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To make bishops get tough

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 31, 2004

You say you want American bishops to denounce John Kerry? To say that Kerry is at odds with the Church on crucial public issues?

That's easy. Spread a rumor that Kerry regularly attends a Latin Mass.

We already know that approach works:

One cannot pick and choose which Pope to follow, especially dead ones, or which teaching to follow--and then set aside the rest. Such people may be very nice people, but that doesn't make them "Catholic" in the true sense.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Apr. 01, 2004 5:17 PM ET USA

    Your Eminence, n.b. The Church has determined clearly that you CANNOT give lay persons titles restricted to the ordained, eg, "pastor/pastoral/priest/chaplain..." See the Holy Father's letter from 1997 clarifying the role of priests & laity. Second, if "every person chooses their destiny," as you say, then where does the Grace of Christ, His Sacraments & His Church work into that? Please, Card. Mahony, successors to Apostles are not to preach heresy, for Christ's sake & the sake of His Church

  • Posted by: Sterling - Mar. 31, 2004 11:22 PM ET USA

    Everyone goes to Heaven and it's okay to have a serpent on the Church door - along with symbols from "other faith traditions?" Do those symbols include the barque of Peter? Bet not. As I said once to a priest who liked to imply that probably no one was in Hell - if we're all getting to Heaven, no matter how we behave, gee, shouldn't the Church be letting us know that NOW?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 7:33 PM ET USA

    Ahhhhh at last I know..... he is in a chat room. I am so relieved

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Mar. 31, 2004 5:35 PM ET USA

    His Eminence, once again, so eminently speaks for himself... and not in the Name of Holy Mother Church. Priests of L.A., please read this little chat with your Cardinal. Write to the Papal Nuncio in Washington, DC, and to the Prefect Cardinal for the Congregation for Bishops in Rome. Send them copies of his writings. Seek some resolution on Mahony's early retirement to a monastery for a life of Penance and prayer for the good of the Church and the good of the Cardinal himself.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 31, 2004 2:47 PM ET USA

    "One cannot pick and choose which legal precedents to follow, especially old ones, or which legal philosophy to follow--and then set aside the rest. Such people may be very nice people, but that doesn't make them "Catholic" in the true sense." Defense council, please present your first witness; by the way, What is Truth?

  • Posted by: Gertrude - Mar. 31, 2004 11:29 AM ET USA

    How very unsurprising that Cardinal M doesn't think we should dwell on the Passion of Christ as related in the Bible. To do so during Lenten meditations might possibly make one look at oneself to closely, hummm? I couldn't even read the rest of the interview, it made me too angry, and I gave up cussing for Lent.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 10:46 AM ET USA

    #$%^&*! I am trying to give up speaking against the bishops during Lent, but you don't make it easy!

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Mar. 31, 2004 10:41 AM ET USA

    Card. M says that "Any form of prayer and meditation that helps us deepen our life in Jesus Christ is a positive." Huh? That's pretty subjective. How do we know if the Hindu chants actually deepen our life in Christ? He dodges the question about voting for officials who support abortion and gay marriage? He avoids the question re. infallibility of V-II. Why is the Card. sponsoring other "faith traditions" on the cathedral doors? And "everyone goes to heaven?" He's a Modernist Heretic.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2004 9:43 AM ET USA

    Not surprising that Cardinal Caliban Mahoney's "chat" occurs on an internet site that gives equal time to Bahai, Scientology, Mormonism, etc., and Catholicism. The man's animus against "traditionalism" is well known. I am glad to see he is so devoted to the Pope - yet he obviously ignores the Holy Father's request that "traditional" Catholics not be marginalized and that they be given liberal access to the Mass according to the "traditional" rite.

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