Cardinal Roger Mahony, emeritus, LA Diocese is having a hard time of it from his blog:In the past several days, I have experienced many examples of being humiliated. In recent days, I have been confronted in various places by very unhappy people. I could understand the depth of their anger and outrage--at me, at the Church, at about injustices that swirl around us. Thanks to God's special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them. So, what is he being attacked for? The usual, I guess: Told by two families that a visiting priest was suspected of molesting their children in 1988, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles did not immediately notify police. Instead, Cardinal Roger Mahonys right-hand man alerted the priest a heads-up that allowed him to flee the country for Mexico. He remained in the priesthood there for another 21 years, allegedly continuing to molest. He has denied the accusations and remains a fugitive. Newly released church documents show the behind-the-scenes machinations of top officials within the Los Angeles archdiocese making decisions on how to deal with pedophile priests, hindering police investigations and saying, in private, something completely different than what they said in public. Mahony, one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church in America at the time, received constant updates on molesting priests and sometimes gave orders on how to deal with cases, including once telling subordinates to deny a police request for a list of altar boys. In at least one case, minute details like retirement benefits were discussed for an admitted molester. CNN This man has been asked by the church to participate in the conclave to select the new pope. Which I suppose is par for the course. He has not actually been convicted of any crime, and it is not entirely clear that there is a law, of the day, that he literally violated. This man, who seems to think his tribulations are like unto those of jesus, I suspect that to most of us, his words ring a hollow and broken tone,Over the coming days of our Lenten journey I hope to explore with all of you some deeper spiritual insights into what it really means to take up our cross daily and to follow Jesus--in rejection, in humiliation, and in personal attack. I think it is time for Cardinal Mahony to pray for his own forgiveness, to his god and to his parishioners.