Shocked in LA

The archbishop of Los Angeles is shocked–shocked!–that the government is looking into how he handled abusive priests. Lee Podles; Commonweal; Rocco.

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?

6 thoughts on “Shocked in LA

  1. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bishop.

    I actually would prefer criminal prosecution to civil liability for the sex abuse cases. At least that way, the money given by parishioners for maintenance and new projects and keeping churches open is still going there instead of paying off massive civil suits and sending the dioceses into bankruptcy. And, as we’re learning in criminal law, it puts actual moral blame on the bishops doing the cover-up…tort law (theoretically) just considers damage allocation.

  2. How close is Mahony to retirement? I agree he is slippery and may very well get away but then again Blagojevich may never have been impeached and convicted if it were not for the tapes, there must be some record that implicates him. Bring Patrick FitzGerald to the case is what I say, any man that stands up to Bloggo and Cheney has what it takes!

    • Oh, it no longer affects me directly or even indirectly. 🙂

      Not like when I was an employee of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I never met Roger. He was too busy flying around in his personal helicopter; even when I visited the chancery, the dogs, electrified barbed wire, moats, and eye-scan devices kept me from accessing his floor.

      I did meet Pat Ziemann, though. One of his illustrious progeny.

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