Mahony abuse files dominate papal conclave's dirty laundry as pressure mounts to keep him home

  • Article by: NICOLE WINFIELD , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 20, 2013 - 6:44 PM
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UMD1983Feb. 20, 13 8:14 AM

Hard to believe that in the 21st century a good chunk of the world's population holds its breath waiting for the appointment of a new demigod. If the Catholic church took all the money that's spent on their ridiculous costumes alone and put it to use genuinely serving their fellow man the world would actually be a better place. Stop supporting these two-faced clowns and live you love for God through constructive action. The empty pageantry and the cult of personality built up around the priesthood should simply go away.

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bjames3Feb. 20, 13 8:32 AM

So exactly how does a Cardinal get fired? Seriously he has to answer to someone besides God, so who can relieve him?

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evldedFeb. 20, 13 8:47 AM

Remember when Jesus was a poor dude who helped others no matter what? Yeah, now take a look at the "church" that speaks for him, and all their gilded trappings, and huge castles that they call churches and ask youself if Jesus would be on your side or some other side? The catholic church's wealth and influence makes the Roman Empire of Jesus' time look like small-potatoes. Not that this will be posted or anything.

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honeybooFeb. 20, 13 9:04 AM

How is it possible that the same people from whom we are supposed to derive our morality are unfit to be in contact with our children, and yet they also lead a global religion? Clergy are human, with the same human frailties and flaws as the rest of us, yet millenia of evidence suggests they are perhaps even more flawed. I'm dropping out.

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owatonnabillFeb. 20, 1310:04 AM

"How is it possible that the same people from whom we are supposed to derive our morality are unfit to be in contact with our children..." A classic example of guilt by association. Owatonnabill has known many priests, a couple of Monsignors and a Bishop in his time and all, with the exception of one (a real bleephead, IMO) were men of character who cared deeply about their work. A few knotheads who can't keep their pants zipped do (and should) make the news, but to generalize that all Catholic clergy are monsters just waiting for the opportunity to pounce on children, and that their superiors in the Church will just casually spirit them away if they ARE caught with their hand in the cookie jar (so to speak) speaks more of a prejudicial attitude on the part of the generalizer than it does about the Catholic clergy. Owatonnabill is no great believer in anything, but this type of stereotyical rush to judgment is just wearisome.

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redkayakFeb. 20, 1311:51 AM

This person has more in common with Judas than with Jesus. If the catholic church won't do anything about this, the United State should past stricter laws with serious jail time for those who cover up crimes against children. Penn State also comes to mind in this problem.

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janet_ParrishFeb. 20, 1312:31 PM

he should be in jail

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threed61Feb. 20, 13 2:46 PM

Owatonnabill, until the Pope releases all the information on sex crimes, turns the perpetrators and enablers over to law enforcement and publicly begs forgiveness from all Catholics, this issue will make them all look guilty. Preying on innocent children is true evil!

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