READ THE LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORTING ON "CARDINAL MAHONY RELIVED OF DUTIES" BY PRESSING HERE.
Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez states of the former administration of his archdiocese under now retired Cardinal Roger Mahony the following: ""The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil."
Is this terribly sad looking and ugly as sin Cathedral built by the same cardinal-archbishop a powerful and thought provoking symbol of his administration of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles? I report, you decide.
"Whispers in the Loggia" is not funny but truly can be classified as a bombshell. It is very sad indeed:
"Ten days after an initial release from 30,000 pages of clergy sex-abuse files in the archdiocese of Los Angeles sparked widespread scorn and calls for the prosecution of now-retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and his then-vicar for clergy, now Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry, in a letter to the 5 million-member church released tonight, Archbishop José Gomez announced that the embattled auxiliary would be relieved of his pastoral oversight of two of the LA church's three counties, while the iconic Mahony – the longest-reigning American cardinal named after Vatican II, whose quarter-century tenure saw his hometown church become the largest diocese in the nation's history – will, according to his successor, "no longer have any administrative or public duties.
"The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil," Gomez said. "There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed.""
MY COMMENTS: Ever sense this horrible scandal's root cause became more and more known, meaning the mismanagement of clergy by bishops, the two most egregious cases of mismanaging bishops have been in Boston and Los Angeles. Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston who was considered a "conservative" in theological matters was quickly maligned by the Boston Globe and in a pit-bull fashion. The liberal media went after him tooth and nail which eventually led to his resignation accepted by the Vatican.
But not so for Cardinal Roger Mahony who, at least from the point of view of perception was considered somewhat of a progressive or liberal, especially in the area of liturgy and thus endeared him to the more progressive elements of the press and Church (just look at the monstrosity of his new Cathedral, which will perhaps become a symbol of his twisted and so call naive management of abusive priests). Things are ugly and out of quilter in that Cathedral, in that archdiocese and in that man.
What continues to puzzle and amaze so many is that these sorts of actions against cardinals and bishops only come about through the public medias exposure of the facts which are only acquired by acts of the law enforcement and court system. There's something very wrong about that from those who are suppose to be our moral leaders and should act in a transparent way in and of themselves although I certainly recognize the need for due process which can take time.
On an entirely different front, we have the good news that finally, and again at a snail's pace, The National Catholic Reporter which ceased being Catholic decades ago, may well be asked to stop identifying itself as Catholic or affiliated in any way with the Catholic Church.
This is welcome news to say the least. On the one hand you have this newspaper which in fact was the first to break the news of the abuse scandal in the early 1980's with a long expose on the notorious priest-abuser in the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana and other notorious cases but on the other hand may well have been responsible for giving license to priests and religious to ignore their promises and vows of obedience and Chasity/celibacy and redefine them in a pejorative way, by promoting heterodox moral principles and heretical views in their reporting of stories and in their editorializing. They have led many Church leaders and others in the laity into practical schism with the Church
I first started reading the National Catholic Reporter around 1975 as it was available in one of the parishes I attended in Augusta. I was somewhat shocked by what they often proposed and what they held up as models of priestly conduct as this paper was truly a scandal sheet and would promote infidelity in the priesthood and religious life in order to goad the Church into changing her policies on priesthood and religious life as it regards both obedience and celibate chastity.
The majority of priests and religious of the 1970's and 80's would read the National Catholic Reporter as their theological adviser and Bible.
This is a petition to the USCCB to manage properly those who claim Catholic authority and the name Catholic:
Dear Bishops of the United States:
The National Catholic Reporter has stridently published notorious articles attacking immutible Catholic teachings for decades. In fact, in Bishop Helmsing's 1968 formal condemnation of National Catholic Reporter, he said:
"It is difficult to see how well instructed writers who deliberately deny and ridicule dogmas of our Catholic faith can possibly escape the guilt of the crime defined in Canon 1325 on heresy, and how they can escape the penalties of automatic excommunication entailed thereby."
Re-affirming Bishop Helmsing's official condemnation, Bishop Finn publicly stated:
"Bishop Charles Helmsing in October of 1968 issued a condemnation of the National Catholic Reporter and asked the publishers to remove the name “Catholic” from their title – to no avail. From my perspective, NCR’s positions against authentic Church teaching and leadership have not changed trajectory in the intervening decades."
Rather than seeking contrition and reconciliation, NCR chose defiance. In response to this direct condemnation, National Catholic Reporter stated that it is "is proud to call itself a Catholic publication," would continue to represent itself as a Catholic organization, and justified it's position as an authentic Catholic voice by belonging to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ sanctioned Catholic Press Association.
Your Excellencies, for the protection of our souls and in solidarity with the faithful Catholic laity and religious, we the undersigned ask you to strongly and prayerfully consider:
1. Removing the credentials of the National Catholic Reporter from the Catholic Press Association,
2. Ban National Catholic Reporter from all privileges at the USCCB or at USCCB-sponsored events,
3. Publicly forbid NCR from misrepresenting itself as a media source faithful to the Church.
It is unfortunate when examples must be made, but the souls of the faithful require a shepherd. As laity, we faithfully pray daily for the bishops to have guidance and strength during these difficult times. Yet for over 40 years, National Catholic Reporter has chiseled away at the New Evangelization.
Until such a time when NCR embraces fidelity as fiercely as they embrace dissent, we the Catholic faithful in America ask the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist the Catholic faithful in identifying authentic voices of Catholicity -- voices which are so few in today's media.
Support Bishop Finn. Shepherd the flock. Remind those of us that hope in Christ that fidelity is the light that guides fidelity, and fidelity is the light that must guide the New Evangelization.
MY LAST COMMENT: Progressive Catholicism has been a miserable failure for the Church and for the style in which our bishops have managed their priests and dioceses and how some priests even manage their parishes. Isn't it time to wake up and smell the coffee and bring about by God's grace the "reform of the reform" a reform of the 1960's that has been a catastrophe for the Church from the point of view of theology, ecclesiology, liturgy and pastoral common sense?