Cardinal Mahony's Legacy: Defined by Scandal?
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Yesterday was the first Sunday mass for local Catholics since retired Cardinal Mahony was reprimanded and relieved of "public duties" by his successor, Archbishop José Gomez. Gomez called child abuse by priests "evil" and said covering up showed a "terrible failure." Will Mahony's good works — and his political and social impact — survive his public humiliation? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the New York Times is just one of the major American news agencies reportedly being hacked from China. How does that happen? Who does it put at risk? Does the US have the moral authority to take any action? Also, when the lights went off at the Super Bowl, where was CBS News?
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Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony has apologized for decades of protecting child abusers from criminal law. But Archbishop José Gomez has relieved him of "public duties" anyway. Mahony says that, once he understood the magnitude of the crimes he was covering up he instituted a system of child protection. The recent release of tens of thousands of unedited documents — and the Archbishop's action — have raised questions about Mahony's legacy as the long-time leader of the largest Catholic Archdiocese in America. We hear from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez, who went to St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Pasadena yesterday and spoke with parishioners after the 8am mass, from reporters following the story and an attorney for some of the victims.
- Tim Rutten: Los Angeles Daily News
- Irwin Zalkin: Zalkin Law Firm, @Irwin_Zalkin
- Dennis Coday: National Catholic Reporter, @dcoday
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