Back in July, a $660 million (they couldn't tack on another 6?) settlement was authorized between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and 508 alleged victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests. Checks started going out in the mail this last Monday, and as spin and press is wont to do, interesting news regarding Cardinal Mahoney has come to light.
Seems somebody smacked him around after the judgment in July and he decided not to tell anyone, including the police, about it until October.
Mahony told the priests that after his attacker recognized him, the man began shouting expletives and knocked him to the ground...Rough stuff. After all, he's 71 years old. Coulda broke a hip or something.
Now, did it happen? Don't know. Couldn't say. But the timing of the story's a bit hinky. Sounds to me like an attempt to garner a little sympathy out of all this.
And then there's this bit from the CBS post on the same story.
Bruised after the attack, Mahony said it gave him a deeper understanding of the suffering the sex scandal victims have endured, priests told the newspaper.Well, hell, if that's the case let the priest beatings begin. I had no idea that getting knocked over at a mailbox was equal to years worth of forced sodomy.
Learn something new every day.