Mar 22, 2006

The Cardinal's new op-ed piece

In an op-ed piece in the New York Times of Wednesday, March 22, Cardinal Mahony says he "stand[s] by his statement" on Ash Wednesday in which he ordered his priests to, he writes, "disobey a proposed law that would subject them, as well as other [C]hurch and humanitarian workers, to criminal penalties."

No, the Cardinal was not commanding his priests to disobey the FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) Act by saving babies at Southland abortion mills. The proposed law he opposes is H.R. 4437, a bill to fight illegal entry into the USA.

The Cardinal objects to the bill's outlawing of any act that "assists, encourages, directs, or induces a person to reside in or remain in the United States, or to attempt to reside in or remain in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such person is an alien who lacks lawful authority to reside in or remain in the United States."

But last week a co-sponsor of the bill, Congressman Peter King (R-NY), who is Catholic, told Deal Hudson that the Cardinal is wrong about the bill. King said the bill targets gang members, smugglers and makers of fake ID cards, not priests, sisters and lay staffers of Catholic churches or agencies. King also said, "If those who are concerned about the language have better language to suggest, let them offer it and we will certainly consider it."

King's offer to consider changing the language makes the Cardinal's concern look like sensationalizing. Can we expect more of the same from the Cardinal as the abuse lawsuits mega-crisis worsens and the hot water rises around him?

8 Comments:

Blogger Dad29 said...

PhonyBaloneyMahony.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous MVH said...

What can be expected from a man who ignores moral, as well as ecclesiastical law? Or at least a man who picks and chooses which rules he will endorse and follow and ignore the ones he doesn't like. Just like a good Cafeteria Catholic Should!
In light of behaviour as written above, should we really be surprised that he is willing to spit in the face of temporal law, also?

9:56 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

ATTENTION, remember there are just 9 days left until the annual invasion of the hetereodox, the Archdiocese of Lost Angels Religious Anti-Catholic Education Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Will you be there to prayerfully demonstrate against this attack on our Faith?

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Open-eyed Dave said...

Of COURSE!!

One of my good friends predicted (and certainly seems now to have been right) that all these liturgical abuses and funky carnivals in the Cathedral were merely smokescreens for the Church's culpability in the sex tragedy now afflicting it... and so is this current concern.
There's a study about to come out which shows quite clearly that illegals are not taking "jobs that Americans refuse to do"... they're just doing jobs Americans could do but for a lot less. They're doing jobs EMPLOYERS don't want Americans to do... because they don't want to PAY Americans to do so. Add to this the incredible burden that providing absolutely free healthcare to all these illegals puts on ALL working Americans and the hospital closings this has caused in the Southland, and the absolute EXPOLSION in crime that comes from letting gangs made up of a majority of illegals who can in effect neither be questioned, detained nor prosecuted and one begins to realize that this has all been really a war against the working poor American citizen... so many of whom are Catholic.
Mahony is trying to create another smokescreen and attempting to appear to be the friend of the oppressed but he is the friend of the oppressed in the same way the Democratic party is... hungry for their support but empty when it comes to helping them improve their plight.

Now I see this morniung that students are near-rioting to protest the HR bill... and if I know today's adults they can't say "no" to a snot-nosed child...

2:45 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

If you really want to get to the source of all of these errors, come and join CRCOA at the upcoming, April 1st prayerful demonstration at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles's Religious Education Congress(the Archdocese of Lost Angels Anti-Catholic Religious Education Congress)!

We will be demonstrating from 9:00 AM until roughly 6:00 PM.

Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous MVH said...

This op-ed from a man who threw a hissy fit because Mother Angelica of ETWN once said that if she were in Hizz Eminence's diocese her obidience would be "zero." This in regard to Mother's disagreement with the cardinal on the value of Our Lord's consecated body and blood being reduced to "simple gifts" by Hizz Eminence.
Maybe the cardinal is using the mostly Hispanic pilgrims of the church in LA to gain favor with them and thus draw attention away from his deplorable handling of the priest sexual abuse crisis.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JOSEPH D'HIPPOLITO SAYS...

Maybe the cardinal is using the mostly Hispanic pilgrims of the church in LA to gain favor with them and thus draw attention away from his deplorable handling of the priest sexual abuse crisis.

Right you are, mvh! Mahony is so transparent that he makes cellophane look like concrete.

Moreover, Mahony is doing nothing but trying to rehabilitate his own reputation as a "moral leader" (and if Mahony is a moral leader, then I'm Kobe Bryant). He's a preening potentate who cares only about his public image.

The sad thing is that many Catholic bloggers (like Mark Shea) seem to think Mahony is right.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

Quintero,

Thanks for all you are doing to promote the prayerful demonstration tomorrow. Some of us intend to be there on Sunday as well, and we will make sure anyone else who joins us will have all the materials they need.

By the way, at last count, there were at least 40 definite heterodox speakers and many more questionable ones.

At this kind of Congress, ONE SUCH SPEAKER IS TOO MANY!

Are Our Lord and His Mother asking you to come and prayerfully demonstrate at the REC tomorrow anywhere from 9:00 AM until roughly 6:00 PM when the modernistic Mass complete with dancing girls begins?

Pleae come and join CRCOA tomorrow, we have plenty of literature and signs for those who do come. The more spiritual volunteers we have, the more we can put the truth into the hands of those who are ORDERED
to attend this Dissenter fest.

Pray that it does not rain; but if it does, the heresy does not stop so neither should Their true children. Come rain or shine, CRCOA will be there. Will you?

Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman, Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

5:08 PM  

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