Sep 5, 2006

Partly on the radar screen!

The new September/October issue of the San Diego News Notes carries an article that reminds me that Cardinal Mahony is doing some things for the babies and the right to life. So it is fair to mention those things and to say that the right to life is on the Cardinal's radar screen.

But, sadly, it is not front and center there. After all, His Eminence did NOT say in his Labor Day homily, as he could have, "I will not be voting on Nov. 7 for any candidate who supports aborting God's precious babies." He gave another issue that priority, and during Holy Mass, yet.

But fair is fair; and it is fair to point out that Cardinal Mahony, as the News Notes article says, met with the Proposition 85 Parents' Right to Know and Child Protection initiative team in June and promised to:

* Put Prop 85 flyers in the bulletin of every parish in the Archdiocese on the Sundays of Oct.
* Ask parishes to play the "Secret Tapes" in English and Spanish at the end of Masses
* Personally make an audio tape introducing those tapes.

The Cardinal also told the Prop 85 team that he would work with Latino bishops and priests in the Archdiocese to see that Latino Catholics become aware of Prop 85. And he issued a pro-Prop 85 statement in August.

For these things the Cardinal deserves our thanks. Now, if only he would stop making public appearances with pro-abortion politicians (remember when the Cardinal had Bill Clinton speak in St. Vibiana's, making him the only chief executive ever to have that honor?). And if only he would put abortion on the front burner in so many more ways.


Anonymous Father G said...

Dear Quintero,
Thank you. I know it's sometimes difficult for Catholics who consider themselves "traditionalists" to recognize Cardinal Mahony's contributions so it makes your positive posting all the more significant. God bless you. You're a big man. (And a good one, too.)

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Xochilt said...

I am sorry, Quintero, but I think you are exceedingly gracious to the Cardinal and he really does not deserve it.

We jump up and down for joy because he throws a few bones to the pro-lifers. This horrible shepherd will never be able to do enough to repair the incalculable damage he has done to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and to countless souls and unborn babies during his 2-decade long reign of terror in L.A. I cannot wait for his retirement.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Father G said...

Dear Quintero,
Thank you for allowng me to post comments here. It has been quite an experience, to say the least. Now that my vacation is ending, I will have little time to continue posting so I will offer my farewell.

I do so with one admonition--let charity always prevail and remember that everyone has a right to his good name. To destroy someone's good name by telling lies is the sin of calumny; to destroy one's good name by the use of truth is the sin of detraction.

No amount of love for the Church can justify either sin for we may never use an evil means to attain a good end. As the Apostle John wrote, anyone who says he loves God whom he cannot see yet hates his brother whom he can see is a liar.

May God bless you and all your contibutors with wisdom and love for all.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Scarlette said...

xoxhilt, that's exactly what Mahony is doing...throwing a few bones. How sad that some people are so starved for it that they have to "jump up and down for joy" each time he throws one out.
This is something that should not have been even newsworthy.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Chrm. CRCOA said...

I think it was either Karl Marx, Lennin, or Stalin who said "take one step backward in order to take two forward".

Father, I assure you that we are well aware of the sins of calumny and slander and their seriousness and do not consider any of our comments about Mahony as such, and neither do some very good priests and yes Bishops we consult with.

One who is now deceased was the Rector of one of the best seminaries and still is in America, bishop Austin Vaughan!

Our Lord said "by their fruits ye shall know them" unfortunately there are plenty of bad fruits through which we know Mahony!

If you are ever willing to look at some of the tapes and documents we offered, let me know.

God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Xochilt said...

Father G is too much.

Remember, he says, "... that everyone has a right to his good name."

I am all for respecting others and especially those who are our shepherds. But stating the facts about Cardinal Mahony's decades long record of countermanding what the Catholic Church teaches (e.g., RE Congress or his violations of Redemptionis Sacramentum) can scarcely be considered robbing someone of his good name.

I pray for the man because he has so much to answer for. It will be a long awaited day of rejoicing when LA is finally rid of the left coast Cardinal. May he enjoy a happy retirement soon.

1:15 AM  
Anonymous joe said...

Xochilt and Scarlet, You are exactly right.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Xochilt, Scarlette and Joe,

Thanks for writing, and don't worry, I didn't jump and down for joy, and I didn't think my post sounded like I was doing that.

After all:

I did reiterate that the babies are not front and center on the Cardinal's radar screen.

I also criticized him again for putting anything ahead of the babies, especially at Mass.

I also said he needs to stop appearing with pro-abortion politicians.

And I said there are many other pro-life things he could do.

Proposition 85 is so important that we each ought to be working for it, and we each should be glad about the help anyone is giving it.

Prop 85 is definitely newsworthy. And the fact that all parishes will be told to publicize it is definitely newsworthy, too.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Reverend and Dear Father G,

Best wishes as you finish your vacation. God bless you, and let us all pray for each other.

Thank you for your kind words. I hope you can see that we Catholics deserve a place at the table who for years have waited in vain for Cardinal Mahony and others in the hierarchy and clergy to cease liturgical abuse; to use the REC to affirm the Magisterium; to stop working with the pro-abortion politicians and with the far-left Industrial Areas Foundation types; to fight the sects' raids on our flock; to fight Hollywood and other pornographers; and to start working to close abortion mills.

I should also say, Father, that I do not believe it can ever be detraction to quote someone in context, such as the Cardinal; to cite his public record, such as his hosting of politicians; to name his invitees to the REC; etc.

You certainly are right that everyone needs to avoid the sins of detraction and calumny. I do think dissenters commit those sins against orthodox Catholics far more often than the other way around, though.

Come back and visit when you can. We'll have more debating, no doubt!

9:55 PM  

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