The Cardinal also ripped Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez by name for backing the bill, saying, "We should be troubled at his support. Somehow, he has not understood the Culture of Life."
As we know, Nunez said in February that he was "ready to buck my Church" over this bill.
Cardinal Mahony cited Pope John Paul II's encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) . Sections 57, 66 and 72 of that document condemn suicide and assisted suicide.
In Section 90 of that encyclical, Pope John Paul II says politicians ("civil leaders") may never abdicate their responsibility to defend "the lives of all."
"Civil leaders" includes you, Nunez!
By the way, as we recall, today is the second anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death.
The question remains, why would Nunez feel emboldened to "buck my Church?" The answer is that he anticipates no penalty from Cardinal Mahony or any of the U.S. bishops.
That is the sad reality.
Time for the U.S. bishops to back up their words with actions. Not that I expect that to happen.