FROM Dennis Coday
UK's Top Cardinal Stepping Down, Skipping Conclave Britain's Senior Catholic official has stepped down removing himself from the Conclave of Cardinals scheduled to pick the next Pope. Did the Vatican push out Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien because priests accused him of "inappropriate" sexual behavior? Dennis Coday, Editor of the National Catholic Reporter , joins us from Rome.
The Legacy of Cardinal Roger Mahony 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.
Mahony's Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal Gets a Rare Rebuke Last night the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles posted tens of thousands of documents involving the sexual abuse of children by 122 priests — without covering up any names. Archbishop José Gomez took unprecedented action against his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, barring him from any public ministry. Dennis Coday is Editor of the National Catholic Reporter , an independent news outlet.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.