Papal honors in L.A.
Rocco, who is an inveterate defender of Cardinal Mahony, interprets this "purple rain" of honors, as he calls it ("I have never seen an honors list the size of what LA just got") as a sign of the Holy See's benevolent view of the Cardinal and his governance of the archdiocese. In saying this, Rocco provides all the proof we need that he is as unschooled in ecclesiastical matters as he is in sound Catholic theology.
Two of the new monsignori have publicly advocated for the ordination of women as priests. The more prominent of the two, the pastor of St. Monica Church and recipient of the highest honor given to a monsignor -- protonotary apostolic -- was booed by younger L.A clergy two years ago when he called for ordaining married men and women at a priests' meeting with the Cardinal. This was reported in the L.A. Times as well as HERE.
Does Rocco really think that this is the kind of priest that Pope Benedict XVI would want to honor?