Dec 13, 2007

Cardinal Mahony and pro-abortion mayor were prominent at procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe

I'm finally getting around to mentioning that, as local KABC-TV News reported (click on this post's title) on Sunday, December 2, L.A.'s Cardinal Roger Mahony and pro-abortion Mayor Antonio Villar(aigosa) were side by side, at least for a while, at that day's annual procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe in East L.A. (El Este de L.A.).

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!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's obvious that our "bishops" are little more that Democratic Party operatives. They've cast aside orthodoxy in favor of politics. In this temporal world, politics appears to offer more influence than the teachings of the church. No one over the mental age of 4 should be surprised at the politically biased actions of our purported leadership.

More disappointing is the lack of leadership of Joseph Ratzinger and the bureaucracy of Rome.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

This would have been a wonderful occasion...I do believe the day will be a reality, but two things have to happen before then. a. an orthodox Catholic Bishop must a appointed here (or I'd be more than happy to take the position) and b. The Rog Mahal must come down. When those two things happen, we shall see a public condemnation by the "Cardinal"

12:45 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 9:38 p.m.,

Yes -- liberals, including those in the clergy and the hierarchy, see everything primarily in terms of politics.

That is one reason they shun and dislike pro-lifers -- they see us not as baby-savers but as party-hack Republicans, which is dumb.

As for Pope Benedict XVI: It is pretty much unprecedented for a Pope to dismantle the hierarchy of a country, and there would have to be a new mechanism for finding enough solid replacements.

Perhaps a Pope could oust one or two leading members of a hierarchy and that would bring others into line. But that seems very chancy.

6:18 PM  

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