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Cardinal Mahony used cemetery
money to pay sex abuse settlement

Los Angeles Times, by Harriet Ryan

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Posted By:earlybird, 2/10/2013 11:34:48 AM

Pressed to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars to settle clergy sex abuse lawsuits, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony turned to one group of Catholics whose faith could not be shaken: the dead. Under his leadership in 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles quietly appropriated $115 million from a cemetery maintenance fund and used it to help pay a landmark settlement with molestation victims. (Snip)Families of those buried in church-owned cemeteries and interred in its mausoleums have contributed to a dedicated account for the perpetual care of graves, crypts and grounds since the 1890s.

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He "quietly" took 88% of this fund. His actions are indefensible, first perpetuating the abuse, then taking money held in trust to pay off the abused.

In the meantime he was building the hugely costly cathedral that was to be a monument to him.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 2/10/2013 11:50:18 AM     (No. 9168667)

Right. This is the same corrupt cardinal who spews anti-American crud at every opportunity, giving sanctuary to all manner of illegality... aliens among them.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mythman, 2/10/2013 12:00:27 PM     (No. 9168686)

There go any future donations parishioners would otherwise have made at Mass. Nobody in his right mind would give money to the Church now.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 2/10/2013 12:08:45 PM     (No. 9168709)

For decades, orthodox Catholics were trying to expose Mahony for what he was: a rabidly liberal prelate who was in bed with Hollywood and was promoting manyt leftist agendas, especially through "Catholic education". We got nowhere.
Glad to see the karma swinging its way around the bend.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: kate318, 2/10/2013 12:15:06 PM     (No. 9168722)

#2, I am in my right mind and I will continue to contribute to the Catholic Church. As a critically thinking person, I can differentiate between the immoral behavior of a few that happened many years ago--devastating, nonetheless--and the overall intention and history of the institution. While she is not perfect, the Catholic Church has done an immense amount of good in the world, and will continue to do so. Pedophiles and their enablers can be found in all walks of life. Late in the game to be sure, but the Church has finally begun to struggle with this issue and its response to it. That´s more than I can say about a lot of other institutions.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LittleRedHen1, 2/10/2013 12:27:02 PM     (No. 9168742)

For those who remember the Baltimore Catechism:
The matter is seriously wrong,
The sinner knows it is seriously wrong,
The sinner gives full consent (cannot transfer that much money for which he had a fiduciary duty without knowing what he was doing).

For those who do not believe in Purgatory, look at Psalm 99 which speaks of a God who forgives yet punishes all offenses.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: philly_patriot, 2/10/2013 1:26:43 PM     (No. 9168822)

He should be defrocked and in jail.

He enable continued child abuse .......... protected the offenders .......... stole from the faithful and deceased ........... with impunity.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tired, 2/10/2013 1:30:18 PM     (No. 9168826)

The good cardinal must have learned fiscal manipulation at the feet of both houses of the U.S. Congress, you know, like Social Security funds. I am sure he feels remorse for his deeds, wink wink, but probably only remorse for being caught. He should be stripped of his red cape and hat and reduced to janitoring at the poorest of churches in his diocese.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mythman, 2/10/2013 1:33:17 PM     (No. 9168832)

#4, 10 years ago my devout sister told me that in her parish, St. Mary´s of Foxboro MA -diocese Boston - that people in her parish, motivated "right-thinking" Catholic couples, were "visiting" older parishioners in their homes and pressuring them to sign contracts to agree to donate hundreds of dollars - or as much as they could squeeze -per month to the Diocese. This was during the time Bernard Cardinal Law was in the news for the molestation scandals and the Church was paying out big money.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mythman, 2/10/2013 1:42:19 PM     (No. 9168855)

#4, to clarify, I was not talking in either of my 2 posts above about "the immoral behavior of a few that happened many years ago", I was talking about financial malfeasance on a massive scale against the Faithful by senior Catholic Church leaders now.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: usltn, 2/10/2013 5:21:34 PM     (No. 9169128)

#4,No your not in your right mind.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/10/2013 6:04:28 PM     (No. 9169191)

The funds were separate; they were prohibited from being used for anything else; the Cardinal chose to break that rule.

Shame on him.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: berthabutt, 2/10/2013 9:06:30 PM     (No. 9169374)

#4~save your keystrokes to defend anything about the Catholic Church with the saloon sharks in here: ldotters who quietly swim about tossing in their fair, high minded views on conservative issues till a drop of Catholicism can be smelled in the waters then race in to rip and gnaw away at all things Catholic with site´s apparent blessing. Salon be damned.

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