One-way ticket to Rome?
There had been talk in the past that the Cardinal of Los Angeles was once offered a desk job at the Vatican during the latter years of John Paul II's pontificate. As far as one can tell, this offer was made before the construction of the hideous edifice known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The word is that Mahony turned down the "offer." With Pope Benedict XVI now on the throne of St. Peter, discussion is surfacing again about the prospects of a Mahony transfer to Rome. With the L.A. homosexual clergy abuse settlement expected to be announced soon -- a settlement which will surely be the largest in the U.S. Church ($1 billion or more) -- along with the myriad of problems that have mushroomed during Mahony's long reign in L.A., a modest "clerical" job in the Vatican might be the perfect solution. One can only hope.