Sep 13, 2005

Clinton campaign chair to receive 'Cardinal's Award'

Click HERE for TIDINGS photo.

Cardinal Roger Mahony has announced the names of the 5 recipients of the 2006 'Cardinal's Award.' According to THE TIDINGS, these individuals will be honored for their "long and distinguished service" to the Catholic community of Los Angeles.

One of the honorees is William Wardlaw. THE TIDINGS tells us that Wardlaw, a parishioner of Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, is "an attorney and business executive who has served on numerous school and organization boards in the archdiocese including Catholic Charities." He is also a Knight of Malta.

What we are not told is that Wardlaw is a major power broker among state and local Democrat party operatives and successfully chaired the 1992 and 1996 Clinton-Gore campaigns in California. For more information about Wardlaw, click HERE.

Wardlaw's wife, the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw, was appointed judge to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by Clinton and served on the Clinton-Gore Presidential Transition Team. According to the UCLA Law School alumni page, the National Organization of Women awarded her "The Buddy" in recognition for her work. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wardlaw are members of the elite F.O.B., Friends of Bill (Clinton), having been guests of the Clintons in the Lincoln bedroom.

Given that Mr. Wardlaw is such a major player in the party of abortion and considering his close association with and his strong and loyal support for the "abortion President," William Jefferson Clinton, Mahony's decision to bestow the "Cardinal's Award" upon this individual is sickening and shameful. Cardinal Mahony knows "Bill" Wardlaw very well and he is well aware of what he stands for. This makes the decision to honor him all the more odious.

L.A. Catholics should act immediately and call upon the Cardinal to rescind his decision to grant the "Cardinal's Award" to Wardlaw.

In June 2004, the US Bishops in their statement, Catholics in Political Life, decreed:

The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen, I completely share your concern about pro-choice people being given awards and such in the church, but are we at the point where we should be refusing awards to people simply because they are high ranking members of the Democratic party bureaucracy?

Perhaps if you can show that the guy has publicly dissented from church teachings, but otherwise...

And his wife's association with NOW is meaningless, since the Cardinal is not giving her an award, as far as I can tell.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...


Tell us you're kidding. I agree with you on the wife's affiliations, but the broader issue at stake in Quintero's post has NOTHING to do with party affiliation, but which policies you advocate and fight for. Catholics -- those solicitous to not publically dissent from Church teacing -- are obliged to avoid helping to implement policies that, inter alia, kill babies.

And anyone who battled locally for the Clinton-Gore machine, anyone whose politico-consultancy career has been devoted to helping along the culture of death is unworthy of any shiny Catholic medals.

Three words explain why Bill Wardlaw is getting publically stroked, if I may safely employ that metaphor, by His Eminence:

Cathedral. Fund. Raising.

Scandalous? You betcha, but standard operating procedure here in Mahoneyville. And yes, I'd be saying the exact same thing if Wardlaw was a Republican.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I’m not kidding.

Where does this end? Okay, so we don’t give awards to people involved in operating the Democratic Party or the Clinton campaigns. Do we refuse awards to people who donated to the Clintons or to the party? How about anyone who voted for Clinton or other Democrats?

Receiving communion is a much greater gift and privilege than getting some cheap award. Should we also cut off communion for all these people?

It is not fundamentally evil to have voted for or supported Clinton (It is fundamentally evil to support abortion, but not everyone who supported Clinton did so because he was pro-choice). There are pro-life Democrats trying to change the party, and I sincerely hope William Wardlaw is one of them. I don’t know if he is or not, but since he is involved in Catholic Charities, is a Knight of Malta, and has been heavily involved in the diocese, I think he should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Now, I would change my mind completely if he has publicly dissented from Catholic teaching. Is there any evidence that he has? I mean other than guilt by association?

12:22 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Anon: You're dragging in many other issues. On the bigger question of Democrat politics vis a vis Catholic pro-life advocacy, either you're being disingenuous or naive. Charity forbids me from concluding the former.

Come, come -- any Democrat who tries hard to "change the party from within" a la Gov. Bill Casey, sooner or later becomes a persona non grata with the Party elites. They wouldn't even let him near the podium at the Convention in the early 90s. Bill Clinton and Al Gore do NOT reward pro-life Democrats with priviledged positions in the Party. It just doesn't happen.

Wardlaw's upward mobility over decades is telling. I'm not judging, just observing.

And so, Cardinal Mahoney's reign of error chugs forward, enabled, in part, by being continually handed the benefit of the doubt. I'd have more respect for the tawdry show if he was honest and said, "Look, Bill Wardlaw can sell an air conditioner to an Eskimo. He raised a pile of cash for my beloved Cathedral and now I'm thanking him."

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there is any merit in the "long and distinguished service" of Mr. Wardlaw, has he not lost it upon receiving this award? "When you give alms,for example, do not blow a horn before you in synagogues and streets like hypocrites looking for applause. You can be sure of this much, they are already repaid." Matthew 6:1-2. In our diocese, they have also started annual awards for their favorites, blowing their own horns, so to speak. Be glad you are not on the list of honorees.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Quintero said...

Just for the recored ...

The info about the Mrs. W. was just background. But it does show how invested this couple was in the Clinton Gore regime and it is undeniable that the cornerstone of that administration was ABORTION.

I wonder if Anonymous would be equally benevolent to a high ranking member of the Third Reich? After all, if one recognizes the truth of the humanity of every aborted baby, then that makes Bill Clinton and the movers and shakers who put him in the highest ranking office of the land, responsible for more innocent deaths than Adolph Hitler and his henchmen.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Mel Gibson should get the "Cardinal's Award."

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Xochilt said...

How about Joseph Goebbels?


But if you use the criteria of Anonymous, he just might qualify. He was a Catholic, you know.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see if I have this correct. Clinton kept partial birth abortion(infanticide) legal in the U.S.A. Wardlaw is a big time supporter of Clinton. Then a cardinal of the Holy Catholic Church spends time and effort PUBLICLY awarding Wardlaw as an example to follow. The Cardinal can not be spending any time at all meditating on the death of those little ones.

8:16 PM  

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