahony: STAY HOME!’ – Catholics UNITE To Keep CORRUPT CARDINALS From Casting Papal Vote

Have Catholics finally had enough?

Has the critical mass of scandal, pedophilia, lawlessness, sexism, and homophobia finally driven the honorable members of the flock to stand up against church leaders whose integrity has been irreparably corrupted?

Looks like it.

As the most recent Pope scurries off in abdication of his vaulted position (though remaining Vatican-bound for fear of prosecution should he leave), the 117-member College of Cardinals assigned the task of electing the next pope will gather in conclave in Rome next month to commence their sacred responsibility. And Catholics from around the world are rising in protest against the inclusion of certain corruption-tainted cardinals in this most respected of Catholic traditions.

In particular, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, Roger M. Mahony, has raised the hackles of many by his insistence in remaining involved in the conclave, despite his involvement in and cover-up of pedophile priests Peter Garcia, Michael Baker and others. In a stunning legal development last month, a cache of documents was released in compliance in a civil suit brought by victims against the now-deceased Father Garcia, who admitted to raping at least 20 children. Mahony was revealed to have not only been aware of the molestation, but went out of his way to protect Garcia from legal action, often at the expense of the victims. I wrote about it in a piece titled, Newly Released Letters Expose Decades Of Shocking Cover-Ups Of Child-Molesting Catholic Priests, inclusive of Mahony’s “too little, too late” written apology, and followed it with, UPDATE: LA Cardinal Roger Mahony Is Stripped Of Duties Following Abuse Revelations. Thought the response of the current Los Angeles Cardinal, Jose Gomez, was unusual as a public rebuke, the fact remains that it’s essentially punishment in name only; Mahony is still allowed to say Mass, distribute the Holy Communion…and participate in the conclave to elect a new pope.

That is, unless Catholics United have anything to do with it. From The Daily Beast:

…as the Vatican prepares for the pageantry of the occasion, survivors of the church’s sex scandals and everyday Catholics are raising concerns about whether it is appropriate for certain cardinals to be allowed to dictate the church’s future. “In our view, it’s very safe to assume that almost every one of the prelates who’ll pick the pope … have ignored, concealed, or enabled child sex crimes,” Zach Hiner, a spokesman for SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), tells The Daily Beast.

While many cardinals have been stained by the extensive clergy sex scandals, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles Roger M. Mahony has become a poster priest for the corrupt cardinals of this conclave. [… ]

Since Benedict’s resignation, a not-so-subtle storm has been brewing outside Vatican City calling for Mahony to stay in California. Signs have been posted (and quickly removed) along the perimeter walls of Saint Peter’s Square warning that cardinals, like Mahony, who have been embroiled in the sex-abuse scandals are coming to town. Even the ultraconservative Italian magazine Famiglia Cristiana, which is distributed for free in many Catholic churches each Sunday, has been weighing in on the topic. The influential magazine conducted an online survey among its faithful readers about whether Mahony should be allowed to participate in the election of the next pope (the overwhelming response was no). They then ran a damning op-ed piece called “Cardinal in Court” in which they called on Catholics to voice their opinions about the case.


This has led the group, Catholics United, to organize and post a petition called, bluntly, “Cardinal Mahony: Stay Home!” Their petition site asks the question:

If a Cardinal is stripped of public ministry in his diocese, why should he be rewarded with being allowed to vote for the next pope? Cardinal Mahony would further increase the scandal and shame in our Church by attending the Papal Conclave. Sign our petition today asking Cardinal Mahony to stay home during the Papal Conclave.




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