All of a sudden, more or less out of the blue, the FBI and a federal grand jury is now investigating the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to see whether top church officials conspired to cover up the sexual abuse of minors by priests. Cardinal Mahony claims to be "mystified" by the whole thing; he says he had thought his $660 million bribery check to all the middle-aged men who were hollering "Father Tim diddled my digit in the vestry 40 years ago" had put the whole stupid thing to bed.
And yet all of a sudden a federal grand jury has issued subpoenas and begun calling witnesses in the probe. The investigation is still in its early, fact-gathering stage, and it isn't known whether any criminal charges will result, but the primary target of the investigation seems to be Cardinal Mahony himself, who would probably be well advised to flee to the Vatican and hide behind its walls from extradition like Archbishop Marcinkus, the former Chicago hoodlum and legbreaker for Tony Accardo who became embroiled in all that "God's Banker" crap back in the '80s.
The FBI has never taken down a full Cardinal before. God knows they let the ghastly Cardinal Cody slip through their fingers easily enough.
Okay, the $64,000 question: why would the feds start an investigation of the Church now, less than two weeks after the Iniggeration?
Well, if you take a few steps back and look at the bigger picture, you'll see that the Chief Rabbi of Israel cut ties with the Vatican earlier this week because the Pope reinstated four bishops who had been ordained by the old-style, traditional Cardinal Lefevre, one of whom has publicly questioned the Holocaust myth. This investigation, and the threat against Cardinal Mahony, seems to be retaliation.
The FBI is supposed to be an impartial law enforcement agency, free of outside political influence. If you believe that, I have this bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.