As Cardinal Roger Mahony ends career, what legacy will people remember?
For many, his tenure has been tainted by ongoing clergy abuse scandal — first under his watch as bishop in Stockton, then as head of the L.A. archdiocese
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In this Dec. 3, 2006, file photo, Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop
of Los Angeles, attends a Mass in the East Los Angeles College
Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 6:37 am
When Cardinal Roger Mahony was ordained nearly a half-century
ago, the Roman Catholic Church was in the throes of a modernization
and renewal — and the lanky young priest who grew up near his
family’s poultry processing plant was seen as a leading liberal
light for the times.
As a seminarian and young cleric, the Spanish-speaking Hollywood
native celebrated Mass with Mexican field workers, worked with
Cesar Chavez to fight for better farmworker conditions and was
appointed auxiliary bishop of Fresno, the heart of California’s
bread basket, at the tender age of 38.
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Monday, February 28, 2011 6:37 am.