Catholics Petition Cardinal Roger Mahony Not to Cast Papal Vote

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — A Catholic organization has delivered a petition with thousands of signatures asking Cardinal Roger Mahony to recuse himself from the conclave in Rome that will select the next pope.

The group, Catholics United, collected nearly 10,000 signatures making “a simple request” that the former archbishop of Los Angeles not participate in the process because of the priest abuse scandals that happened under his watch, said Chris Pumpelly, communications director for Catholics United.

The petition was delivered Saturday to St. Charles Borromeo in North Hollywood, where the cardinal resides. It was accepted by a church staff member.

Pumpelly said that the conclave offers “an opportunity for healing in the church” and that having someone like Mahony, with his complicated history, runs counter to that.

“This is one thing that would cast a cloud of scandal and shame over the conclave,” Pumpelly said of the participation of Mahony and others connected to priest abuse scandals.

Last month, the archdiocese stripped Mahony of his public duties amid revelations that he plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement.

But he is still set to be one of the 117 cardinals who will take part in the conclave, the sequestered process through which the Catholic Church selects its pontiff.

Mahony wrote on his blog that he looked forward to “traveling to Rome soon to help thank Pope Benedict XVI for his gifted service to the Church, and to participate in the Conclave to elect his successor.”

After delivering the petition, organizers attended Mass at the parish to pray for healing and for the future of the church.

Los Angeles Times

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15 comments

  • Anonymous

    I agree, this guy shouldn't be having his massively huge ego feed w/ yet another perk of being a Cardinal when he quite obviously let down this congregation of Catholics.

  • Maddie

    You should read Millstone: Sexual Abuse, Betrayal, & Cover-up by the Catholic Church by James R Dunlap on Amazon it will make your skin crawl.

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  • Daisy may

    What are these people on drugs ? if their not maybe they should be, or we could petition to have them all casterated !! Their not to engage in sexual activities with women let alone those poor boys they have been molesting for years, so cutting it all off to ensure this won't happen again, seems to be the only route to take now. If they are true to their commitment i can't see any opposition from them. What has this silly world come to, seems like cover-ups have become the normal, from the cops to the church, where does it end !!

  • Daisy may

    Check out that bald one in the back left of the photo, he's got a smirk on his face like he's just waiting for the next victim, casterate them all !!

  • Mike C

    Shut them down for good. This is nothing but a front. Their real line of work is to molest innocent children. Sick, disgusting perverts!

  • nicbluela

    ************* Cardinal McHorney should be ashamed of himself. Obviously he's not. This is a sick man that I wonder if he ever question that fact that he has no integrity at all.***************

  • Guest

    I don't understand why all sick individuals who claim to be cardinals or priest aren't being taken to court. Oh that's right cause they're church members, this seems to be a cruel double standard……

  • Roland369

    Wow! What a neat outfit. I especially like the red sash; it adds such a dash of panache to the other colors of his robe. It gives him an appearance of authority when puts it on his naked body. Too bad Jesus never had clothes like this to make him appear more "Godlike." In any case, so many crimes have been committed over the last 2000 years under the color of authority, that one wonders what exactly the church does in fact represent.


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