The silence of the shepherds
In my Mexican barrio where my polling station is located, the turnout was incredibly strong. All across Cardinal Mahony's archdiocese, millions of Latinos -- even viejitas [little old ladies] who pray their Rosary to the Virgencita every day -- cast their votes against Prop. 73.
Most of my people do not even know what they are voting for (and I suppose that's true for large segments of other groupings of people). They watch lots of Spanish language TV which is sleazy, pro-abortion and politically ultra liberal, and they vote accordingly.
Do I blame them? Not really. I blame the bishops and priests of the Church for failing to teach their people.
Most of my neighbors had no idea what Prop. 73 was really about. They obviously swallowed in big chunks the propaganda they had heard from the Spanish media.
There was little or no mention of the "Parental Notification" ballot measure in the several parishes in my part of town. And even in those parishes where it was mentioned, support for it was, at best, anemic.
I know the Conference of California Bishops and even Cardinal Mahony "endorsed" Proposition 73. But when it comes to saving young girls and unborn children from the scourge of abortion, "endorse" is not a very generous word.
In the crucial month before yesterday's election, where was the spiritual leader of the millions of Catholics in Los Angeles who could have easily and overwhelmingly approved Proposition 73 had Mahony done his job?
He was in China cavorting with his newfound friends in the communist government sponsored Patriotic Church.
The blame for the defeat of Proposition 73 should be laid at the feet of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and shepherds like him for failing to preach the Gospel of Life to the people entrusted to their care.
Read more about the "silence of the shepherds" HERE, HERE and HERE.