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Pro-Family Group Demands Cardinal Mahony to Withdraw from Conference

A pro-family organization has launched a petition asking Cardinal Roger Mahony, infamous for covering up child sexual abuse by his clergy, to withdraw as a speaker at the upcoming Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.

The retired archbishop is invited to speak at the Catholic conference that is taking place March 22-24. The topic of his March 23rd address will be “Connecting Junior High and High School Students with the Volatile Immigration Issues.”

The retired archbishop is invited to speak at the Catholic conference that is taking place March 22-24. The topic of his March 23rd address will be “Connecting Junior High and High School Students with the Volatile Immigration Issues.”

The Ruth Institute, an inter-faith pro-family organization combating the Sexual Revolution and clerical sex abuse, launched the petition.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, president of the Ruth Institute, told LifeSiteNews that Mahony represents what’s wrong with the church’s handling of the abuse crisis and should not be addressing Catholic conferences, no matter how pious his topic might be.

“I don’t care if he’s teaching children the Hail Mary. The subject of his talk is not the issue. He’s a symbol of all the wrong things and he shouldn’t be there,” she said.

Morse said the petition was inspired by a combination of issues.

“The clergy sex abuse issue has been gnawing at me all summer, and then there’s Mahoney’s history, and the L.A. Religious Education Congress – all coming together,” she said.

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