Cardinal Mahony says that if the bishops conference doesn’t talk about diocesan abuse audits in June, he and his buddies are staying home.
Mahony warned that he and other California bishops would not attend a national meeting in June unless bishops took up the issue at that time, Burke said. Mahony was in Rome on Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. An aide in Los Angeles said staff would have to check with Mahony before commenting.
My first reaction is to say, “Great!” Now how can we get them to stay home for every conference meeting? But then I realize that the June meeting was supposed to be almost purely a spiritual retreat without regular business (i.e. meddling and tinkering with the faith, ad nauseum), and so I think maybe Mahony’s trying to find an excuse not to go.
Seriously, I think the real motivation is public relations. Which bishop was it that Frank Keating accused of being a mafiosi? Mahony. He’s the king of obstruction and obfuscation, yet here he can look like he’s standing on principle against that very thing. Sorry, Your Eminence, we’re not buying it.