The dogs that didn't bark.
Here is a bit from the L.A. Times:
Did you catch that? Notice how Mr. Hennigan specifically does not protest on grounds of innocence. His gripe is not that His Eminence is being besmirched falsely, but that His Eminence is being besmirched without evidence. If this doesn't translate to: "I didn't do it, you didn't see me." please write to me and explain to my why it does not.
J. Michael Hennigan, attorney for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, said he is "generally a big fan of Steve Cooley," but that the district attorney's remarks were "irresponsible."
"It is irresponsible for a law enforcement official to suggest that a crime has been committed when he has no evidence of it," Hennigan said.
"Father Thomas Reese, an expert on U.S. bishops and senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, predicted that the settlement would deflate the abuse issue, freeing Mahony to reassert himself on his signature causes, such as immigration, labor and poverty."Notice Fr. Reese points out to what His Eminence's pet causes are: "immigration, labor and poverty." Read verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry carefully. Glaring by their absence are issues such as "abortion, same-sex marriage, Mass attendance, reception of the Sacraments, devotions, etc."
Of course, those who have been following His Eminence's career arc would not be remotely surprised by this.
There are those, whose minds turn in ways far more cynical than mine, who'll muse aloud what sort of dent in the poverty within the Archiocesan borders would $660,000,000.00 have made.