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    Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

    Pressed to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars to settle clergy sex abuse lawsuits, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony turned to one group of Catholics whose faith could not be shaken: the dead.

    Under his leadership in 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles quietly appropriated $115 million from a cemetery maintenance fund and used it to help pay a landmark settlement with molestation victims.
    Only one word can describe this...............

    Gross!!

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    Re: Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

    Bahahaha, sadly, under the list of atrocities committed by the Catholic church, even something that ridiculously awful ranks really, really low on the list.
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    Re: Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

    Well it's not like he can just pass around a collection plate for the money.

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    Re: Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

    State law prohibits private cemeteries from touching the principal of their perpetual care funds and bars them from using the interest on those funds for anything other than maintenance.
    but for a church, that "alienation" of funds is found acceptable
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    Re: Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

    Sadly, I am just not surprised.

    In fairness, I am sure that some of the claims are bogus attempts to get money from the RCC.

    Others are valid.

    In any event, the RCC has done a very poor job in policing their own.

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    Re: Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    Sadly, I am just not surprised.

    In fairness, I am sure that some of the claims are bogus attempts to get money from the RCC.

    Others are valid.

    In any event, the RCC has done a very poor job in policing their own.

    In the end, all will pay for their misdeeds.
    Every discussion board I've been on have talked this idea extensively but IMHO the solution to a lot of the Roman Catholic Church's scandal problems as well as priest scarcity would be greatly reduced if they simply let priests get married. According to Roman Catholic Church history, the Apostle Peter was the first Pope. The Bible says Peter was married. Matthew 8:14.

    There is already a little known exception to the celibacy rule in the Roman Catholic Priesthood and according to what I've been told there is a married Catholic Priest in the diocese where I live. Suppose a married man becomes a Christian in a protestant denomination, then later becomes an ordained minister in that Christian denomination. Later that ordained protestant minister for whatever reason converts to Roman Catholicism and then later feels called to the Priesthood. He'll still need to complete all the Catholic Church's required training and credentialing but his ordination in the previous Protestant denomination is sort of recognized as his official entry into the priesthood. Since he was already married back then, he's allowed to be a Catholic priest and be married. Such is the reported case of the married Catholic Priest and former Southern Baptist Pastor at one of the churches where I live. He's got a wife and kids as well and demonstrates married clergy in the Catholic Church is doable.

    I'm not a Catholic so I'm sorry if this comes across as a non-Catholic trying to tell Catholics how their church ought to be run. Just asking Catholics in particular is there ever any discussion about that and how do they think the idea of married priests would be accepted.
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    Re: Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Every discussion board I've been on have talked this idea extensively but IMHO the solution to a lot of the Roman Catholic Church's scandal problems as well as priest scarcity would be greatly reduced if they simply let priests get married. According to Roman Catholic Church history, the Apostle Peter was the first Pope. The Bible says Peter was married. Matthew 8:14.

    There is already a little known exception to the celibacy rule in the Roman Catholic Priesthood and according to what I've been told there is a married Catholic Priest in the diocese where I live. Suppose a married man becomes a Christian in a protestant denomination, then later becomes an ordained minister in that Christian denomination. Later that ordained protestant minister for whatever reason converts to Roman Catholicism and then later feels called to the Priesthood. He'll still need to complete all the Catholic Church's required training and credentialing but his ordination in the previous Protestant denomination is sort of recognized as his official entry into the priesthood. Since he was already married back then, he's allowed to be a Catholic priest and be married. Such is the reported case of the married Catholic Priest and former Southern Baptist Pastor at one of the churches where I live. He's got a wife and kids as well and demonstrates married clergy in the Catholic Church is doable.

    I'm not a Catholic so I'm sorry if this comes across as a non-Catholic trying to tell Catholics how their church ought to be run. Just asking Catholics in particular is there ever any discussion about that and how do they think the idea of married priests would be accepted.
    I am Catholic, but that does not make me an expert by any means.

    Your observations are correct.

    There is a married priest in our Deanery.

    He was a married Episcopal priest, and transferred to Catholicism as a priest several years ago.

    Catholic Deacons are also allowed to be married.

    I agree with your observation that Catholic priests should be allowed to marry.

    Being a progressive Catholic, I also believe that women are acceptable as priests, but the RCC will probably never allow that.
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