Catholic Church documents show that former LA Carindal Roger Mahony – now retired, but still an archbishop emeritus in the Catholic church –shielded and protected child-rapist priests. Rather than focus on helping those who suffered from years of abuse in the Los Angeles archdiocese, the narcissistic Catholic Cardinal is again making it all about him in a new blog post claiming that he’s being scapegoated, just like Jesus on the cross.
Last week, Mahony caused a stir by asking God to “forgive” his accusers, who by implication have done Mahony wrong.
This week, Mahony is comparing himself to Jesus on the cross. I’m hardly the authority on Christianity, but I’m pretty sure that Jesus never shielded and protected child-rapist pritests.
Cardinal Mahony’s blog post last week:
To be honest with you, I have not reached the point where I can actually pray for more humiliation. I’m only at the stage of asking for the grace to endure the level of humiliation at the moment.
In the past several days, I have experienced many examples of being humiliated. In recent days, I have been confronted in various places by very unhappy people. I could understand the depth of their anger and outrage–at me, at the Church, at about injustices that swirl around us.
Thanks to God’s special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them.
This week, Mahony changes course and goes full victim in yet another blog post:
He calls our suffering what it really is: painful and public humiliation, which is spiritually a grace-opportunity. I have tried to live out–poorly and inadequately far too often–his two implications of humiliation:
1. the acceptance of being scapegoated, pointing out the necessary connection between humiliation and redemption;
2. this scandal is putting us, the clergy and the church, where we belong–with the excluded ones; Jesus was painted with the same brush as the two thieves crucified with him.
Just like Jesus who church documents show oversaw the shuffling of priests and coverup of child rapists. Yes, Mahony and Jesus were both victims of people being upset over their role in protecting adults who raped children. Needless to say, people are even more upset now then they were before.
What’s especially troubling is that Mahony will soon by heading to Rome to participate in the vote for a new Pope of the Catholic church.
For a group that likes to pretend they hold the moral high ground, it’s odd to see such an enabler involved in the future of the church. But perhaps not surprising.