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Cardinal Mahony retires, passes leadership in LA to Archbishop Gomez
cna ^ | February 28, 2011 | Benjamin Mann

Posted on 02/28/2011 1:28:23 PM PST by NYer

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 28, 2011 / 02:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the retirement of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez has taken over leadership of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest in the United States.

“L.A. is home for me now,” the Mexican-born archbishop told the cardinal and the assembled worshipers at a Mass marking the transition of leadership on Feb. 27. “I pray that I will be worthy of continuing the work that you have begun here.”

Before a crowd of 3,500 faithful at Los Angeles' Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Cardinal Mahony ceremonially passed on his crozier to Archbishop Gomez, investing him with the traditional staff that symbolizes the leadership of the local bishop. On that same day, his 75th birthday, the cardinal submitted his resignation in a faxed letter to Pope Benedict XVI.

On Sunday, March 6, one week after the transition, Archbishop Gomez will celebrate his inaugural Mass as Archbishop of Los Angeles.

At the transition Mass, Archbishop Gomez graciously thanked the cardinal for his leadership of the archdiocese over the course of 26 years. Cardinal Mahony's legacy, he said, is “a Church that radiates the love of God and the truth of the Gospel.”

“He has shown us what Christ wants his Church to be – a communion of cultures and a communion of saints, one family of God drawn from every country, race, and language.” The archbishop said that Cardinal Mahony “has helped us open our hearts, to love God and to love our brothers and sisters.”

As the largest archdiocese in the country, Los Angeles is home to more than 5 million Catholics, 70 percent of whom are Hispanic. Archbishop Gomez, who was born in the Mexican city of Monterrey and later became a U.S. citizen, will be the first Hispanic Archbishop of Los Angeles.

He told the crowd that he hoped to continue Cardinal Mahony's work by inviting people of all backgrounds to participate in the life of the Church.

“I am inspired by his love for the immigrant, for the strangers in our midst,” Archbishop Gomez said. “I am challenged by his call for us to live the Gospel – to find Christ among the poor, to love the immigrant as our neighbor and our friend.”

Archbishop Gomez also spoke of the centrality of the priesthood to his own life, and the life of the Church.

“Cardinal Mahony knows it. Our brother priests know it,” he reflected. “To be his priests, this becomes the reason why we live. To bring Jesus to people, and to bring people to Jesus.”

“A priest is a priest forever,” Archbishop Gomez pointed out. “And a good bishop never forgets that he is, first of all, a priest.” He told the crowd that Cardinal Mahony was “now able to return to full time priestly ministry.”

“And that is such a beautiful thing – to be a priest,” Los Angeles' new archbishop noted.

While returning to priestly ministry on a smaller scale, Cardinal Mahony will be working on the issue of immigration. He wrote recently that he was “encouraged by the prospects of helping these silent millions in our midst” during his retirement.


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1 posted on 02/28/2011 1:28:31 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
That long awaited day has finally arrived!

Here in the NY, we still have another 3 years until the retirement of Bishops Hubbard and Clark. Mahony's retirement brings us consolation.

2 posted on 02/28/2011 1:30:19 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer; monkapotamus

I waiting for last few months for Roger Mahoney go NYER BIG TIME LOL!


3 posted on 02/28/2011 1:34:24 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: NYer

Don’t get too carried away ...

Bp. Walter Sullivan retired years ago, and the Dreadful Diocese of Richmond is still pretty dreadful. I have found a few really good spots, though. There’s hope. The recovery just won’t be visible overnight.


4 posted on 02/28/2011 1:35:21 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer

How long before Abp. Gomez becomes Cardinal Gomez?


5 posted on 02/28/2011 1:37:28 PM PST by RonF
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To: ArrogantBustard
I was just in Richmond last Thanksgiving, and I did see some improvement in a local parish in the West End.

For one thing, the music was better.

For another, nobody pitched a fit when I received on the tongue.

Brick by brick.

6 posted on 02/28/2011 1:38:27 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: RonF

Probably very fast Ron

When you become Archbishop I think fast track to Cardinal Jose Gomez


7 posted on 02/28/2011 1:47:03 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: NYer

Oh’ the pedophile protecting pro-illegal alien Cardinal has retired.


8 posted on 02/28/2011 1:49:27 PM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: NYer

The mess will not be straightened out quickly. You can’t fire all the bad priests, or there would be no one to say Mass in a lot of parishes. So you have to try to control them and improve things gradually.

And my experience is that they don’t usually fire the lay staffers and catechists, but wait for them to retire, I suppose out of human sympathy for them. I think that sympathy is misplaced, considering the terrible damage they do, but I can understand it.

Mahoney had a lot of time to make this mess, and it will take a lot of time to clean it up. But it’s a start.


9 posted on 02/28/2011 1:53:58 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NYer

Phony balony Mahony, don’t let the door hit ya, etc....


10 posted on 02/28/2011 1:58:53 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: RonF

When Mahoney turns 80 and is no longer eligible to sit on the College of Cardinals to elect a pope.


11 posted on 02/28/2011 1:59:39 PM PST by NoKoolAidforMe (1-20-09--The Beginning of an Error..............1-20-13--Change we can look forward to)
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To: NoKoolAidforMe; SevenofNine

Here in Chicago we’ve seen it every time; when someone becomes Abp. of the Diocese of Chicago they get a biretta at the next Conclave. Our current Abp’s prececessor died, so I don’t remember if there was a “wait for your predecessor to age out” issue.


12 posted on 02/28/2011 2:03:36 PM PST by RonF
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To: AnAmericanMother
A couple weeks ago, I assisted at Mass in St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Staunton VA. The physical plant was beautiful, and had clearly been restored/renovated within the last decade or so. Fresh, clean real stained glass, gothic style interior etc. Very nice. I almost didn't notice the lack of a communion rail at first ... they made available a small portable kneeler for those who wished to receive Holy Communion while kneeling. Mass done right, good music, very traditional bookstore ...

I couldn't believe I was in the DDR.

OTOH, Tidewater (Chesapeake/Norfolk/VA Beach) is still a mess. Less of a mess than it used to be.

13 posted on 02/28/2011 2:04:13 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: RonF

Probably not until Mahony goes off to face the Judge whom we all shall face.


14 posted on 02/28/2011 2:05:46 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: RonF
How long before Abp. Gomez becomes Cardinal Gomez?

If memory serves they don't like to have two Cardinals eligible to vote for the next pontiff from the same Archdiocese, which is why Archbisop Dolan in New York hasn't been elevated yet. Archbishop Gomez may have to wait until Cardinal Mahoney hits 80.

15 posted on 02/28/2011 2:05:58 PM PST by K-Stater
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To: NoKoolAidforMe

Well, that’s assuming he lives to 80. But no, we’re not supposed to hope that he won’t. . . . We’re supposed to pray for his conversion before he dies.

In any case, it will be a year or two or three at least, since a consistory was just held last fall.


16 posted on 02/28/2011 2:06:15 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: RonF

I think you meant “consistory” not conclave.

Yeah, the last several Chicago archbishops died in office. The other commenters are right—Gomez can’t become a cardinal as long as Mahoney is alive or under 80.


17 posted on 02/28/2011 2:08:21 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: NYer

” “I am challenged by his call for us to live the Gospel – to find Christ among the poor, to love the immigrant as our neighbor and our friend.””

Liberation theology, here we come...


18 posted on 02/28/2011 2:09:53 PM PST by DesScorp
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To: Cicero
And my experience is that they don’t usually fire the lay staffers and catechists, but wait for them to retire,

IMO, that is a colossal mistake. Mid-level bureaucrats wield inordinate power.

The queers, feminists, socialists, liberation theology types, etc all need to be removed sooner rather than later.

Queer priests need to go, too.

19 posted on 02/28/2011 2:10:32 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
That is my parish, which Mass were you assisting at?.

We have the best monsignor in the world, and just about the worst Deacon.

20 posted on 02/28/2011 2:14:43 PM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: verga
1) To "assist at Mass" means I was there sittin' my on fat arse in the pew etc ... ;'} (Remember ... we don't "attend". It's not a performance. We participate ... "assist" the Priest in offering the Mass.)

2) I was at the 0830 Mass, IIRC. The Deacon did have a very energetic style of preaching.

21 posted on 02/28/2011 2:29:56 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: DesScorp

Oh please. He has to say this stuff, because Mahony is now going off to “minister to the immigrants” and obviously intends to undercut Gomez every step of the way.

This is the usual garbage where a left-wing Northern European American goes off to tell Catholic Spanish Americans how they really shouldn’t believe their religion and it’s really all about getting state benefits. But it’s a scenario very popular with the press.

Gomez is very orthodox. Orthodox Spaniards and Latin Americans are just about the most orthodox people in the Catholic universe.


22 posted on 02/28/2011 2:31:09 PM PST by livius
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To: Houghton M.

Thanks for the correction! And yes, now that I think of it, other recent Cardinals of the Chicago Archdiocese have died in office, so this wouldn’t have been an issue.


23 posted on 02/28/2011 2:31:44 PM PST by RonF
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To: livius

I read somewhere I think it was UK Telegraph that be was once member of organization Oped dei the organization famous picture in Divinci Code that movie


24 posted on 02/28/2011 2:35:39 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: ArrogantBustard; AnAmericanMother; tioga
Bp. Walter Sullivan retired years ago, and the Dreadful Diocese of Richmond is still pretty dreadful.

Be patient. The longer a 'progressive' bishop has served in a particular diocese, the more damage inflicted. Here in the Dioceses of Albany and Rochester, the two bishops (former seminarians) have altered the catholic culture over the span of 30+ years. Any incoming bishop will have to take a gradual approach, so as not to lose the catholic community already in place. The predecessors of these two bishops were also progressive; IOW, future bishops will be confronted with 3 generations educated in that mindset. There is still a healthy body of (underground) catholics waiting for a restoration of orthodox catholicism in our respective dioceses. They have been waiting a long time. Our prayer is that Pope Benedict XVI will still be here to appoint the successors.

25 posted on 02/28/2011 2:36:42 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: All
At the transition Mass, Archbishop Gomez graciously thanked the cardinal for his leadership of the archdiocese over the course of 26 years. Cardinal Mahony's legacy, he said, is “a Church that radiates the love of God and the truth of the Gospel.”

“He has shown us what Christ wants his Church to be – a communion of cultures and a communion of saints, one family of God drawn from every country, race, and language.” The archbishop said that Cardinal Mahony “has helped us open our hearts, to love God and to love our brothers and sisters.”

Here's just a little bit of Mahony's legacy:
Deposition paints an unflattering portrait of Mahony [Exchanges show failure to take responsibility]
Mahony blesses L.A.'s rally [pro-(illegal)immigration rally]
Cardinal Mahony speaks on illegal immigration
Gathering calls for 'fair and humane' immigration policies [Catholic Bishops on immigration reform]
(Cardinal) Mahony assaulted near L.A.'s cathedral
SoCal's other wayward bishop [Tod D. Brown makes Cardinal Mahony look like a saint]
Catholic Church abuse settlement, appropriate or unjustified?
Mahony's Tainted Legacy: Many priests’ sex crimes will stay secret, but now some victims can rest
Nobody Would be Happier Than Me to See Cdl. Mahony Go
About $67 per Catholic, more than $1 million per parish [Cost of LA settlement in perspective]
Phony Mahony & the Homosexual Priest Cover-Up
Keeping Secrets: The Laity, the Latin Mass and the LA Settlement
L.A. Archdiocese Finalizes Abuse Settlement in Court
Local Victim Finds Hope In L.A. Archdiocese Case
LA [Archdiocese] Church Settlement Goes to Courtroom
LA cardinal apologies, offers record abuse deal
LA Cardinal Apologizes to Plaintiffs
L.A. Archdiocese to Pay $600M to sex crime Victims
L.A. Catholic Church Abuse Cases Could Yield Half-Billion Dollar Settlement (announcement Monday)
Los Angeles archdiocesan chancery to be sold off
Mahony-Inspired Sanctuary Movement
mahony & the invisible video, again
How to solve a problem like Mahony
MahonyFest 2007 - Jim Wallis a key speaker
the mahony files [what does the Cardinal know, and when did the Cardinal know it?]
State Supreme Court tells cardinal (Mahony) to turn over files
Personnel files show LA archdiocese ignored complaints about priest misconduct for decades
Text of Cardinal Mahony's Deposition
Cardinal Untruths: Mahony’s Testimony in Sex Scandal Clashes with Earlier Statements and Reality

26 posted on 02/28/2011 2:37:31 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: Cicero

Agreed! Apologies for not including me in my post #25.


27 posted on 02/28/2011 2:39:14 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer
The Taj Mahoney should be sold for whatever they can get for it, and then the new bishop should build a real cathedral, no matter how small, or rehab the old one.

Either that, of just blow the thing up... And salt the earth.

28 posted on 02/28/2011 2:41:27 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: NYer
Be patient

That's my point. ;'} The mess Uncle Wally made in the DDR will not be cleaned up entirely by Bp. Di Lorenzo. Similarly, the mess Mahony made in Los Angeles will not be cleaned up entirely by Abp. Gomez.

29 posted on 02/28/2011 2:43:21 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
The Taj Mahoney should be imploded by a firm of explosive demolition experts.

I would pay good money for a chance to push the big red button.

30 posted on 02/28/2011 2:45:24 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
I could not agree with you more.
The Our Lady of the Angels building is a dank, cold, unlovely, depressing monstrosity, not to mention the bald asexual misrepresentation of Our Lady over the entrance.
The only good part is the nice, spacious plaza. One needs that outdoor fresh air and space after having been inside the sad edifice.
31 posted on 02/28/2011 2:47:35 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: NYer

cardinal morony


32 posted on 02/28/2011 2:47:56 PM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: SevenofNine; livius

Yes, an earlier article said that the new Archbishop is a member of Opus Dei. Still is, presumably, since it’s not something he would need to retire from.

Opus Dei was given the villain’s role in the da Vinci Code because liberals who attack or undermine the Church hate Opus Dei.


33 posted on 02/28/2011 2:48:23 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NYer

So happy for our brothers and sisters in LA! Let the healing begin!!!!


34 posted on 02/28/2011 3:07:32 PM PST by mockingbyrd
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To: ArrogantBustard; St_Thomas_Aquinas; La Enchiladita
The Taj Mahoney should be imploded by a firm of explosive demolition experts.

My only plea: let me and some quick-working friends with a cherry picker get those beautiful tapestries out of there! What a beautiful ikonostasis they would make - or in between the Stations of the Cross . . . .


35 posted on 02/28/2011 3:07:38 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

The tapestries are quite beautiful and quite orthodox. I have no idea how they slipped by Mahony...


36 posted on 02/28/2011 3:41:07 PM PST by livius
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To: Cicero

He’s known to be a member of El Opus (The Work). They’re the good guys. That’s why the liberals hate them.


37 posted on 02/28/2011 3:43:11 PM PST by livius
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To: Cicero

OHHH Yeah now I remember UK Telegraph carry that story about that YEAH when he appoint as Archbishop of LA

Trust me he going get lot of heat from Lib LA Cathoic community big time


38 posted on 02/28/2011 3:45:34 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: La Enchiladita

I am hoping when so called big one hit

I hope it nail that church BIG TIME


39 posted on 02/28/2011 3:46:48 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: NYer

Great to finally see a real bishop occupy the Taj Mahoney!

Btw, does anyone know the Archbishop’s views on immigration? I have heard conflicting information.


40 posted on 02/28/2011 4:06:11 PM PST by WPaCon
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To: livius
He probably dug the fact that the artist put some "ordinary people" in the tapestries, representing the saints that nobody knows . . . not realizing that he was also going to put in a ton of famous saints - all quite recognizable.

I can see John Baptiste de la Salle, Moses the Black, and St. Thomas More in the first one, I think that's St. Andrew Dung-Lac the Vietnamese martyr, St. Aloysius Gonzaga and St. Cyril of Jerusalem in the second.

41 posted on 02/28/2011 4:22:02 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: NYer

Is the new guy an improvement?


42 posted on 02/28/2011 4:24:37 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (Every knife in my back pushes me forward.)
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To: Cicero

If the new Archbishop is in Opus Dei he is even better than I had heard.


43 posted on 02/28/2011 4:36:45 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Colin Firth Rules!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Hey, now! The Taj Mahal is a beautiful building.


44 posted on 02/28/2011 4:38:35 PM PST by RichInOC (OHAI CEILING KITTEH. WE CAN HAS URFKWAKE? KTHXBAI.)
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To: AnAmericanMother
My only plea: let me and some quick-working friends with a cherry picker get those beautiful tapestries out of there! What a beautiful ikonostasis they would make - or in between the Stations of the Cross . . . .

Fair enough. I didn't know that there was anything of value in there. Besides the Eucharist, of course.

45 posted on 02/28/2011 4:46:19 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
We may have to send out a search party for the Eucharist.

The tabernacle is a weird looking thing like three discarded and partially melted organ pipes, stuck away in a side chapel behind the altar.


46 posted on 02/28/2011 5:29:15 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Probably. I doubt that after all those years as a raving heretic, Mahony would even have recognized the famous saints.

I hope Abp Gomez is able to turn things around. He has actually been coadjutor for quite a while, I believe; Mahony was quietly removed from actual authority some time ago.

Personally, I think it was at his request. His mismanagement had already bankrupted the diocese, but it looked as if the case was going to turn to him personally and I think he wanted out. That was why he was so quiet about being removed.

I have heard that he may actually still be sued personally for his involvement in this case. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.


47 posted on 02/28/2011 6:29:21 PM PST by livius
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To: livius
Could be. He certainly has mismanaged just about every thing he put his hands on.

Was he one of the Jadot fraternity?

48 posted on 02/28/2011 6:40:41 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: NYer
Cardinal Mahony retires, passes leadership in LA to Archbishop Gomez
Cardinal Roger Mahony passes leadership of L.A. Archdiocese to Jose Gomez
LA Catholic Leader Cardinal Roger Mahony Steps Aside [Today!!]
Archbishop Gomez Analyzes Future Of Hispanics In US Catholic Church [“US was founded by Hispanics”]
Archbishop Gomez urges conversion at Los Angeles welcoming ceremony

Thousands attend ceremony for next L.A. cardinal
Why Transitions Matter (Mahony to Gomez in Los Angeles)
Bishop answers readers' tough questions about immigration
Cardinal Roger Mahony's Religious and Political Agenda
Suspended Gay Calif. Priest Laments: Abp. Gomez a 'Sharp Thrust to the Right' for LA Diocese
More Bogus Charges Against Archbishop Gomez
SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT NAMES SAN ANTONIO ARCHDIOCESE
Latino Immigrants Proud That L.A.'s Next Archbishop Is 'One of Us' [Can We Get Rid of Ethnic Pride?]
In Defense of Archbishop Gomez's Handling of Abuse Scandals
Archbishop Gomez: Who is He?

Why Archbishop Gomez is like other Bishops Appointed by Pope Benedict
An Interview with Archbishop José H. Gomez
Gomez vows to be an advocate for L.A.'s immigrants...(misleading title alert!)
San Antonio's Archbishop José Gomez named by Pope to be successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony. ...
Precious words from the archbishop... [Jose Gomez]
New Coadjutor of Los Angeles One of 22 Opus Dei Bishops
Opus Dei Seeks to Make Everyday Life Holier
Archbishop Gomez 'deeply grateful' for Los Angeles appointment
Cardinal Mahony grateful LA will have Hispanic archbishop
Vatican: Archbishop Gomez appointed to Archdiocese of LA

Pope's 'Revenge' As LA Gets Opus Dei Bishop [Pope's "Revenge" on Hollywood Sodomites!]
Gomez Holds Both Conservative And Progressive Views [Denounced College for Pro-Abortion HRC Invite]
Pope Names Latino Leader For L.A. Archdiocese [Member of Conservative Opus Dei Movement]/a>
Historic Appointment to LA Archdiocese
Report: Gomez is going to L.A.
It's Official: New Archbishop [Gomez} for Los Angeles
El Tiempo Ha Venido -- Reports: (Archbishop) Gomez Up to LA (Catholic Caucus)
[To replace Cardinal Mahony] Vatican rumor: an American prelate in play?
Los Angeles Getting a New Archbishop (Part 1)
Los Angeles Getting a New Archbishop (Part 2)

49 posted on 02/28/2011 6:47:38 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ArrogantBustard

**The recovery just won’t be visible overnight.**

This is true. Look at how many years that Cardinal Mahony has been in LA. It will take a long time to undo some of Mahony’s stuff.


50 posted on 02/28/2011 6:49:05 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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