Irony’s real politick

It’s ubiquitous in the public square. We’re seeing it with our new President and his Cabinet appointments. We’ve witnessed it in the Catholic Church for a number of years now. It’s the irony of one’s words and statements when matched up against actions. Presently, the most poignant example of it is Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles who for years was a staunch defender of the church’s moral positions. He’s even publicly criticized past Administrations on such moral issues as war, poverty, disease, and immigration. Yet, his actions belie another reality. This is a public leader, a Cardinal in the Catholic Church who’s been dogged by the priest abuse scandal. While the epicenter of the scandal in the east was Cardinal Law of Boston, few would argue that that distinction belongs to Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles. He is now faced with a federal investigation, that unlike other inquiries, which should prove to challenge even Mahony’s formidable skills of evasion and covering-up. However, we have to sound a word of caution here. The man hasn’t been known as Roger the Dodger for nothing. He’s survived this scandal pretty much unscathed. He’s had to make some financial payments to abuse survivors but he kept himself out of the courtroom. Thus far, he’s been able to escape the fate of others who haven’t escaped the irony of real politick.