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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The dogs that didn't bark.

By now I'm sure you guys all know of the $660,000,000.00 sex abuse settlement between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the assorted plaintiffs involved therein.

Here is a bit from the L.A. Times:

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.

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.


"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.



  • At 2:12 PM, July 22, 2007 , Blogger Karen said...

    Re the first part, I can tell you that I've spent a LOT of time hanging out with murderers and I was always struck by the fact that they never said they were innocent -- they always said there wasn't any evidence (or enough evidence) to convict them.

    You can tell by that word choice how they think: I can get away with it.

    Also, Mahony and his team of lawyers know that there IS evidence, in the filing cabinet that Mahony refuses to turn over to the DA.

  • At 3:17 PM, July 22, 2007 , Blogger Joe said...

    I have a hunch that filing cabinet's contents are in greater peril than the current Mrs. Schiavo.



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