|Cardinal Roger Mahony holding a snake|
The American Cardinal Roger Mahony and a former priest were forced to pay nearly $ 10 million in a settlement regarding four cases of sexual abuse against minors. According to the lawyer of the victim's, the diocese has paid more than $ 700 million to about 550 raped victims, apparently, under the blind eye of the cardinal. Mahony, who retired in 2011 as head of the largest Archdiocese in the United States and went to Rome to attend the conclave to elect the new Pope, was accused of helping the paedophile priest and circumvent the law by sending him to a treatment centre administered by the Church, before bringing it back to the Ministry in Los Angeles.
Eight dioceses have declared bankruptcy in the country. The faithful have required (and still requires) more control and punishment, and episodes of paedophilia have contributed to the increasing detachment of Americans to the faith. Catholicism is the religion in the USA that least keeps in adult life, as a research made by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has showed.
There are so many cases of misbehaviours by Catholic priests that are impossible to list them here. I just ask myself: How is it possible to people accused of sex crimes to vote and choose a Pope?
It has happened.