The bilking (of the) Dead

Cardinal Mahony via maveric2003 at

Well you cannot say the Los Angeles Diocese of the Catholic Church hasn’t gone out of its way to compound error.

Pressed to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars to settle clergy sex abuse lawsuits, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony turned to one group of Catholics whose faith could not be shaken: the dead.

Under his leadership in 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles quietly appropriated $115 million from a cemetery maintenance fund and used it to help pay a landmark settlement with molestation victims.

The church did not inform relatives of the deceased that it had taken the money, which amounted to 88 percent of the fund. Families of those buried in church-owned cemeteries and interred in its mausoleums have contributed to a dedicated account for the perpetual care of graves, crypts and grounds since the 1890s.

It’s not like they could talk back, I guess.


UPDATE:  Annnnnnnnndddd...the Pope is resigning.   Rick Santorum polishing the froth off resume.

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