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.