Unholy Alliance

Number 18676
Subject Funeral Homes
Source New Times (Los Angeles)
State CA
Year 2001
Publication Date Dec. 27
Summary A New Times investigation reveals "how the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, at the instigation of Cardinal Roger Mahony, entered into a secret deal with one of the nation's largest funeral service company, Stewart Enterprises, Inc." The funeral chain and the Catholic church agreed to build for-profit mortuaries on the ground of church cemeteries. As a result, unsuspecting Catholics have been steered by parish priests -- pressured by the archdiocese -- to use the Stewart mortuaries at prices double than those of identical services provided by independent mortuaries. "It is an arrangement that appears tied to the cardinal's ambitious push to build a spanking new $193 million cathedral in Los Angeles," the Times reports.
Category Contest Finalist
Pages 9
Keywords religion;California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau;consumer affairs;Montebello;donations
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