The confidential personnel files of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles were released this year as part of civil lawsuit settlements. The L.A. Times says they portray Cardinal Roger Mahony as “a man who was troubled over abuse but more worried about scandal — and how it might derail the agenda he had for himself and his church.”
Mahony had the makings of a great man. But he simply could not confront the sin in his own church. Until forced to, much too late. Many lives were destroyed because of him. The church he sought to protect from just consequences was, ironically, severely wounded.
I believe in forgiveness. But I can’t get there with the man who lied on the stand for Oliver O’Grady and covered for others of his ilk.