Feb 6, 2006

Perils of going to the Supreme Court

Remember back a decade ago, when Cardinal Mahony let pro-abortion Bill Clinton become the first chief executive to speak in St. Vibiana Cathedral? TV reporter Conan Nolan called it the unofficial kickoff of Clinton's reelection campaign.

Clinton named Justices Breyer and Ginsburg to the U.S. Supreme Court. Now that the Cardinal, through his lawyers, has filed a petition to that same court against District Attorney Steve Cooley's subpoena of clergy personnel files, do you think the Cardinal might be regretting having given a forum to Clinton -- and wishing he had instead tacitly supported a presidential candidate whose Supreme Court picks might have been more friendly to freedom of religion than Clinton's nominees?

Just wondering.


Blogger Jared said...

I just can't understand why the Vatican doesn't DO something about Mahony.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The process for disciplining bishops seems to be a lot more cumbersome than it should be, common sense would say that Mahony should've been gone by now. I agree, but remember that the actual circumstances aren't always the same as the way Quintero frames them, he is after all just a blogger with his own agenda and point of view.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an excellent article in this month's issue of THIS ROCK magazine called "Why Bishops Don't Get Fired". The article should be available on the catholic.com website in a couple of months. The basic idea of the article is that as Americans there is the temptation to view the Catholic Church as a large international corporation with the Pope as CEO. Under such a model, middle managers who don't promote the programs of the CEO are history. However, the model of the Church is that of Bishops as successors to the Apostles and the spiritual fathers of their diocese. Therefore, removing a wayward bishop is more like removing a father from his family; a much more difficult prospect than giving a bad employee the boot. Hence the need for constant prayer and sacrifices on the part of the faithful for their fathers.

4:59 PM  
Blogger bobnd said...

The county attorney will do it. The Vatican will remove him before he gets his charges read and laicize him so he gets hammered in civil court
Life moves and has its being. Death is a friend to the church, it cleans out the rot.

9:50 PM  

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