“Go home now,” Cardinal Roger

“Go home now,” Cardinal Roger


Patrick Brennan reports some troubling news, as if it could get any more bizarre:

The Los Angeles Times expresses confusion, as we all should, about what the heck is going on in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  Three months ago, Archbishop Gomez relieved his predecessor, Roger Cardinal Mahony, of “public duties” in the Archdiocese, including, according to a spokesman for the Archdiocese at the time of Archbishop Gomez’s announcement, celebrating the sacrament of confirmation.  At the moment, however, the Cardinal is traveling around the Archdiocese celebrating that sacrament “every week” (his own words) and telling those who question him about it to “go home now” (his words). Meanwhile, Archbishop Gomez refuses to comment.

Cardinal Mahony’s mishandling of his clergy’s abuse of children boggles the mind and saddens the heart.  A decade after Cardinal Law was pressured into resigning for his own mishandling of such abuse, Mahony continued the mishandling right up until he submitted his resignation as required at the age of 75, and his successor, who surely knew much or all of what Mahony had done to hide the abuse, distanced himself and the Archdiocese from Mahony only when files Mahony had endlessly litigated to keep secret became public. Two years Archbishop Gomez waited, and when at last he relieved Mahony of his “public duties,” he did so only for purposes of a phony publicity stunt, it would now seem.

Only the Pope can discipline a Cardinal, but Archbishop Gomez has jurisdiction over the confirmation schedule in his own Archdiocese.  We can hope that Pope Francis will ground Cardinal Mahony and turn off his self-serving blog.  We can also hope that Archbishop Gomez will do right by the faithful of his Archdiocese and *in fact* relieve Cardinal Mahony of his public duties in the Archdiocese.  Members of the hierarchy need to stop scandalizing the faithful.  Enough already.  It is Cardinal Mahony who should “go home now.”  If Pope Francis seeks to “rebuild” the Church, Cardinal Mahony’s public presence is only impeding that all-important work.  Public penance for the Cardinal would be a help to that work on which turns, after all, the salvation of souls.  Archbishop Gomez’s integrity is on the line here as well, and the jury — including in the form of the LA Times — is observing the evidence as it pours in.

Posted by Adfero at 5/14/2013 01:15:00 AM 
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7 comments on ““Go home now,” Cardinal Roger

  1. Well, legend has it that the conservatives in the diocese of Rochester, NY became so incensed at Bp. Sheen’s “updating” and ecumaniacal stunts that they mounted a big stink and got him thrown out.

    Perhaps the LA Times editorial staff could do one good thing for the Church in their own lifetimes and actually help lead the charge. A serious multi-part expose which features input from liberals as much as conservatives might just work.

    Megalomaniacs like Mahony are highly susceptible to intimations of public ruination and if he gets whacked from the Left as much as from the Right, it might drive him out of the public eye for keeps.

    I’m not holding my breath but something tells me, although it could be just one of the hallucinations I’ve been experiencing since the abdication announcement in February (I keep seeing TWO popes!), that Papa Bergoglio MIGHT consign this warmed over retread from the days of the Berrigan Brothers to stall-cleaning duty on a cattle farm located on the tip of Tiera del Fuego.

    Hope springs eternal.

  2. Liberal Guilt
    While Sheen may otherwise have been a faithful Catholic in his spiritual life, the decisions as bishop require scrutiny. There was an episode of “Life is Worth Living” back in the late 1960s when Sheen presented the basic liberal idea of redistribution of wealth.

    What you have to remember is that the upswing in the economy after World War II led to many Catholics entering the upper middle class. Sheen, well-meaning but expert on economics, bought into the myth of America as the land of plenty. This was combined at the time with the liberal guilt complex coming from LBJ’s Great Society programs and the Civil Rights Movement. Some Irish-American Catholics were made to feel guilty and never having seen so much money or spending power before, some prelates became deluded. Almost all of the seminaries, high schools, and parishes are gone now. The parishes in the neighborhoods that were “integrated” to meet civil rights ideals are also gone and with the crime and decay that now surrounds them, no sane Catholic would go near them. You can see a similar heresy in the film The Shoes of the Fisherman where the Russian Communist pope plans to sell off church art and property, and blackmail lay Catholics, using the money to buy wheat for China. People actually believed this kind of stuff in the late 1960s and 1970s.If you consider Sheen’s background, the world of station wagons, split-level suburban houses, backyard swimming pools, crates of bleached white bread from supermarkets, and Kool-Aid, must have seemed like an infinite supply of “plenty” to share.
    It’s all gone now. The children and grandchildren are in debt with mortgages and college loans they will never be able to pay off as Obama borrows money from China to use U.S. tax dollars to fund abortions in the Third World. He’s borrowing abortion money Catholic children will have to cover with their taxes.
    The “wealth redistribution” mythology of liberal Irish Catholics in the 1960s and 1970s is now just one more of the stupid theories of Vatican II that future church historians can puzzle over as they document the bankruptcies and closure of Catholic parishes, schools, colleges, and seminaries after Vatican II and Land O’Lakes.

    Priests and bishops who do not work for a living to support families and put food on the table every night, are the last people to go to for economic advice.
    Sheen thought he was doing the right thing, but his math and sociology were wrong. He became just another useful idiot for ethnic cleansing of Catholic neighborhoods and parishes. There have been too many stupid bishops like this. The USCCB is still filled with them now.
    And the cleansing campaign against Irish, Italian, and Polish Catholics still goes on at modernist “Catholic” colleges and universities that have no use for Catholic students other than extorting borrowed tuition money from them as the anti-Catholic faculty imposes its immoral and evil agenda.

    Section 8 at Notre Dame’s commencement. Pro-life Catholic speakers need not apply.

  3. That should have been “no expert on economics.” Obviously.
    They thought at the time (the 1960s) that the U.S. economy would always been strong, providing plenty and prosperity. They were wrong.
    But it’s worse than because the cost of Catholic education is artificially inflated by the clowns and anti-Catholics who control it now. This puts a heavier burden on Catholic families.

  4. Has he confirmed any cats?

    • We’re lookin’ into that, ECS. So far, as far as we can tell, he’s only sent John Paw II to do a little ecumenical outreach work in Asia. But, then, ya never know, right?

  5. OK, here’s a jesuitical dilemma to consider.
    Let’s play Catholic Jeopardy.
    Since Mahony had been forbidden by Gomez from any public functions and this order was licit, would Mahony’s confirmations be valid?
    If Mahony persists in obstinately disregarding Gomez’s order, is his status as a priest now irregular?

    It is possible for a priest, bishop, or Cardinal to become a lunatic through the dementia and senility of aging. When this happens there are certain remedies in canon law. Anyone up on this who would like to explain?
    When a bishop or Cardinal becomes a public lunatic, whose responsibility is it to subdue them?
    The Butterfly Net routine.

  6. “Now, frankly, I took Gomez’s letter of January 2013, despite its arguably over-broad language, to have basically accomplished that kind of sacramental prohibition, but the almost-immediate ‘clarifications’ from the archdiocese upholding Mahony’s right to celebrate sacraments made it hard to argue thereafter that Mahony was prohibited at all and certainly derailed arguments that any sacramental prohibition was express.”

    While I can’t imagine his being any worse than Cardinal Mahony, there go any hopes of Gomez being substantially better. Is there any Conciliarist whose official pronouncements do not routinely require “clarification”? Or, to clarify my own question, do any of them possess even rudimentary levels of competence? Is it too much to ask that Church leaders actually lead, and that leadership express itself in clear terms that do not require interpretation?

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