They claimed to have "cashed in substantial investments". In reality the they cleaned out the cemetery escrows. Actuarially sound, perhaps, but totally deceitful. L.A. Times: Cardinal Mahony used cemetery money to pay sex abuse settlement The Archdiocese of L.A. took $115 million from its cemeteries' maintenance fund in 2007, nearly depleting it. The move seems legal, but it was not announced, and relatives of the dead were not told.