We'll know more about the truth of the matter, we're told, when the mayor delivers a budget several weeks after the election.
Convenient timing, no?
It was right there on Cardinal Mahony's blog:
"I look forward to traveling to Rome soon to help thank Pope Benedict XVI for his gifted service to the church, and to participate in the conclave to elect his successor."
I think I'll find out when Mahony is leaving and try to book the seat next to him. I've put in many requests over the years to sit down with His Eminence and ask a few questions, and maybe this will be my best chance. Not that a flight halfway around the world would give me time enough to get through half the questions I've got, but it would be a start.
Just two weeks ago, you may recall, Mahony was rebuked by his successor. Archbishop Jose Gomez had taken a look at the molestation files Mahony fought to keep secret and concluded that the abuse and coverup were "sad and evil" and made for "brutal and painful reading." When forced to settle for $660 million with 500 victims, Mahony quietly raided a cemetery maintenance fund to help pay the tab.
And yet despite being relieved of public duties, Mahony — who helped pick Pope Benedict in 2005 — retains the right to help select the next pope.
In his blog, Mahony referred to Benedict as an "extraordinary successor to St. Peter," but the record actually is mixed. Both before and after becoming pope, Benedict made shocking decisions that gave breaks to suspected and known molesters. And then there was his tolerance, if not protection, of Mahony.
Sergio Hernandez, a reader, sent me a cartoon he had drawn about Mahony at the Vatican, where white smoke pours from a chimney when a new pope is selected.
Mahony, standing next to a chimney with a stack of files on pedophile priests, says:
"I got the perfect fuel right here."