What messages do people inescapably take from the palling around? Politically naive people will think, wrongly, that Villaraigosa surely subscribes to all the Church's doctrines, including the sanctity of human life.
Other, more aware, people will think, "Our Cardinal doesn't mind that the mayor is pro-abortion."
As "a Catholic living with L.A.," I like to dream: What if a Cardinal of L.A. would use such a Catholic and Marian occasion to whisper to the mayor, "You know, Antonio, this would be a great time for you to decide, in front of all our fellow Catholics, and everyone else, to become pro-life, a defender of God's precious unborn babies. Okay?"
I know -- that's a wild fantasy. But why does it have to be a fantasy and not a reality?
If the Cardinal, the bishops and members of the clergy or anyone else have said things like this to our L.A. pro-abortion politicians in private, it is long past time that the Cardinal starts raising the ante by saying such things in public and loudly.
Babies' lives, and grown-ups' souls, are at stake!