Rorate Caeli

"Go home now," Cardinal Roger

Patrick Brennan reports some troubling news, as if it could get any more bizarre:


The Los Angeles Times expresses confusion, as we all should, about what the heck is going on in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  Three months ago, Archbishop Gomez relieved his predecessor, Roger Cardinal Mahony, of "public duties" in the Archdiocese, including, according to a spokesman for the Archdiocese at the time of Archbishop Gomez's announcement, celebrating the sacrament of confirmation.  At the moment, however, the Cardinal is traveling around the Archdiocese celebrating that sacrament "every week" (his own words) and telling those who question him about it to "go home now" (his words). Meanwhile, Archbishop Gomez refuses to comment.

Cardinal Mahony's mishandling of his clergy's abuse of children boggles the mind and saddens the heart.  A decade after Cardinal Law was pressured into resigning for his own mishandling of such abuse, Mahony continued the mishandling right up until he submitted his resignation as required at the age of 75, and his successor, who surely knew much or all of what Mahony had done to hide the abuse, distanced himself and the Archdiocese from Mahony only when files Mahony had endlessly litigated to keep secret became public. Two years Archbishop Gomez waited, and when at last he relieved Mahony of his "public duties," he did so only for purposes of a phony publicity stunt, it would now seem.  

Only the Pope can discipline a Cardinal, but Archbishop Gomez has jurisdiction over the confirmation schedule in his own Archdiocese.  We can hope that Pope Francis will ground Cardinal Mahony and turn off his self-serving blog.  We can also hope that Archbishop Gomez will do right by the faithful of his Archdiocese and *in fact* relieve Cardinal Mahony of his public duties in the Archdiocese.  Members of the hierarchy need to stop scandalizing the faithful.  Enough already.  It is Cardinal Mahony who should "go home now."  If Pope Francis seeks to "rebuild" the Church, Cardinal Mahony's public presence is only impeding that all-important work.  Public penance for the Cardinal would be a help to that work on which turns, after all, the salvation of souls.  Archbishop Gomez's integrity is on the line here as well, and the jury -- including in the form of the LA Times -- is observing the evidence as it pours in. 

32 comments:

Rick DeLano said...

Could this appalling public disgrace of Archbishop Gomez possibly have occurred absent the direct intervention of the Supreme Pontiff?

I am not certain which is more horrifying- a "yes" or a "no" answer to the above question.

This just is not working.



Adfero said...

I would assume he's working on his own, as Mahoney has always worked on his own, for himself.

Woody said...

Taking off from Rick's point, it seems to me that there are only three possible explanations:

1. Archbishop Gomez is now witholding disciplinary measures because he thinks it better for the local church in L.A. that the appearance (one would say: hypocrisy) of continuity be maintained.

2. Gomez wanted to do something but the Vatican failed to give him any indication of support, a la the Washington scene at the time of Humanae Vitae.

3. Mahony has the goods on Gomez.

I knew, and went to confession to, then Father Gomez (we called him "Fr. Jose") when he was here in Houston, and he is a very nice, intelligent man who I like very much. I disagree with his apparent open borders idea, but that aside, I hate to see him caught up in this situation, and pray that Our Lady, to whom he is devoted, will send him aid. Only She can help us now.

Joe Potillor said...

It would not surprise me if Cardinal Mahony was going against the orders of Abp Gomez, since when was Mahony the crown jewel for obedience...as he once proclaimed Redemptionis Sacramentum didn't need to be put into effect in his diocese because of zero liturgical abuse. Mahony is a very proud person and will not go quietly. This will take a Papal Intervention....there is no way Abp Gomez is going to be able to transform the diocese with Mahony present in the diocese. Even though he has cleaned up some of the Liturgical Abuses that have occured in the diocese. There's a long way to go.

Matthew said...

"Papal intervention?"

Dream on. He is only the Bishop of Rome, dontcha know?

Augustinus said...

Archbishop Gomez reversed his own decree 'relieving' Cardinal Mahony of his public duties after only one day.

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2013/02/for-record-on-clarification-of-cardinal.html

It is rather unfortunate that Patrick Brennan is "confused" about what is happening. There is no confusion here. What is happening right now has Archbishop Gomez's full blessing.

Common Sense said...

Unless this dude Mahony is literary physicaly pacified and thrown out through the door, he'll continue to reek havoc. But again, this is an NO gaynik regime, the principal wholemark of vastly apostate church. H.H. needs to concecrate Russia without delay. Great unease pervades everywhere. People are restless and anxious. It seems, that civil unrest of unpresedented magnitude is brewing.
"Pray, hope and don't worry!" St. Padre Pio.

Veritas said...

The Holy Father is going to discipline Mahony who boasted about voting for him in the conclave? Right.

JabbaPapa said...

This is a non-story -- the Archbishop clarified that the relief of public duty did NOT extend to the Cardinal's priestly vocation, but essentially those belonging to his episcopate emeritus.


The Cardinal has NOT been barred from giving Mass, nor hearing Confessions, nor from any other basic priestly duties.

mr de nobili said...

rome is weak. the bishops are weak.

ka said...

Will no one rid me of this priest?

Dan Hunter said...

The repudiation of authority continues apace.

D. Harold said...

You said "Only the Pope can discipline a Cardinal".

But that is incorrect. It comes under the competence of the CDF because the Pope in the Decree Bom Pastor (of Pope John Paul II) delegated Power to the CDF to be able to do so!

Osusanna said...

Is it too disrespectful to say psych case or demonic oppression?

Unknown said...

It looks to me that the good Archbishop Gomez - who inherited a right bag of worms - has done as much as he possibly could to quell the turbulent Mahoney, who out-ranks him personally. Perhaps the local bishops aren't embarrassed to have Mahoney around confirming for them - one does not know.

Katalina said...

This is part of the Problem with many Western Bishops over the last few decades- the reluctance to actually Discipline a fellow cleric Publicly because it is been considered to be "UNPASTORAL" whatever that means. Also the word "COLLEGIALITY" has also been a factor in all this as now the Bishops (and their conferences) are thought to be a "Power Sharing" Parallel Magisterium since the Council. It MUST be CLARIFIED in this Year of Faith.

El Cid said...

According to Ed Peters, Mahony's confirmations are licit until "competent ecclesiastical authority" expressly prohibits him from administering sacraments.

As Archbishop of Los Angeles, Gomez is such an authority, does indeed "outrank" Mahony, and can put a stop to him today. However, Abp. Gomez appeared to undermine his own authority (not to mention calling his competence into question) with the milquetoast "clarifications" issued almost immediately after his so-called ban on the Cardinal.

This calls to mind the ridiculous episode of Gen. Braxton Bragg issuing a criticism and retraction of one of his own orders.

In any event, Abp. Gomez and the rest of the USCCB need to get real. If they can't summon the courage to send a disgrace like Mahony to the nearest monastery, then the Church's moral authority is nil. If Gomez or the USCCB appealed to Rome and were met with silence, that's an even bigger problem.

Maybe as a protest, some of the faithful in LA could hoist up sackcloths and ashes wherever Mahony appears in public.

Unknown said...

All Cardinals have universal faculties.

steven said...

How exactly does the salvation of my soul "turn" on the work of Roger Mahony?

Alphonsus Jr. said...

I live a mile from where Mahony is holed up. As for Archbishop Gomez, he's been utterly worthless. There's been no discernible change in this wasteland since he took over.

Beefy Levinson said...

If I didn't know Mahony was a real person, I'd swear he was a character from a Jack Chick tract.

Bwangi Kilonzo said...

I would say Archbishop Gomez is afraid of Cardinal Mahony.

The only potential problem is, that is the wrong person he should be afraid of. the Person to be Afraid of is Christ.

meanwhile Since Cardinal Mahony is still an Ordained Bishop, in Union with the Holy Father, the celebrated Sacraments are valid. That is important.

Common Sense said...

What possible benefit for the church is there from ministry of Mahonys' like breed? Commissars like him deliver only misery and misfortune on others.

Wendell said...

No need for idle speculation here. Archbishop Gomez is a man of God, trained under +Chaput, a man of God.

There is an old saying: give a man just enough rope to hang himself. The more Mahony misbehaves, the tighter the noose gets.

apis said...

Maybe the good cardinal is invoking a state of emergency?

Arthur said...

Why don't the faithful in Los Angeles take a stand and walk out of the Confirmation ceremony when Cardinal Mahoney shows up to administer the sacrament? As a parent, I would not want my child confirmed by this man, who failed so egregiously to protect the children in his diocese from molesting priests. Get up, grab your child's hand, and walk out of the church, thereby sending a very public message to Mahoney and Gomez, that it is not "business as usual" anymore in Los Angeles!

Aged parent said...

It's pretty much the same here in Milwaukee. When Dolan replaced the execrable Rembert Weakland, he allowed him to stay around making a nuisance of himself and very often delegated Confirmation duties to him. He had him at his installation ceremony as well.

And the new Ordinary, Archbishop Listecki, is doing the same thing. Weakland was at his installation, is still around, still doing Confirmations, etc. We must presume that Weakland knows where all the bodies are buried.

Ron Selgrath said...

Archbishop Gomez was installed in 2011. He had full access to the records, and protected them by the archdiocese spending enormous amounts of money, including unsuccessful appeals to the Supreme Court.

When they finally came out, he threw Mahony under the buss to look good. He is deep into the coverup.

Floreat said...

Share your thoughts with Cardinal Mahony on his blog - a number of concerned Catholics do....it's always helpful to charitably correct an erring brother and it leaves readers in no doubt about the catholicity of anything written by the good cardinal.

Joe Potillor said...

Floreat, Cardinal Mahony does not allow comments on his blog. But he does have twitter...and I've expressed my anger more than once.

Archbishop Gomez was appointed co-adjutor in 2010. It would not surprise me if Cardinal Mahony was not in full disclosure about things in the Archdiocese...

But who are we kidding, nothing will be done about this situation.

poetcomic1 said...

Archbishop Gomez has more important things on his agenda, for instance this man who lived his first 36 years in Mexico has come to the U.S. to tell us how important it is for us to give away our American citizenship to illegals because its 'nice'. I never knew that Catholic charity involved giving away other people's jobs, other people's money and a citizenship paid for with the blood of Americans (including the many Hispanic-Americans who have died in our wars) because... it is 'nice'.

Floreat said...

Joe Pollitor

Sorry - yes, you're correct. I meant his Twitter account...fast and immediate. Technological terminology isn't always my strong point, as you may have noticed. :-)