LOS ANGELES (AP) One of the most powerful Roman Catholic leaders in the nation said in an interview published Friday that he may ask fellow bishops to consider removing former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating as head of a national panel reviewing priest abuse allegations.
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony said he was outraged by a statement that Keating made this week comparing some unnamed members of the church heirarchy to the Mafia.
”All I can say is, from the bishops I’ve listened to and several called me this morning this is the last straw,” Mahony told the Los Angeles Times. ”To make statements such as these I don’t know how he can continue to have the support of the bishops. I don’t know how you back up from this.”
The bishops meet next week in St. Louis, and Mahony told the newspaper he is considering raising the question of whether Keating, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, should remain in his appointed role as head of the National Review Board.
Keating had told the Times earlier this week: ”I certainly have concluded that a number of serious officials in my faith have very clay feet. To act like La Cosa Nostra and hide and suppress, I think, is very unhealthy.’
I don’t think Keating’s statement was that over the top. He was not comparing some members of the episcopacy to the Mafia but to one specific behavior of the Mafia. It might not have been a prudent statement but I think that Cardinal Mahony doth protests too much. This reporter needs an editor or a spellchecker since he misspelled hierarchy. Maybe a heirarchy is where you are governed by your relatives.