As we know, the Times, in editorials, columns and news coverage, rightly rips Cardinal Mahony and other bishops for having sent priests to "treatment" and then restored them to duty.
But then today, the Times turns around and runs a sick, and sickening, op-ed piece (click on this post's title) that calls for, guess what, sending sex criminals to "treatment!"
The op-ed, entitled "The new American witch hunt," carries the subhead, "Demonizing sex offenders by passing tough, mindless laws rather than treating them makes little sense."
The Times says the writer, Richard B. Krueger, "is a psychiatrist and an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons."
Here is how Krueger ends his op-ed:
"What is happening now with individuals who have committed sexual crimes is the modern-day equivalent of a witch hunt...It is time to reexamine our approaches and develop empirically based, scientifically sound measures and treatments to bring rationality back to this discussion."
Obviously, Cardinal Mahony and other U.S. bishops deserve criticism for having returned "treated" priests to priestly ministry.
But by running this sick op-ed piece, the L.A. Times forfeits its credibility to make such criticism -- and lends credence to the impression that anti-Catholicism is a part of its motivation, along with the rest of the "news" media, in criticizing the Church on this and other matters.
Cardinals, newspapers and everyone else need to admit that "treatment" does not work.
And the L.A. Times has to learn that it can't have things both ways anymore.