Apr 3, 2007

Here are more leaders for the Cardinal to blast

Have you seen today's issue of the online California Catholic Daily? One article (click on this post's title) says that last Friday, March 30, Planned Parenthood "honored" our mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, with a "Planned Parenthood Hero Award" and "honored" far-left agitator Dolores Huerta with a "Margaret Sanger Award."

Planned Parenthood, whose own figures show that its abortuaries around our Nation abort 250,000 American infants every year, saluted Villaraigosa because last year he loyally did its bidding by recording a message in Spanish that helped defeat pro-life Proposition 85.

Now that Cardinal Mahony has seen fit to rip Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez by name, it is high time for him to do the same to Villaraigosa and Mrs. Huerta.

But that chastisement by itself would do little good unless the Cardinal backed it up by action.

Cardinal Mahony should also take action -- by disinviting these and all the many pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia Catholic politicians and other public figures from any and every Catholic function, church, parish, school and other institution throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The Cardinal should also tell them they cannot receive Communion until they publicly repent.

Please, your Eminence, do something. There is a crying need.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Life Site News (http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/apr/07040302.html):

Cardinal Mahony Asked to Deny Communion to Assisted Suicide Supporting Politician
Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez's support is viewed as crucial for assisted suicide bill’s passage

By Hilary White

LOS ANGELES, April 3 2007, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Roger Cardinal Mahony, the head of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles, the largest US Catholic diocese, has publicly criticized a politician in the California legislature for supporting a bill to legalize assisted suicide. But anti-euthanasia activists are asking the Cardinal to put some ecclesiastical muscle into his opposition.

At Mass on Monday, Mahony urged Catholic voters to pressure lawmakers to vote the proposal down. “Assisted suicide is totally unnecessary - not only is it against God's law, God's plan, we simply don't need something like that,” he said. The Cardinal criticized Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, a Catholic, with whom he has discussed the proposal. Nunez's support is viewed as crucial for the bill’s passage.

“We should be troubled that Fabian Nunez - who has worshipped here in this cathedral, is a Catholic - somehow has not understood and grasped the culture of life but has allowed himself to get swept into this other direction, the culture of death,” Mahony said.

The Cardinal’s reference to the phrase made famous by the late Pope John Paul II, however, has failed to impress Canada’s leading anti-euthanasia campaigner.

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the London Ontario based Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, told LifeSiteNews.com that if the Cardinal were serious, he would impose a severe ecclesiastical penalty, one recommended in the past by the Vatican for politicians who advance the culture of death.

Schadenberg said bluntly, “If Nunez persists in his support for the bill, Mahoney should excommunicate Nunez.”

The bill before the State Assembly and approved last week by the Assembly committee, is modelled after the Oregon state law under which, since its passage in 1997, 292 Oregonians have taken their own lives.

Schadenberg said, “This bill is not a minor change to the laws of California. It will give physicians the right to assist in the death of their patients. No safeguards, or change in language can neutralize the effects of such a bill.”

Schadenberg continued, “To support a bill that allows the intentional taking of human life is a grave act that cannot be condoned and must be treated with the strongest response by all people of goodwill who wish to build a society based on the common good.”

The Catholic Church’s code of canon law, under which both Cardinal Mahony and Nunez are bound as Catholics, requires that those who “persist in manifest grave sin” be refused Holy Communion.

Nunez has already responded to the Cardinal with rhetoric common to Catholic “pro-choice” politicians. The Associated Press reports that Nunez's spokesman Steve Maviglio said that while the speaker respects the Cardinal’s opinion “This is another issue of individual choice where the overwhelming majority of Catholics have a different perspective than the official position of the Church.”

“To allow Nunez to continue to receive communion and refer to himself as a Catholic would be a public outrage and a scandal to all people of goodwill, especially to faithful Catholics,” Schadenberg said.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

I hope there is more public pressure regarding Mr. Nunez. A severe ecclesiastical penalty is called for here. I just don't see the Cardinal doing it.

Paul in Long Beach

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it or not, the hierarchy's attitude toward imposing ecclesiastical penalties today is more medicinal than punitive. Why else would Father Hans Küng still be a priest in good standing but not a Catholic theologian?

11:49 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Just a follow-up to my earlier comment. As I usually am quick to criticize the Cardinal, I wanted to be sure to publicly say "Thank you" for his public statement against AB 374. I have also sent an email to the archdiocese saying thank you as well.

Paul in Long Beach

3:58 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 11:49 a.m.,

That's true. Wish the hierarchy would be "medicinal" toward preborn babies, though, not just the politicians.

The hierarchy needs to give the babies life-saving "medicine" by saving them from being aborted.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Paul,

That's good of you. I would couple my thanks, though, with a request such as that in my post, that the Cardinal now ban Nunez from Catholic forums and tell him to not come to Communion.

10:50 AM  

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