Nov 5, 2005

Flagons, dragons and dancing girls?

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reports on Cardinal Mahony's recent trip to China ...
"Mahony's low-key journey was not announced in advance because of what archdiocesan spokesman Tod Tamberg called diplomatic sensitivities. Although Mahony described the tour as a private sabbatical, he said he is preparing a report of his findings for the Vatican."
This is so weird. While his Archdiocese is in ruins, Mahony goes off as a self-appointed Vatican diplomat to China. Like Pope Benedict really needs him to do this? What hubris!

"[Mahony] delivered addresses at three Chinese seminaries at the invitation of the official Chinese Catholic Patriotic Assn., a government group that keeps close tabs on the state-approved "patriotic" church."
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles used to have three seminaries. Now there is just one because Mahony closed two of them and the third is barely staying afloat because he has no vocations. What could Mahony possibly teach the Chinese about seminaries other than, "this is how you go about closing them"?

"Mahony spent more than two weeks in China, including stays in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He said he was informed that he was the first cardinal ever to publicly celebrate Mass in Shanghai, at St. Peter's parish church."
So he said Mass in Shanghai. I wonder if he brought with him the usual flagons, dragons and dancing girls.

That would have gone over well.


Blogger Non Sum Dignus said...

I still can't figure out why The Vatican has no problem cozying up to the openly schismatic "Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association", to include the so-called "Con-Celebrating" of Mass, inviting them to the recent synod, etc, etc, but at best, gives a 30 minute meeting to Bishop Fellay, the Superior General of the SSPX (who, unlike the CPCA, declares a filial devotion and loyalty to the pontiff).


4:36 AM  
Blogger Non Sum Dignus said...

Yep... first Dick Nixon, now Pope Benedict. Nationalist China must be getting use to that sharp feeling between the shoulder blades.

5:01 AM  
Blogger Non Sum Dignus said...

One other thing I would like to add... There is no "underground" Catholic Church, There is only the Catholic Church. There is no "Patriotic Chinese Catholic Assn", only a group of openly schismatic (if not heretical) stooges who kowtow and grovel to their communist bosses.

Rome is sailing into dangerous shoals cozying up to the communists.

I wonder if Cardinal Kung realizes that he has just been spit in the face?

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Ohhhhh! that's where 80's teen sensation Tiffany ended up!!!She's singing for the Cardinal...."might have been so beautiful"....

8:37 AM  
Blogger Scarlette said...

I see the cardinal has a pretty glass chalice.

I would feel a little funny wearing such a skirt in that kind of setting. Especially standing the weird way she is.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Quo Vadis said...

So did Cardinal Mahony just up and decide to go to China? I figure the Pope wouldn't send him but then Cardinal Mahony would be the perfect candidate to meet with the state-run pretend Catholic Church over there seeing as he is trying to setup a pretend Catholic church overhere.

You don't suppose Valerie Plame, an expert in WMDs recommended he travel there do you? After all Cardinal Mahony is an expert in weapons of Mass destruction.

Enquiring minds want know.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dancing girls in front of the bishop seem very Roman to me. And not in the good way.

3:39 PM  
Blogger CS said...

I'm surprised he is using that glass 'chalice,' when he could've used 'china!' Inculturation, ya know!

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Xochilt said...


Very funny!

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect His Emminence, was going to China for instructions; much like Chairman Clinton does or did when he occupied the White House.

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about Mahony? He is fast becoming irrelevant. Soon, he'll have to flee to Rome like Law.

More important, have you seen a picture of the Pope's personal secretary, Georg? He is HOT! WOOF!

- Fr. Tim

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously doubt, "Fr. Tim" is a that scandelous comment.

8:44 PM  

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