The sell-off will start with the Archdiocese's relatively new headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. Not with the Cathedral.
Cardinal Mahony has put a statement about his sell-off on the Archdiocesan website at
Cardinal Mahony says his Archdiocese will "re-evaluate some of the services and ministries it provides to parishes." He claims the sales will not affect "essential ministries" of parishes.
At least that will not affect Archdiocesan pro-life services, and services to keep Catholics from defecting to the sects -- because you have to look long and hard to find such services already.
Cardinal Mahony also says this:
"Some properties are held for future parishes, future schools, and similar ministry purposes. Our preference would be to retain all of those properties. But we have no other way to raise our share of money for coming settlements except through such sales."
Cardinal Mahony had said in the past that he would not sell off parishes. Now we find out that that did not mean not selling off future parishes.
He also says he will not sell parishes and parish schools to fund these settlements. What about future settlements or judgments?
The Cardinal says he has a working group "to identify possible eligible properties and to rank them according to use and value" -- 50 so far. He adds, "Other possible properties that could be sold are being studied."
We must hope and pray that the Cardinal will never sell off our churches, parishes and schools.
When he said he was closing St. John's Seminary College, the Cardinal called that "a positive development." Please, Your Eminence, stop giving us all these positive developments!