LA fallout: Only the pope has authority to deal with accusations against a cardinal, but the local bishop is the undisputed head of his particular church.


While Gomez’s decision to strip Mahony of his administrative duties and reduce his public role was unprecedented in the American Roman Catholic Church, Mahony can still act as a priest, keep his rank as cardinal and remain on a critical Vatican panel that elects the next pope.

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  1. I think this was done because LA was the largest Diocese with the largest payout in the US for sexual Abuse. Frankly, I was surprised, a Cardinal was treated this poorly!

  2. That faint, very distant, barely audible, somewhat percussive sound? Must be the horses that were let out of the barn years ago.

    Somebody better shut the door!

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