Mahony ordered to turn over files

Mahony ordered to turn over files

Yesterday the US Supreme Court rejected the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ request to keep the personnel files of two priests from the district attorney because they said the files contained information related to the seal of the confessional.

If Cardinal Roger Mahony hands those files over he will be exposed as cynical and manipulative, because if he really thought those files should be protected under the seal he would go to jail before violating that seal. Canon law requires no less. But if he turns them over, and it looks like he will, then we will see that Mahony simply used the seal of the confessional as a legal tactic to cover his butt.

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