THE [BAD] TIDINGS announces a momentous event in the history of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the following blurb ...
The St. John's Seminary College Class of 2005 held its final graduation ceremony on May 14 at the Camarillo campus.
Graduates of the class of 2005 include Daniel Gutiérrez, John Andrew Alexander, Uriel Tovar Jr., Edin Barrera, José G. López, Michael Uythien Nguyen and Alexander Gamino, Jr. of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Rogelio González and Alexander Gamino, Jr. of the Diocese of San Bernardino.
That's it. I suppose "they" think the least said the better so as to draw as little attention as possible to the ongoing disintegration of the Catholic Church in L.A. under Cardinal Roger M. Mahony.
What the blurb leaves out is significant: just 9 graduates from the college seminary of the most populous diocese in the country (7 for L.A. and 2 for San Bernardino).
Note, too, that the article does not indicate that a single one of the graduates will be going on to the Theologate which is adjacent to the soon to be demolished college seminary campus.
In the Mahony years, fewer and fewer graduates of St. John's Seminary College have made it to the Theologate, either because they were not interested in pursuing a vocation to the priesthood or because they were not deemed acceptable as candidates for the priesthood in the Archdiocese.
During Roger Mahony's 20 year reign as archbishop, the largest Archdiocese in the richest nation in the world has closed 2 of its seminaries: Our Lady Queen of Angels (Minor Seminary) and now, St. John's Seminary College. Ironically, Mahony sold the latter to a developer ostensibly to provide an endowment for the education of future priests.