Cardinal Mahony, for 20 years archbishop of the largest Archdiocese in the richest nation in the world, will be ordaining ONLY FIVE NEW PRIESTS in his Our Lady of the "Angles" Cathedral. Meanwhile, in the Archdiocese of Chicago under the leadership of Cardinal Francis George, 16 new priests
were ordained for that see.
Regarding the new L.A. priests:
Only one is a native Angelino.
Three are from Viet Nam.
And the fifth ordinand was born in London.
Not one is Hispanic which does not bode well for L.A. since its Spanish speaking population is bursting at the seams. Spanish Masses across the Archdiocese are generally packed. Go HERE
to see what the L.A. Archdiocese is doing to promote vocations among the enormous Hispanic population.
Two of the ordinands are senior citizens (60 and 61 years old). God willing, they will be able to give the Church 10 to 15 years of productive priestly work.
One is middle aged (46). He's the only one from Los Angeles and, judging from his brief interview in the most recent Tidings, he seems to be the best of the group.
The youngest of the bunch are 28 and 32 years of age. They are both from Viet Nam.
The following (semi-loaded) question was put to the ordinands by Tidings editor, Mike Nelson:Having begun your formation under one pope, and now about to become part of the first group of priests ordained under the new pope, what effect do you think that might have on your priesthood?The future Father Robert Edward Joseph Garon (46) answered well. He said:
"I don't see how that would make a big difference. There are similar qualities in Pope Benedict XVI as there were in Pope John Paul II. Benedict might challenge priests to take a closer look at themselves in relation to their ministry, to better discern how they are called to serve." A troubling response came from the 60 year old grandpa, future Father Joseph C. Wah, Jr."I admit I was surprised and a bit skeptical at first. But after a day or two, I thought, 'We have to give him a chance.'
This guy sounds like a Reverend Richard McBrien fan whose polemical pieces have regularly appeared in the Tidings for years.(Photo: Victor Aleman/THE TIDINGS)