Jun 27, 2005

The man SNAPPED during Mahony's homily

Most L.A. Catholics just NAP when the Cardinal preaches -- he is such a bore! -- but evidently the guy in this story had too much coffee that morning and he SNAPPED!

Here is a follow-up to my previous post about the protester who handcuffed himself to Cardinal Mahony's cathedra in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday.

The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports ...

During his homily Sunday, Mahony talked about the archdiocese's efforts to train church staff and clergy about abuse prevention and about other safeguards they have implemented.

"This will continue forever, and it's wonderful to put these efforts in place," Mahony told the congregation.
At those words, James C. Robertson, 58, of Mount Washington, "snapped," explaining later in a telephone interview that the Cardinal's words made him angry. Robertson said he had been abused by two priests during the 1960's.

Robertson had been demonstrating with a group of about 200 members of SNAP outside the Cathedral before the Mass. SNAP stands for Survivors' Network of Those Abused by Priests.

The TIMES report states that after Robertson handcuffed himself to Mahony's chair, the " ... Mass continued without interruption as security guards surrounded Robertson, who stood expressionless while churchgoers received communion."

Yes, while they received communion from cheap looking, dull silver-colored salad bowls and sipped the Precious Blood which had been poured from what appear to be Kool Aid pitchers into oversized glass goblets. Now there's an abuse that could cause anyone to snap. In fact, this whole incident has inspired me to establish a new group which I will call SNAPPED.



Anonymous jay said...

Well, I know that the Cardinal will do something, however belatedly, about a nut at the Cathedral. However, when a disturbed person gives a speech during Mass at my parish next Sunday, nothing will be done.

9:16 AM  
Blogger GFvonB said...

Gee, seeing as the guy spontaneously "snapped" like that, it's rather convenient that he had his trusty handcuffs with him...

9:54 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'll sign up if we don't have to go to Mass at the Cathedral. I'm prety sure that would be a near occasion of sin.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

karen -

I appoint you President of SNAPPED and I suggest that our first meeting be held at your dinner with Bishop Clark. I will bring the Cathedral private label vintage (aged since 2002). Who can bring the fruit salad?

12:00 PM  
Blogger tagryn said...

The guy was a guest on the rush hour talk show on KFI (Ken & Mike) yesterday, and admitted that he planned to do it - but since it wasn't coordinated with the protesters outside, that made it spontaneous. Hmmm.

2:05 PM  

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