|ARCHBISHOP OF LOS ANGELES
ROGER MICHAEL MAHONY
|Birth Date: Feb. 27, 1936
Cardinal Since: June 28, 1991
Title: Cardinal Priest of Ss. Quattro Coronati
Parishioners: 3.6 million
A native of Hollywood, Mahony runs the largest archdiocese in the country. He is an active and outspoken leader and, having advised Pope John Paul II on many issues, is considered one of the most influential cardinals in the United States.
Mahony was ordained a priest in 1962 and earned a master's degree in social work in 1964 from the Catholic University of America. He serves on the Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Financial Problems of the Holy See, the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace, and the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. Mahony began his priestly career ministering to Hispanics and migrant farm workers.
In 1992, he issued Film Makers and Film Viewers: Their Challenges and Opportunities, which dealt with sex and violence in film. In a 1998 letter, Creating a Culture of Life, he wrote, "Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members -- the last, the least, the littlest."
Reports say 6 to 12 priests in his archdiocese have been removed after accusations of abuse. Police cleared Mahony of a mentally ill woman's allegation that he molested her decades ago.