I’m going to try to be charitable, but Cardinal Roger Mahony makes that very tough with his blog post Thursday about what he’s experienced since the 12,000 pages of documents related to his handling of clergy child sexual abusers became public. Apparently, he has found it difficult to be the target of angry people who speak insultingly of his work to hide rapists and neglect their victims. But don’t cry for Mahony, because he’s doing all right with it: “Thanks to God’s special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them.”

The water of baptism may be at the heart of the Christian church, but Mahony has turned that water into whine.