A Cardinal has been stripped of his duties after a church sex scandal erupted. On Feb. 1, Huffington Post reported that Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote a letter to his successor, Archbishop Jose Gomez trying to defend himself just one day after being stripped of his administrative duties. Mahony had spent the last couple of decades "covering up" for the priests who sexually abused children.
"In a letter posted on his personal blog, Mahony challenged Gomez for publicly shaming him and said he developed policies to safeguard children after taking over in 1985, despite being unequipped to deal with the molester priests he inherited," Huff Post reported.
The Cardinal was stripped of his duties because he allegedly knew what was going on behind closed doors over the past several years. Mahony is no longer allowed to speak publicly, administer confirmation, or take part in any of his former responsibilities.
"This is momentous, there is no question. For something like this to happen to a cardinal.... The way they treat cardinals is as if they're one step below God," said Rev. Thomas Doyle (via LA Times). There have been many instances where people have questioned the Catholic Church but now that something is "being done," there is still a lot of debate.
Should the Cardinal have been stripped of his duties?
© Effie Orfanides 2013