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Cardinal Sees Daunting Task Restoring Church Credibility

Amid nationwide concern over allegations of sex abuse by clergy, Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony says confidence in the Catholic Church has been shaken, and in some cases destroyed.

Mahony says in a column being published in weekly newspapers of the archdiocese, that “unconscionable actions´´ of a few priests have damaged the church´s credibility. He says the task of restoring credibility inside the church and beyond will be “long and arduous.´´