Jul 22, 2007

The L.A. Times

Today's Los Angeles Times carries an article (click on this post's title), "The Teflon Cardinal," by far-left author David Rieff, only son of the late far-left author Susan Sontag.

Rieff predicts the Cardinal will survive the molest/cover-up/payout scandal because, he estimates, about 70% of the more than 4 million Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are Latino/Hispanic and, he again estimates, most of them are loyal to the Cardinal because he has a long track record of being pro-"immigrant" and pro-labor.

Rieff says that when he researched and wrote a previous article about L.A., not one Latino/Hispanic parishioner brought up the scandals to him.

I think Rieff somewhat overestimates the percentage of Hispanic/Latino Catholics who remain loyal to Cardinal Mahony.

Incidentally, Rieff makes a mistake by calling Cardinal Mahony a descendant of Irish immigrants. The Cardinal's dad was adopted by a family named Mahony.


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