This is my first blog of the new year because of other deadlines as well as the start of the winter quarter at UC Santa Barbara, where I teach Chicano studies, and this is always a hectic time. I thought my first entry this year would be on the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, and I have to say that I was very moved by his inspiring speech aimed at bringing about needed reforms on immigration, gun control, the environment, and dealing with the growing gap between the rich and middle classes and the poor.
LA abuse cases
Fr. Jim Connell sent an open email asking for Mahony's spot to be given to a range of experts as well as those directly affected by the scandal.
A few years ago, an official of the Los Angeles archdiocese pulls me over for a private conversation. This attack on the church for "child sex abuse" is inaccurate, he asserts. The vast majority of victims are in their late teens; they are "youths," he notes, not really "children." I am stunned for a moment, then advise him this is not an argument he might ever want to make to the general public. The official nods slowly.
A letter from Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez was read across the archdiocese over the weekend, and a mixture of emotions was evident.
Robert Royal looks at the situation in Los Angeles and Cardinal Mahony's weak rebuttal to Archbishop Gomez's letter. It is splendid and you should read it in its entirety.
We say: The rebuke of L.A. Cardinal Mahony and release of documents are a moral victory -- an imperfect victory, but a victory nonetheless.
NCR Today: Cardinal Roger Mahony issued a rare public response to his successor's condemnation, saying no questions were raised about the archdiocese's policies.
Attorney Tony DeMarco says while some changes are being made in Los Angeles, the archbishop bowed to public pressure in disciplining Cardinal Roger Mahony.
John L. Allen Jr.: The Vatican does not plan to comment on Cardinal Mahony's ban, but said the ban only affects Mahony's responsibilities in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez issued a letter regarding the release of files of priests who "sexually abused children while they were serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles."
In the letter, which you can read below, Gomez writes that he has barred retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, who was archbishop of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011 and has been a cardinal since 1991, from future activities with the archdiocese.
The Vatican is not planning on issuing a statement on the move, reports John L. Allen Jr.