Commonweal asks, “Should the government be able to determine the proper relationship between a bishop and his flock?”
If that relationship involves sending them priests he knows are molesters, I say yes. The state’s job is to protect all–from their bishops if necessary. The wall of separation of church and state does not give the church immunity from state prosecution (as the Catholic church’s church/state theory has always wanted).
But as Lee notes, Mahony is slippery enough that he’ll probably wiggle out of this.
Some wonder whether the “honest services” law should apply. Commonweal says,
The “honest services” law was intended to help prosecutors combat sleazy politicians who couldn’t quite be reached with bribery and exortion statutes.
Does that apply to Roger?