"asked to comment on Law's future ..."

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 13, 2005

Remember the bygone days of April, 2002, when the U.S. prelates were gasping and shaking their heads at the bad bad bishop of Boston?

The cardinal, who asked to remain anonymous, said Sunday that he had been "commissioned" by other senior prelates to take their case against [Boston's Cardinal Bernard] Law directly to Pope John Paul II's inner circle. He said that he, as well as others, would do so today during private meetings at the Vatican. Today's meetings come a day before two days of talks between America's cardinals and Vatican leaders on the abuse scandal. ...

Earlier this month, Los Angeles' Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, asked to comment on Law's future, said he would find it difficult to walk down an aisle in church if he had been guilty of gross negligence.

Tell you what. The Basilica of St. John Lateran needs a new arch-priest. Eleven paid holidays. Major medical. And no aisle strutting required.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 14, 2005 1:02 PM ET USA

    Diamantina: Thanks for your blog. Cdl Mahony's actions & words are objectively evil: harmful, morally not good. What other word best describes leading people away from the Teachings of the Church, ingoring/changing the actual Roman Rite of the Mass (which no bishop or cardinal has the authority to change), denying the People of God their right to the Rites properly celebrated, moving known pedophiles/ephebophiles from parish to parish? Yes, we pray for Mahony's conversion & God's mercy on him.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 14, 2005 2:02 AM ET USA

    spec ops sacerdotes, Although I dislike the way that Cdl. Mahony runs the LA Archdiocese, agree with you that he is attempting restructure the Church in LA in his image & want him to resign well before he turns 75, I wouldn't call his actions "evil", since he probably thinks his intentions are good. I think that Cdl. Mahony believes that restructuring the LA Archdiocese in a Mahonyesque image would be a good thing—but he is mistaken. His actions aren't evil—just a boneheaded embarrassment.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 13, 2005 6:50 PM ET USA

    By his very own words/deeds -- in print (newspapers; his own "liturgy guide" & wreckovation of a cathedral); in photos such as this (with altar girls only, in priest albs -- those are not "altar server" albs); and from reels of videotape -- Cdl. Mahony has shown that his agenda is to re-shape the Church in his (the cardinal's) creative image. His idealogical words/deeds are clearly evil, as he has led many Catholics away from the Roman Catholic Church to the confused Mahony "catholic" church.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2005 4:52 PM ET USA

    Why does Rome not remove him?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2005 4:34 PM ET USA

    Memo To: Cardinal Mahony From: Me Subject: Airfare Date: October 13, 2005 Just a note to remind you that my offer of paying your 1st class airfare to Rome when you are "promoted" still stands. And don't forget that was a one way ticket.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2005 4:17 PM ET USA

    I'll bet that many of these self same bishops who were 'gasping' and takinghis case to the pope in April, 2002, are now themselves grappling for the opportunity to be exhonerated for doing as badly--or worse--than Cardinal Law. Can you say 'Scape Goat'?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2005 1:29 PM ET USA

    If you do not speak Italian already, Eminence, I'll be glad to teach you. Let's begin with "Mi dispiace, Gesu!" which is, "I'm sorry, Jesus!" The Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is easy to find. From the Termini, walk to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore then take a left on Via Merulana. The basilica is at the end of the street. You can't miss it! A trip to the Scala Sancta (Holy Staircase) is advised, reverently so. Il papa Benedetto Sedicesimo will be glad to see you, Eminence.