This week the 20 members of the Los Angeles Council of Priests (elected by their fellow clergy) unanimously voted support for Cardinal Roger Mahony:
"Cardinal Mahony has shown a consistent desire to protect children, while at the same time has been solicitous that no priest's reputation be ruined by irresponsible or utterly unsubstantiated allegations."
"Utterly" unsubstantiated? Odd word to use in a generic context. I'm surprised they didn't add, "...and besides, he was practically a grown man for God's sake!" But hey, we're about healing and reconciliation here, so I'm going to pass over in decorous silence the troubling parallels with another affirmation of clergy support for another archbishop, last year's statement by the priests of Louisville on behalf of Thomas C. Kelly:
While saying they respect the efforts of others in the abuse crisis, the statement said the priests believe "we will all be best served by the stability of continued episcopal leadership of Archbishop Kelly and his proven public commitment to seek justice and to right past wrongs."
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Posted by: quill -
Mar. 29, 2004 11:40 PM ET USA
The L.A. Council of Priests is newly elected. This might lessen their responsibility for having failed to poll the full slate of priests in Los Angeles before publishing a "unanimous" statement. The Council has since encouraged all to attend coming deanery meetings where each can add his signature to the statement. One wonders if the statement will then serve as a loyalty oath a la Senator Joseph McCarthy. Hollywood, after all, is part of the archdiocese.
Posted by: Fr. William -
Mar. 29, 2004 7:46 PM ET USA
A few questions to these L.A. priests: How can you, my brothers in the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ, stand with a Cardinal who has openly contradicted the Holy Father & the Teachings of the Church? Have you read Mahony's letter on the "Liturgy" (ie: Holy Sacrifice of the Mass) -- how few times he mentions the Eucharist, the Real Presence? What does his Eminence really believe? When you walk into the Cathedral he built, are you drawn to Christ, His Word and His Sacraments or just yourselves?
Posted by: -
Mar. 29, 2004 2:28 PM ET USA
What makes them so cowardly ? A reign of terror ? "Contre nous de la tyrannie l'etendard sanglant est leve" ?? "Aux armes, citoyens, formez vos bataillons . . . ."
Posted by: -
Mar. 29, 2004 7:18 AM ET USA
How much do you want to bet that more than one of their number will one day wear a miter also? Cynical I know, but recent experience has made me that way.
Posted by: John J Plick -
Mar. 27, 2004 7:12 PM ET USA
I fear that there aren't very many priests with a heart for heavy confrontation (like John the Baptist) but I would personally be exceedingly encouraged by a cadre of single men, young and old, deprived of their faculties, courageously pumping gas or flipping burgers. JP
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Mar. 27, 2004 5:46 PM ET USA
In private business, I am spectacularly uninterested in whether a man has a "consistent desire to be profitable", I am interested in whether his business is profitable. Period. I am spectacularly uninterested in whether Cardinal Mahony has a consistent desire, I am interested in whether children are protected; that is, after all, A-Number one. And, as in Bond's Diamonds Are Forever, I'm not real interested in scoring points with the Blofeld White Cat set.
Posted by: -
Mar. 27, 2004 3:50 PM ET USA
This is pretty impressive. Very few leaders ever recieve unanimous support even among their party. Now the Cardinal can join the great ones...Fidel Castro, Chairman Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Bill Clinton...
Posted by: -
Mar. 27, 2004 11:53 AM ET USA
Birds of a feather flock together! So what else is new? You shall know them by their fruits.......