Matt C. Abbott
July 15, 2007
Cardinal Mahony -- what's in your wallet?
By Matt C. Abbott

In case you haven't heard, the Los Angeles archdiocese has finally settled its numerous clergy abuse cases to the tune of 666, er, $660 million.

Oh, and Cardinal Roger Mahony has apologized to the clergy abuse survivors, too.

I can't take credit for the title of this column, though. That goes to forum member "Dionysius."

Good one, Dionysius!

On the same forum thread, "Ave Maria" posted the following (slightly edited):

    'We knew this was coming; it was only a matter of time. In the secular world the one in charge of being a part of such an incredible scandal and fiasco would be dismissed immediately in shame. And in the Church?

    'It has been a long time since I read the Screwtape Letters, but I know that is a plan of the devil to gain souls. 'What can be done to destroy the Church in southern California?' might the devil have asked along that line of thinking. Hmm. Let's refuse to teach the truths of the faith. Let's take the focus off Christ and put it on man. Let's all be concerned for the things of this world only. Let's give such concern good and innocuous names. Let's allow innocents to be destroyed and cover it up so that souls will be lost, and then all this sits, simmers, festers and blows up so the most possible souls can be scandalized. Let's persecute and get rid of orthodox clergy and religious. Let's wreck the churches and marginalize those who remain faithful. Hmm. Sounds like a plan.'


Catholic author and commentator Thomas E. Woods, Jr. has a new book out titled 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed To Ask.

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