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  • The Big Question about the Pope’s Thursday Homily

    01/17/2014 6:16:35 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies ^ | 1/17/14 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    On Thursday, Pope Francis preached against scandal and harm caused by corrupt clergy when he concelebrated Mass with two cardinals. One of the cardinals was Roger Mahony, the former archbishop of Los Angeles. A fair evaluation of Mahony’s ecclesiastical career would suggest, among other things, that he showed greater interest in fashionable causes than in the counter-cultural moral demands of the Catholic faith, that he conveyed a noticeably “thin” understanding of the Mass, that he had no qualms about showing ecclesiastical approval of pro-abortion politicians, and that at the very least he handled cases of sexual abuse extraordinarily badly, deliberately...
  • For Roger Mahony, clergy abuse cases were a threat to agenda

    12/01/2013 3:33:53 PM PST · by jeannineinsd · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/1/2013 | Harriet Ryan, Ashley Powers, Victoria Kim
    From the start of his tenure as the leader of L.A.'s Catholics, Roger Mahony had ambitious plans for the archdiocese. But clergy molestation claims were vying for his attention. A year after arriving in Los Angeles, the youngest archbishop in the U.S. Catholic Church had a schedule and an agenda befitting a presidential candidate. Roger Mahony raced around the city in a chauffeured sedan, exhorting labor leaders to support immigrant rights and rallying hundreds against a proposed prison in Boyle Heights. Where his predecessors had talked up praying the rosary, Mahony touted his positions on nuclear disarmament and Middle East...
  • For Roger Mahony, clergy abuse cases were a threat to agenda

    11/30/2013 6:10:45 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies ^ | December 01, 2013 | BY HARRIET RYAN, ASHLEY POWERS AND VICTORIA KIM
    A year after arriving in Los Angeles, the youngest archbishop in the U.S. Catholic Church had a schedule and an agenda befitting a presidential candidate. advertisement Roger Mahony raced around the city in a chauffeured sedan, exhorting labor leaders to support immigrant rights and rallying hundreds against a proposed prison in Boyle Heights. Where his predecessors had talked up praying the rosary, Mahony touted his positions on nuclear disarmament and Middle East peace, porn on cable TV and AIDS prevention. No issue seemed outside his purview: When an earthquake struck El Salvador, he cut a $100,000 check. When a 7-year-old...
  • LA Archbishop Gomez keeps Mahony's promise to push for immigration reform

    03/27/2013 8:13:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 11 replies
    Take Two ^ | March 27th, 2013, 7:35am | Charles Castaldi
    President Obama said he expects Congress to introduce an immigration reform bill next month. The Los Angeles Archdiocese has played a key role in advocating for change. Before he was stripped of his duties for mishandling sex abuse cases, Cardinal Roger Mahony was a leading voice on immigration reform. snip Salas says that Mahony’s successor, Archbishop Jose Gomez, might not be speaking at rallies as much and certainly maintains a lower public profile, but he is very active in pushing for immigration reform. “I was in a meeting with President Obama a couple of weeks ago at the White House...
  • LA archdiocese, Cardinal Mahony settle sex abuse cases

    03/13/2013 8:23:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    DNA ^ | Mar 13, 2013 | Reuters
    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony and a former priest have agreed to pay a total of nearly $10 million to settle four child sex abuse cases brought against them, lawyers for the victims said on Tuesday. Mahony, who retired in 2011 as head of the largest U.S. archdiocese and is now in Rome taking part in choosing a new pope, was accused of helping a confessed pedophile priest evade law enforcement by sending him out of state to a church-run treatment center, then placing the priest back in the Los Angeles ministry. As part of...
  • Why is Cardinal Mahony Voting in the Conclave?

    03/11/2013 7:00:00 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 28 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | March 11, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Could you please comment on the assertions by Cardinal Mahony [of Los Angeles, California] that he is required to participate in the upcoming conclave? Many Catholics are grouping to protest his participation. –Douglas A: Douglas is referring to the highly publicized case of the Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, Roger Cardinal Mahony, who is currently in Rome to participate in the conclave, now scheduled to begin on March 12. Unlike the other cardinal-electors, Cardinal Mahony’s presence here has unleashed a storm of criticism from Catholics around the world, who have been insisting that he should recuse himself from voting...
  • The Brazen Clericalism of Cardinal Mahony

    02/21/2013 4:48:22 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 21, 2013 | George Neumayr
    As archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony was famous for his petulance, dispatching angry letters to priests and others whom he considered insufficiently deferential. But now that he finds himself in a subordinate position as a retired and rebuked bishop he displays none of the deference he once demanded.No sooner had his successor stripped him of his diocese-wide “administrative” and “public” duties than the cardinal took to his “blog” to pout over the demotion through a snubbing letter. Hinting at a powerful faction of Los Angeles movers and shakers behind him while adopting a tone of passive-aggressive innocence, Cardinal Mahony...
  • LA Archbishop Relieves Retired Cardinal of Duties [Mahony, sex abuse fallout]

    02/01/2013 7:10:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 86 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/1/13 | Gillian Flaccus
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardinal Roger Mahony, who retired with a tainted career after dodging criminal charges over how he handled pedophile priests, was stripped of duties by his successor as a judge ordered confidential church personnel files released. The unprecedented move by Archbishop Jose Gomez came less than two weeks after other long-secret priest personnel records showed how Mahony worked with top aides to protect the Roman Catholic church from the engulfing scandal. One of those aides, Monsignor Thomas Curry stepped down Thursday as auxiliary bishop in the Los Angeles archdiocese's Santa Barbara region. Gomez said Mahony, 76, would...
  • "Nothing Equipped Me To Deal With This" – After Gomez Rebuke, Mahony Hits Back (Cath Caucus)

    02/02/2013 10:27:16 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    Hours after Cardinal Roger Mahony's successor announced that the retired LA prelate would "no longer have any administrative or public duties" in the nation's largest diocese after the release of damning sex-abuse files from early in Mahony's quarter-century tenure, it should come as little surprise that the "born fighter" wouldn't take Archbishop José Gomez's blockbuster move quietly. At 11.30am Pacific, the cardinal posted a letter he wrote to Gomez in response on his blog.  Dated today, below is the full text, with Mahony's preceding explanatory note. *    *    * Friends in Christ,This morning I sent this letter to Archbishop Jose...
  • Waiting for the hat to drop: Card. Mahony relieved of duties in Los Angeles [Catholic Caucus]

    02/01/2013 1:51:36 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 1, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Archbishop of Los Angeles, Most Rev. José H. Gomez, has said “Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties.” See the pdf of the letter HERE.What this means is that His Eminence cannot be any sort of representative for the sitting Archbishop or for the Archdiocese. Canon law itself gives Cardinal some faculties. According to can. 357§2, “in those matters which pertain to their own person, cardinals living outside of Rome and outside their own diocese are exempt from the power of governance of the bishop of the...
  • Did Cardinal Mahony Hide His Bishop's Kids? (Catholic Caucus)

    01/12/2012 3:48:39 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | January 12, 2012 | George Neumayr
    Through his well-chronicled derelictions of duty, Roger Mahony, the cardinal emeritus of Los Angeles, placed a number of ticking time bombs near his successor's feet. Last week, one of them went off. Archbishop Jose Gomez, who replaced Mahony last year, announced that Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Gabino Zavala had submitted his resignation to the Vatican after fessing up about two children he fathered years before.The media fatuously describes this scandal as Archbishop Gomez's first "controversy." But it belongs entirely to his predecessor. Cardinal Mahony appointed Zavala to his position in 1994. Did Cardinal Mahony know about Zavala's children? (The Los...
  • Vatican consultant responds to Cardinal Mahoney ‘Christ gave Judas communion’ argument

    03/16/2011 12:33:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 15, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    DETROIT, Michgan, March 15, 2011 ( - Canon lawyer and Vatican legal consultant Edward Peters has countered one cardinal’s argument that publicly pro-abortion politicians should be granted communion because Jesus Christ gave Holy Communion to Judas Iscariot. Cardinal Roger Mahoney, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles, made the comparison in an interview with Los Angeles Times reporter Tim Rutten published March 9. Mahoney said that politicians shouldn’t be punished if they “aren’t able to act” on their Catholic principles and claimed, in Rutten’s words, that “canon law ... puts the responsibility for worthy receipt of the sacrament on the person approaching...
  • Cardinal Mahony retires, passes leadership in LA to Archbishop Gomez

    02/28/2011 1:28:23 PM PST · by NYer · 57 replies
    cna ^ | February 28, 2011 | Benjamin Mann
    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...
  • L.A. archbishop talks immigration at UNC

    02/03/2011 3:03:53 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    News & Observer ^ | Feb 03, 2011 | YONAT SHIMRON
    As a 10 year-old boy working alongside Mexican workers in a Hollywood, Calif., poultry processing plant owned by his father, Cardinal Roger Mahony said he felt terrorized when the border patrol raided the business one day and intimidated workers with their guns. It was one of many experiences that made Mahony, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, the church's most outspoken advocate on behalf of immigration reform. Wednesday night he spoke about the issue to students, professors and fellow Catholics during a lecture at UNC Chapel Hill's FedEx Global Education Center. Stories such as the one he told might...
  • US cardinal urges Catholics to take ‘St. Francis Pledge’ on climate change

    10/01/2010 6:50:23 AM PDT · by Antioch · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 30, 2010
    In a letter to parishes dated October 4-- the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi-- Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles will announce the formation of the Archdiocesan Creation Sustainability Ministry, according to the electronic newsletter of the Catholic Climate Covenant. “We exhort our faith communities and all our brothers and sisters to take the St. Francis Pledge, an initiative that urges Catholics nationwide to pray for, learn about, assess, act and advocate for populations affected by climate change, especially those that are most vulnerable,” Cardinal Mahony adds. “The St. Francis Pledge is a promise and a commitment by Catholic...
  • Deposition paints an unflattering portrait of Mahony

    06/21/2010 8:48:51 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 8 replies
    I've said many times that Cardinal Roger Mahony should stop resisting the release of church documents in the sex abuse scandal. But after a Mahony deposition in a molestation case was made public by the courts last week at the request of The Times, I can see why the cardinal has fought to keep things under wraps. The deposition involved former priest Michael Baker, who is now serving a 10-year sentence for molestation. After he confessed to Mahony in 1986 that he had molested two boys, Mahony sent him to one of the drive-through "treatment" centers used by the church...
  • Deposition paints an unflattering portrait of Mahony [Exchanges show failure to take responsibility]

    06/19/2010 12:46:41 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies · 142+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 20, 2010 | Steve Lopez
    Consider this exchange between the cardinal and attorney John Manly, who was representing one of Baker's...victims: Manly: I mean, you would agree with me that the first thing any priest should do … when you learn that a priest has molested a child is call the police, right? Mahony: Not necessarily. It's not a difficult question. A child is abused; that's a crime, so you call the police and rush to the aid of the minor, right? Not Mahony. And despite admitting mistakes, he continues to blame his failure on the times, the circumstances, the procedures that were in place....
  • Thousands attend ceremony for next L.A. cardinal

    05/27/2010 8:34:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies · 445+ views
    VC Star ^ | May 26, 2010 | Tom Kisken
    Cardinal Roger Mahony greets Archbishop José H. Gomez during the welcoming Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Wednesday. They came from everywhere: cardinals in red skullcaps from the Vatican and Philadelphia, priests and parishioners from Newbury Park, Camarillo and Ventura who battled motion sickness on commuter trains or prayed for parking. Juan Cano, a 27-year-old Camarillo seminarian, stood outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles on Wednesday, his tie rippling in the breeze, for the same reason as the 4,000 others: History. He came to watch Coadjutor Archbishop José H....
  • Why Transitions Matter (Mahony to Gomez in Los Angeles)

    05/25/2010 3:47:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 236+ views
    WITL ^ | May 25, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    On Saturday evening, already feeling "the enormity" of what lay ahead, the figure who'll become Los Angeles' fifth archbishop arrived quietly at LAX, accompanied by his two sisters. Whether José Gomez's Ford Taurus has likewise made the trip remains unclear at press time. Still, as one local op noted, the reserved prelate's inauspicious touchdown was a far cry from the old days -- in February 1948, Archbishop-elect James McIntyre's train was met outside the city by the 36 year-old auxiliary, Bishop Timothy Manning, who escorted the New Yorker into Downtown, where a frenzied crowd of thousands waited at the...
  • Cardinal: Catholics are key to achieving immigration reform [ or stopping it ]

    05/06/2010 7:06:36 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 28 replies · 517+ views
    the-tidings ^ | 5-7-10 | Mike Nelson
    Arizona's new immigration enforcement law, roundly criticized by many Catholic leaders as repressive, offers the country an opportunity to rally behind - and the Catholic Church to lead the quest for - comprehensive and humane immigration reform legislation, Cardinal Roger Mahony said May 3 at Fordham University in New York. "The Catholic community is central to victory and justice on this issue," said the cardinal. "We are an immigrant Church ourselves, since the founding days of the Republic. The immigrant experience is our own, having come to these shores from all parts of the world. We should be front and...
  • Church Leaders Join Calls for Opposition to Arizona Immigration Law

    05/06/2010 1:39:59 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 39 replies · 545+ views
    Catholic New York ^ | By MARY ANN POUST
    The chairman of the U.S. bishops Committee on Migration and Archbishop Dolan have joined a growing chorus of opposition to Arizona's harsh new immigration law— while Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles told a Fordham University audience this week that the law could have the unintended effect of reviving the immigration reform movement. "Thank you, Arizona," said Cardinal Mahony at a May 3 forum at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan titled "Immigration Reform: A Moral Imperative." "With the stroke of her pen, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer not only signed into law the country's most retrogressive, mean-spirited and useless anti-immigrant...
  • Bishops to the Left of Senate Dems on Immigration

    05/03/2010 10:50:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 22 replies · 291+ views
    RightSideNews ^ | 03 May 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    In commenting on the "Real Enforcement with Practical Answers for Immigration Reform" (REPAIR) proposal offered by Senate Democrats, the top Catholic in the U.S. on immigration issues says that it spends too much money on border enforcement and not enough on bailing out the economies of Mexico and Central America. Bishop John C. Wester, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration issued a statement on Friday declaring that the Bishops "have concerns about the increases in enforcement resources contained in the framework" because "the United States has poured billions of dollars into immigration enforcement" and...
  • Suspended Gay Calif. Priest Laments: Abp. Gomez a 'Sharp Thrust to the Right' for LA Diocese

    04/28/2010 6:32:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 445+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | April 27, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert
    FRESNO, California, April 26, 2010 ( - A suspended gay activist Fresno priest has expressed dismay over the pope's appointment of Archbishop José Gomez to head the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in place of Cardinal Roger Mahony.California Catholic Daily last week highlighted Rev. Geoffrey Farrow's April 17 blog post referring to Gomez's appointment: "What does this mean for the future of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles and California? It means a sharp thrust to the right." Rev. Farrow was suspended from the priesthood in 2008 when he declared himself an open homosexual and urged his congregation to vote against Proposition 8,...

    04/20/2010 3:57:17 PM PDT · by Drango · 39 replies · 753+ views
    Mahoney's blog ^ | 4/18/10 | Cardinal Roger Mahoney
    ARIZONA'S DREADFUL ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW The Arizona legislature just passed the country's most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law [SB 1070, awaiting the expected signature of Gov. Jan Brewer]. The tragedy of the law is its totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources. That is not only false, the premise is nonsense. What led the Arizona legislature to pass such a law is so obvious to all of us who have been working for federal comprehensive immigration reform: the present immigration system is completely incapable of balancing our nation's need for labor...
  • Get your own official Cardinal Mahony casket today!

    04/17/2010 8:45:47 PM PDT · by Balt · 3 replies · 363+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 4/17/2010 | The Priestly Pugilist
    The Saturday afternoon post in my rectory usually remains unopened until Tuesday morning;—there's certainly nothing I'm going to do with it on a Saturday or Sunday, and I'm off on Monday—but, for some reason I came in from Saturday evening Vespers and decided to open it today anyway. Among the bills was one of the strangest advertisements I've ever received. It's from the Trappist Monks at New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, Indiana. After a brief instruction on how the Rule of St. Benedict requires the monks to earn a living by the work of their hands, comes the deadpan pitch:...
  • An Interview with Archbishop José H. Gomez

    04/07/2010 8:34:37 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 5 replies · 276+ views ^ | April 7, 2010, 12:02 am | Louie Verrecchio
    Blessing for the City of Angels At the USCCB Fall Meeting in Baltimore in November of 2008, I had the privilege of sitting down for a brief conversation with the man that Pope Benedict XVI recently named as Coadjutor and the next Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Most Reverend José H. Gomez, S.T.D. As I made arrangements for the interview that afternoon, I’ll never forget what the USCCB Media Relations staffer said to me just before His Excellency and I sat down, “Be nice to Archbishop Gomez, he’s my friend!” I soon got a sense for why this...
  • Latino Archbishop to Head the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

    04/07/2010 5:49:07 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 14 replies · 374+ views
    LAist ^ | April 6, 2010 | Zach Behrens
    Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio takes questions from the media at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels this morning | AP Photo/Damian DovarganesJose Gomez, the current Archbishop of San Antonio, is slated to take over the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, according to the LA Times, which notes that the Archdiocese is "by far the nation’s largest and is dominated by parishioners with roots in his native Mexico." He will take over for Cardinal Roger Mahony. Mahony, who was known for his progressive ways, his stance on immigration rights and whose name was dragged through the clergy sex...
  • [To replace Cardinal Mahony] Vatican rumor: an American prelate in play?

    03/03/2010 10:53:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 554+ views ^ | March 1, 2010 | Phil Lawler
    Vatican rumor: an American prelate in play?    By Phil Lawler | March 01, 2010 4:14 PM Cardinal Roger Mahony celebrated his 74th birthday on Saturday, and at his suggestion the Los Angeles archdiocese has already begun praying for his successor: a coadjutor archbishop whose appointment is expected in the near future. It will be a very important appointment, so naturally the rumor mills in Rome are working overtime, churning out the names of possible leaders for the largest archdiocese in the US.One professional Vatican-watcher, Paolo Rodari, reports that he is hearing the name of Archbishop James Harvey mentioned frequently. As...
  • Search for successor to LA's Cardinal Mahony has begun

    02/11/2010 6:02:14 PM PST · by Deo volente · 12 replies · 292+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 11, 2010 | Gillian Flaccus
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles confirmed Thursday that a search is under way for a successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony, who has spent 25 years as the spiritual leader of the nation's largest diocese. Mahony turns 74 on Feb. 27 and under church rules, bishops submit their resignation at age 75 to the pope.
  • Los Angeles Getting a New Archbishop (Part 1)

    01/30/2010 10:23:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies · 1,148+ views ^ | January 29, 2009 | Michae Barber
    Friday, January 29, 2010 Los Angeles Getting a New Archbishop (Part 1) Catholic blogger Thomas Peters over at the American Papist has been posting (here, here, and here) that a coadjuter bishop has been appointed for Los Angeles. Rocco Palmo at Whispers in the Loggia has confirmed that something is imminent, reporting that the news will come around the cardinal's 74th birthday, February 27th. The coadjuter would of course become Cardinal Mahony's successor (for more on what Church law says about coadjutor bishops go here). That an appointment has already been made was denied by the official diocesan spokesman, but...
  • For (Cardinal) Mahony, Twilight... and "Shadow"

    01/30/2010 3:30:25 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies · 546+ views
    WITL ^ | January 30, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    Over recent months, a growing wildfire of chatter -- both from the West Coast and points beyond -- has carried word of an expedited timetable on what'll arguably be Benedict XVI's most important pick for the Stateside bench: the pontiff's choice of a successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony as head of the nation's largest local church, the 5 million-member archdiocese of Los Angeles. While this desk has spent practically all of January tracking the talk -- hence the low posting of late -- the story broke into the open late last week after the American Papist blogger Thomas Peters...
  • Successor chosen for Cardinal Mahony in Los Angeles?

    01/23/2010 2:03:42 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 26 replies · 892+ views
    Catholic ^ | Jan. 22, 2010 | Staff
    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...
  • Abortion in Health Care "Way Beyond my Field": Cardinal Mahoney

    09/23/2009 5:22:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies · 2,455+ views
    Life Site News ^ | September 23, 2009 | John Jalsevac
    September 23, 2009 ( - In a recent interview with, Cardinal Roger Mahoney declined to answer a question about whether or not he agreed with Cardinal Justin Rigali that the Obama health care bill should include language explicitly excluding any public funding of abortion. "This is way beyond my field," the cardinal responded."My field is immigration," said Mahoney, who is the archbishop of Los Angeles. "I really haven't kept up on that, and I spend all my time on this other. You have to get somebody who spends time on that."When asked whether he believed abortion should be funded under...
  • Cardinal Mahony Calls Kennedy A Champion Of The Powerless

    08/26/2009 11:10:43 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 103 replies · 1,736+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 26, 2009
    Cardinal Mahony calls Kennedy a champion of the powerless August 26, 2009 Cardinal Roger Mahony issued a statement today calling the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) a champion of "the voiceless, the powerless and the most needy of our citizens." Mahony recalled how the two worked together after the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act was introduced in 2007. Kennedy "was keenly aware of the plight of immigrant peoples in our nation and was an advocate for their rights and their full inclusion into the culture and economy of our country." Mahony was one of several prominent California figures to issue...
  • Gnarly: from abuse victim, to prostitute, to surfer, to minister

    07/19/2009 4:53:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 974+ views
    Deacon's bench ^ | July 18, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    A former champion surfer, Mary Setterholm suffered sexual abuse and turned to prostitution before finding a new path. Next month, she’ll begin the master’s of divinity program at Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary. Real life stories of redemption and healing don't get much better than this. How long until Lifetime turns it into a movie? From the Los Angeles Times: It's another beautiful day in paradise and I'm out on the ocean, riding waves with a former national surfing champion and onetime prostitute who's about to join a seminary. Go ahead, try to name one other state where I could...
  • People (Cardinal) Mahony has not banned (but first put down the cup of java)

    03/05/2009 10:00:28 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 866+ views
    CMR ^ | March 5, 2009 | matthew archbold
    Cardinal Roger Mahony on Tuesday banned Holocaust-denying British Bishop Richard Williamson from any Roman Catholic church, school or other facility in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. If this isn't piling on, I don't know what is. The blog has had plenty to say about Bishop Williamson but this is pretty darn ridiculous coming from Cardinal Mahony. In The Tidings, Mahony wrote: In the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Williamson is hereby banned from entering any Catholic church, school or other facility, until he and his group comply fully and unequivocally with the Vatican's directives regarding the Holocaust. Later this year, I, Cardinal...
  • Cardinal Mahony under federal fraud probe over abusive priests, sources say

    01/28/2009 5:39:18 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 53 replies · 987+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 28, 2009 | Scott Glover and Jack Leonard
    The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles is pursuing the theory that the prelate deprived parishioners of 'the right of honest services' by failing to protect their children from predatory clerics. By Scott Glover and Jack Leonard 4:44 PM PST, January 28, 2009 The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has launched a federal grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in connection with his response to the alleged molestation of children by priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the case. The probe, in which U.S. Atty. Thomas P. O'Brien is personally involved,...
  • Devil Worship Promoted at the Front Lines of the LA Cathedral (Catholic Caucus)

    08/22/2008 2:01:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 372+ views
    CMR ^ | August 22, 2008 | D Mac
    I was able to visit the Los Angeles Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels yesterday. More will be said on its architecture in a later post. However, I did visit the gift shop, which has many nice Catholic books and other things. The problem came when I began talking with a man who worked there. His customer service couldn't have been better. His shiny jewelry and over-the-top attitude was a bit off-putting, but it was California, after all. My friend was looking for a rosary for his girlfriend, and the store worker started asking him about her favorite colors,...
  • Reflection: The Pope's Pastoral Visit (from Roger Cardinal Mahony)

    04/26/2008 6:21:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 74+ views
    The Tidings ^ | April 25, 2008 | Roger Cardinal Mahony
    Pope Benedict XVI came as our Pastor and as our Shepherd, and he spoke to us of our most human joys and sorrows, our hopes and our failures. He came in the name of Jesus Christ and he reminded us "to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus" [Hebrews 12:2]. Our Holy Father did not hesitate to lift up for us challenges and difficulties which our Church was facing here in the United States, but he never left us alone with our failures and problems. He stood with us, acknowledged the shame of sinful behavior, and urged us forward in...
  • Jesuit-trained novelist hopes to remake/rewrite the Church

    02/17/2008 3:35:07 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 99+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | February 17, 2008
    Robert Blair Kaiser, the East Valley Tribune informs readers, was once "a young journalist covering the heady and historic Vatican Council II in Rome for Time magazine." It appears that the "the Phoenix journalist and Jesuit-educated Catholic" is still lost in the Sixties, having written eleven books, "including four that deal with a call for church reform in the spirit of that council." His latest is a novel titled Cardinal Mahoney that depicts the Archbishop of Los Angeles being kidnapped by liberation theologians (I'm not making this stuff up; Kaiser is), and taken to a "southern Mexican jungle compound": In...
  • LA Archdiocese Offices Sold for $31M

    01/23/2008 6:25:41 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 53+ views
    AP ^ | January 23, 2008 | JACOB ADELMAN
    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has sold its 12-story administrative headquarters building to help pay last year's $660 million settlement with people alleging sex abuse by clergy, a spokesman said Tuesday.The Archdiocesan Catholic Center was sold to Jamison Properties of Los Angeles for $31 million, archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg said.Staffers who oversee the archdiocese's cemeteries will move to office space on the grounds of a cemetery, Tamberg said. Others will consolidate in four of the building's floors that church officials will lease from the new owner, Tamberg said.Tamberg did not know what would be on the building's other...
  • Hundreds celebrate 'Mananitas' Mass honoring Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/13/2007 4:06:02 PM PST · by Haddit · 6 replies · 199+ views
    Daily News, Los Angeles ^ | 12/12/07 | Tony Castro
    Cardinal Roger Mahony Wednesday called on Roman Catholics to stand in solidarity with immigrants as "one Church, one community, one people of God" as he celebrated the traditional "Mananitas" Mass in honor of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mahony also reaffirmed the commitment of the U.S. bishops to just and human comprehensive reform. "The raids, divisions of families, insecurity in the workplace, lack of drivers' licenses, the stigma of being label 'illegal' without rights - these are injustices faced by our immigrant community crying out for God's intervention," Mahony said in Spanish to a crowd of some...
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe called 'Mother Without Borders' in Los Angeles (Catholic Caucus)

    12/07/2007 1:39:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 29 replies · 2,896+ views
    CNS ^ | Dec-5-2007 | Ellie Hidalgo
    Thousands of Catholics from throughout the greater Los Angeles area gathered in East Los Angeles Dec. 2 to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe as the mother of all peoples -- from every language, race and culture. A mile-long procession, the oldest religious procession in the city honoring Mary, led participants to East Los Angeles College Stadium, where Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and the auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles, numerous priests and more than 15,000 of the faithful gathered for Mass. The theme this year was "Mother Without Borders: Bringing Down the Walls of Injustice." The event was part of a...
  • Cardinal (Mahony) attack: Restraining order requested

    12/07/2007 12:03:09 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 81+ views
    KABC ^ | December 6, 2007
    Attorneys have requested a temporary restraining order against a man they claim threatened Cardinal Roger Mahony and other Los Angeles archdiocese officials. Documents filed yesterday in the restraining order petition accuse Edward George Filek of breaking into Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral early Monday and making threats against Mahony and other cathedral workers. Mahony recently told fellow priests that he was assaulted earlier this year in the wake of the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal. Filek is not linked to that attack.
  • Follow-up: LAPD begins investigation of Cdl. Mahony assault claim

    12/05/2007 10:29:24 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 376+ views
    American Papist ^ | December 5, 2007
    Since yesterday's post about Cardinal Mahony's claim that he was violently assaulted this summer is receiving a great deal of traction, I've decided to post an update. For starters, in today's world you can't simply mention to your priests "Oh, and by the way I was assaulted" and expect it to stay quiet. Indeed, LAPD detectives began investigating Mahony's report yesterday (the same day the story went public): LAPD detectives Tuesday began investigating reports that Cardinal Roger Mahony told hundreds of priests he was assaulted by a man angered over the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal, police said. Police found...
  • (Cardinal) Mahony assaulted near L.A.'s cathedral

    12/04/2007 7:34:02 AM PST · by NYer · 36 replies · 286+ views
    Daily News ^ | December 4, 2007 | Rick Coca
    Cardinal Roger Mahony was physically assaulted by a man enraged by the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal within days of a record settlement with hundreds of victims, the Daily News has learned. Mahony, 71, revealed the attack during an annual conference in October before hundreds of stunned priests, saying a man assaulted him because of the scandal, according to four priests who attended the conference. News of the assault comes as the bulk of the church's $660million settlement with victims began being paid out Monday, with more than $500million in checks going out in the mail. The settlement with 508 alleged...
  • Distinguished record? (Mahony honors Loyola Marymount president)

    09/28/2007 11:31:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 91+ views
    California Catholic ^ | September 27, 2007
    Cardinal Roger Mahony has honored Jesuit Fr. Robert Lawton, president of Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles, as one of the recipients of the 2008 Cardinal’s Award, according to a story in the Sept. 21 edition of the Tidings, the weekly newspaper of the Los Angeles archdiocese. Since 1999, Lawton has had “the vision to integrate the university into all aspects of community life of Los Angeles,” said the Tidings’ article. Under Lawton, the archdiocese and the university have enjoyed amicable relations. With the archdiocese’s Hindu-Catholic Dialogue, the university offered an April 2005 symposium featuring “ecofeminist” Rosemary Radford Ruether, who...
  • Offers of help overwhelm Santa Barbara nuns

    09/11/2007 6:43:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 55 replies · 578+ views
    LATimes ^ | September 11, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson
    Three nuns who recently learned that their Santa Barbara convent would be sold to help cover the costs of Los Angeles' multimillion-dollar priest sexual abuse settlement say they have been overwhelmed with offers of help -- and media attention."The support has been just unbelievable," said Sister Angela Escalera, the local superior of the Sisters of Bethany house. "It's come from all parts of Santa Barbara and outside too. And from all denominations. It's just astounding." She and two other nuns at the small, eastside convent received word in late August that the dwelling, which is owned by the Roman Catholic...
  • spreading the pain (how the Archdiocese of LA is handling its pederasty payments)

    09/09/2007 4:11:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 392+ views
    Off The Record ^ | September 9, 2007 | Diogenes
    In order to raise the cash to make its pederasty payment, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is selling a convent that currently provides a residence for three nuns. The anticipated selling price is a drop in the bucket of the roughly $250 million needed to keep the archbishop out of the witness box meet the Archdiocese's liabilities in the sex-abuse settlements, and the convent is one of about 50 non-parish properties to be sold. The sisters have been asked to vacate the house by the end of December. From the point of view of the archdiocesan business office it's not...
  • Developer restores former L.A. cathedral, converts it into event hall

    09/06/2007 11:09:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 684+ views
    CNA ^ | September 5, 2007
    Los Angeles, Sep 5, 2007 / 10:11 am (CNA).- Thanks to local preservationists and an astute developer, the former cathedral of Los Angeles was returned to its previous structural glory last week. The former St. Vibiana Cathedral, now simply named Vibiana and converted into a concert and events hall, got its 3,500-pound cupola back Aug. 30, reported the L.A. Times. The moment ended an 11-year campaign to save the downtown landmark. The historic cathedral was marked for demolition after it suffered structural damage in a 1994 earthquake. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles decided that repairs would cost more than the...