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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 14, 2004

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony is not exactly filling laypeople with faith in the credibility of the church. His efforts to block prosecutors' access to personnel files on priests accused of sexual abuse "did little to enhance the reputation of the church in the United States for transparency and cooperation," concluded a Catholic national review board. Mahony should display whatever moral leadership he has left, call off his lawyers and let the criminal justice system do its job.

That's the lead from today's Los Angeles Times editorial on the Archbishop. Not edifying. However, on balance it's been a positive media day for Mahony, as he gets good ink in the same issue for his creative use of the new cathedral as a multi-purpose gathering space.

A memorial service for Los Angeles civic leader Ira Yellin, the son of an Orthodox rabbi, was held at the cathedral after his death in 2002. Later, Yellin received a posthumous award from the American Institute of Architects at an architectural awards gala that was also staged there. ...

The cathedral has also been the setting for a Los Angeles Master Chorale concert, several organ concerts, the five-day American Guild of Organists national convention, a Catholic art and architecture conference, and for the ordination of an Episcopal auxiliary bishop.

Rumor has it that the Blessed Sacrament is also reserved on the premises.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 17, 2004 4:14 PM ET USA

    Again, for the good of Christ's Church and His people, we can pray that his eminence has the moral courage & integrity to (a) retire, today, (b) formally declare himself in schism, or (c) at least begin looking for a sacristan-type post in a major church in Rome

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 17, 2004 3:02 AM ET USA

    Stick a fork in Mahony; he's done. Pardon me; stick a tong and tweezers in his Eminence/Grace Cardinal Mahony; he's done.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 16, 2004 10:03 AM ET USA

    Twenty minutes to find the Blessed Sacrament? I can get in my car and visit the Blessed Sacrament across town quicker than that! Tell me this isn't more evidence that Cardinal Mahony and his cronies do not believe in the truth of the Real Presence. This truly is a punishment from God when bad men are allowed to wield power in His Church. But cardinals can be replaced (literally) in a heartbeat! Please God this one will be replaced soon.

  • Posted by: snowbird - Sep. 16, 2004 8:33 AM ET USA

    A priest friend and I had a tough time finding the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. There was no signage to direct our efforts. After approx 20 min., we did find the Chapel. And we found the Eucharist reserved in the ugliest piece of modern metal sculpture that I have ever seen. You have to see it to believe it! Nothing beautiful or dignified about it. It could have been so fitting. Instead Christ is enclosed in a turret that opens like a closet door.It is ugly. That's all I can say.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2004 12:02 AM ET USA

    Someone should report this abuse to the bishop. To reserve the Blessed Sacrament in such an infamous place is criminal.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 14, 2004 9:57 PM ET USA

    Gil, Diogenes means that where there SHOULD be the Blessed Sacrament is a sign that says "Reserved" -- the actual hosts are on extended hiatus until the Second Coming. The local WonderBread factory supplies the "guest" hosts and has a truck show up at 2 am, just like at McDonald's.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 14, 2004 9:43 PM ET USA

    Yeah, I was with you until the Blessed Sacrament part. That's just too unbelievable.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 14, 2004 8:03 PM ET USA

    Should you be reporting rumors, Diogenes? Are you SURE that the Blessed Sacrament is reserved? And if so, that it is "in a tabernacle in a part of the church that is truly noble, prominent, readily visible, beautifully decorated, and suitable for prayer?"

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