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Successor chosen for Cardinal Mahony in Los Angeles?

Catholic World News - January 22, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will soon appoint a coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles, according to an American Catholic blogger. Writing on the Catholic Vote Action blog, and citing “reliable authority,” Thomas Peters says that Cardinal Roger Mahony has approved the coadjutor, and an announcement is imminent. The coadjutor would succeed Cardinal Mahony when he retires.

Cardinal Mahony has enjoyed a remarkably long tenure as Archbishop of Los Angeles, having taken that post in 1985. However he is still well short of the normative retirement age-- he will not turn 75 until February 2011—and although bishops are obliged to submit their resignations at that age, the Pope frequently delays the appointment of a successor.

However, Cardinal Mahony, who has faced controversy frequently in the nation’s most populous archdiocese—particularly over his handling of sex-abuse complaints—has indicated that he neither expects nor wants to extend his tenure.

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  • Posted by: josephhans1980 - Jan. 24, 2010 9:43 PM ET USA

    Mahony should spend the rest of his days in a monastery in Siberia. His atrocious tenure as bishop supports my conviction that out of all the Apostles, Judas had the most successors.

  • Posted by: elts1956 - Jan. 24, 2010 2:24 AM ET USA

    Too bad it is later than sooner. Mahoney is a disgrace to the Church, not because of the sex abuse allegations; I know nothing of that, but of the disgraceful way he has allowed the liturgy of the Mass to be twisted.

  • Posted by: Sophia - Jan. 23, 2010 3:36 AM ET USA

    As a resident of the Los Angeles archdiocese, I pray most ardently that the coadjutor will not be someone chosen by his eminence.

  • Posted by: opraem - Jan. 23, 2010 1:17 AM ET USA

    in light of the continuing federal probe, i'm sure the us attorney will opine on the replacement.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 22, 2010 8:10 PM ET USA

    God save the long-suffering orthodox Catholics of Los Angeles.

  • Posted by: kmbold - Jan. 22, 2010 7:58 PM ET USA

    One more year— I am all eagerness.

  • Posted by: donnamarie43 - Jan. 22, 2010 6:21 PM ET USA

    Jesus,I trust in You. Have mercy on us and on the whole world.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jan. 22, 2010 6:17 PM ET USA

    O Happy Day...

  • Posted by: JR - Jan. 22, 2010 1:46 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Mahony "approving" the coadjutor reminds me of the big U.S. banks "approving" the Fed's takeover, which was gently offered to them behind closed doors, and at the end of a shotgun.

  • Posted by: JR - Jan. 22, 2010 1:25 PM ET USA

    The feeling is mutual, I'm sure.

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