Nov 4, 2005

Mahony's China report

Cardinal Mahony writes in THE TIDINGS ...

"As the Church emerges once again in the life and culture of China, it is obvious that the youthful leadership now in place will also seek to allow the Gospel to permeate the rich and enduring values of the culture here, blending the two in the spirit of John Paul II's "new evangelization."
I'm glad that things are looking up in China. Meanwhile, back at the ranch we have ...

The changing faces of ministry

St. Barbara (at Mission Santa Barbara) pastoral associate Pat Sandall. (SISTER NANCY MUNRO, CSJ/The Tidings)

It looks like women and "girly men" have hijacked the Church in L.A.


Anonymous Linda said...

"Step into my parlor", said the Spider to the Fly.....

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Quo Vadis said...

So someone tell what the functional/pastoral difference between a deacon and a PLD? I won't hold my breath.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, with all due respect to His Eminence and his "opinions" regarding China, I think we should give the truth some equal time:

The Chinese Government does not recognize the underground Roman Catholic Church. The Government considers the underground Church illegal. Thus, religious services and catechism classes for the underground Church must be conducted in private homes and in secret. Penalties for belonging to the underground Roman Catholic Church include exorbitant fines, imprisonment, house arrest, beatings, and labor camp internment. Chinese authorities have recently begun to use the "cult law" -- the same law used to persecute members of the Falun Gong movement -- to arrest and detain members of the underground Roman Catholic Church.
Currently, every one of the approximately 50 bishops of the underground Roman Catholic Church is either in jail, under house arrest, under strict surveillance, or in hiding.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Scarlette said...

Wow, that "nun" is dressed rather un-nun-ish. That's our new word for the day.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Tito said...

I'm to upset with Cardinal Mahony to type anything of substance here.

I pray for his replacement and I'm thankful that Quintero has his blog to keep a record of Cardinal Mahony's transgressions.

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never saw a friar like that before and I just happen to be a Franciscan!

10:54 PM  
Blogger skeetor said...

a whore by any other name....

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear "quo vadis",

The difference between a deacon and a "parish life director" is that a deacon is a man, and a PLD is a woman.

In Mahoneyland, where ministry is concerned,
women are in, men are out.

The only remaining functional difference that I can see is that only deacons may preach the homily. But I don't expect obedience in this matter, since so many other norms are flouted with impunity all over the archdiocese.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous David C said...

Scarlette, the woman in the photo is a pastoral associate, not a nun. A nun took the photo.

The pastoral associate phenomenon seems to be more prevalent where churches are spiritually dead and in the process of becoming a social club. This can be judged by its fruits.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Scarlette said...

david, After getting my magnifying glass and reading the very small print, I see where it says that. Does this mean I need glasses?
By the way, I have actually seen nuns look worse than that. Really un-nun-ish.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adding to Anonymous 8:38 PM.

I recently read that China arrested two priest for saying a Mass in closing the Year of the Eucharist.
I'm sure these two priest would respectfully disagree with the Cardinal.

5:10 PM  
Blogger CS said...

Is that church in a strip mall or something!?

7:57 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

Why is that woman wearing a caftan with a slit up the side?

6:05 AM  

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