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4 - LA Aux. Bishop steps down after his two children show up

From today's Bollettino of the Holy See Press Office:

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the office of Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (U.S.A.) presented by H.E.Bp. Gabino Zavala, Tit. Bishop of Tamascani, in conformity with Canons 411 and 401 §2 of the Code of Canon Law.

The reason for this 401 §2 (i.e. early) resignation? One we found only in the Italian press: the Bishop has two teenage children, it has been "found". A letter by the local Archbishop that is still to appear (at the time of posting, it had not yet been published) in the archdiocesan website will state that Zavala "is the father of two minor teenage children, who live with their mother in another state. ... The Archdiocese has reached out to the mother and children to provide spiritual care as well as funding to assist the children with college costs. The family’s identity is not known to the public, and I wish to respect their right to privacy." [1500 GMT: Note: this text was edited once the original English version of the letter appeared in the Archdiocesan website.]

Below, a picture of the Bishop with altar serves of the Campus Ministry Mount Saint Mary's College following the "Closing Liturgy" in a past edition of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. [Source.]

Zavala, 60,  was named Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles by Pope John Paul II in 1994. He is also Bishop-President of "Justice and Peace" organization Pax Christi, the USA Chapter of the international "Peace" Movement.

[Source: TMNews (in Italian); tip: Papa Ratzinger blog.] 

Update (1500 GMT). Full text from the Archdiocesan website:

From: Archdiocese of Los Angeles Priority: High
Archbishop José H. Gomez releases a statement on the resignation of Bishop Gabino Zavala.
Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I have some sad and difficult information to share with you. Bishop Gabino Zavala, auxiliary bishop for the San Gabriel Pastoral Region, informed me in early December that he is the father of two minor teenage children, who live with their mother in another state.

Bishop Zavala also told me that he submitted his resignation to the Holy Father in Rome, which was accepted. Since that time, he has not been in ministry and will be living privately.

The Archdiocese has reached out to the mother and children to provide spiritual care as well as funding to assist the children with college costs. The family’s identity is not known to the public, and I wish to respect their right to privacy.

Let us pray for all those impacted by this situation and for each other as we reflect on this letter.

May the Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, grant you peace.

44 comments:

  1. http://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20040307-Priest-by-Name-Only-and-Not-by-Deed.html

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  2. Thomas3:05 PM

    It just gets better and better.

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  3. Deo Gratias3:05 PM

    Another wonderful appointment by JPII "the great".

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  4. Hieronymus3:14 PM

    I would chalk this one up to Mahoney. I would also say that credit is due for not making him an Ordinary--he was appointed auxillary at 42, which generally leads in that direction.

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  5. Another tragic example of bishops fumbling about is the ever so "polite" manner in dealing with the "case" of Raymond Lahey.


    http://torontocatholicwitness.blogspot.com/2012/01/lahey-case-and-cccb.html

    http://voxcantor.blogspot.com/2011/12/make-him-mr-lahey-now.html

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  6. CNS has the text of the letter from the Archbishop:

    January 4, 2012

    Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    I have some sad and difficult information to share with you. Bishop Gabino Zavala, auxiliary bishop for the San Gabriel Pastoral Region, informed me in early December that he is the father of two minor teenage children, who live with their mother in another state.

    Bishop Zavala also told me that he submitted his resignation to the Holy Father in Rome, which was accepted. Since that time, he has not been in ministry and will be living privately.

    The Archdiocese has reached out to the mother and children to provide spiritual care as well as funding to assist the children with college costs. The family’s identity is not known to the public, and I wish to respect their right to privacy.

    Let us pray for all those impacted by this situation and for each other as we reflect on this letter.

    May the Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, grant you peace.

    Most Reverend José H. Gomez

    Archbishop of Los Angeles

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  7. The Pope has also appointed the auxiliary of Orange to be Co-Adjutor of San Diego, another diocese filled with scandal. Not a word of this scandal was mentioned by Catholic Answers which is based in this diocese.

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  8. Anonymous3:44 PM

    Mahoney's legacy emanates from the loins of this ex-bishop.

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  9. Blake Konczal4:02 PM

    Then "Father" Zavala was the Dean of Students at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo at the same time that "Monsignor" George Niederauer was Rector. They destroyed the vocations of untold orthodox seminarians. Zavala rose through the ranks because of his loyalty to Mahoney. I am glad to see some "public" sense of justice in what has occurred.

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  10. Gratias4:05 PM

    What shame.

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  11. Well, by judging from the good number of altar girl servers, I do not know if exclusively, he was very fond of women.

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  12. Oh my goodness, how shocking! That a bishop could also be a serious sinner is beyond belief! How is it possible that there are serious sinners in the Catholic Church?

    Don't these bishops understand how they are to be sinless, always, as we here, on Rorate Caeli, always are?

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  13. Deo gratias the good Bp. Gomez didn't cover it up.

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  14. Tradfly5:55 PM

    We might find a trace of hope in this, insofar as there's reasonable indication that at least this one isn't batting for the other team.

    So in that sense, I sort of agree with Enoch, that sin is lesser than abomination (genrally speaking).

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  15. Welp, at least he's heterosexual.






    (God have mercy upon me).

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  16. Of course morose delectation is a very real but overlooked sin, which is why I offer the following:

    Abbayé de Fontgombault Sanctus

    We must never fall into despair, or think there is salvation outside the Church. Who was the first bishop to fall? St. Peter, our first Pope, who denied Christ not once but three times (and was compared to Satan by our Lord).

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  17. Xavier Rynne6:08 PM

    Teenage? So he kept this charade up for 15 years? Incredible.

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  18. Enoch, I'm not shocked that the bishop is a sinner (and I suspect the editors weren't either), but that doesn't mean that the gravity of his sins can't be shocking.

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  19. Hubert6:15 PM

    Dear Enoch. Human weakness is one thing. But when someone with authority over seminarians uses this authority ( and pious language about obedience and "the mind of the Church" etc) to destroy the vocations of seminarians who are deemed to be too traditional (I think the code in rectors's reports for "too Catholic" is "narrow and unpastoral") and then this person in authority turns out to have been living a double life, then it should make every decent human being feel uneasy. More uneasy, for instance, than we might feel when a kindly old priest slips up in some way and repents.

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  20. Edward, NeoCaths are loath to mention any scandal that directly involves John Paul "The Great." Catholic Answers is like RealCatholicTV, whose official policy is not to say a word about the scandals of Assisi. See the post here from Executive Producer Terry Carroll of RealCatholicTV:

    http://catholicforum.fisheaters.com/index.php/topic,3446362.0.html

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  21. Ceolfrid aef Dealgancaester6:48 PM

    So, what will this bishop's punishment be? Will he be defrocked?

    Moreover, why are his children eligible for financial support (from the diocese!) for their college education?

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  22. P.K.T.P.6:58 PM

    Xavier Rynne makes the best point here. The real shock is not the revelation itself. Let us not forget that this problem is not a Vatican II invention. For centuries, bishops had their concubines. St. Pio of Pietrelcino had such a bishop, to my recollection (D. Manfredonia?).

    No, the real question is this: How was this man able to keep this quiet for fifteen years and more, especially in this age of modern communication? In other words, I find it hard to believe that his diocesan was completely unaware of this. That raises more questions. Who will go next for not a sexual sin but the more serious sin of an organised cover-up?

    Also, this Bishop's action, however bad, is nothing compared to that of Fr. Raymond Gravel of the Diocese of Joliette, in Canada. Fr. Gravel defended the legalisation of abortion and inverted marriage on television, and was himself a former male prostitute. He has never retracted his t.v. splash. He remains a Parish Priest in Repentigny, after having served a term as an elected politician. His candidacy in that election was never approved by Rome. While an elected M.P., he argued in Parliament against a bill that would have made it a separate crime to harm an unborn child in an assault on that child's mother.

    He remains a Parish Priest. Meanwhile, parish priests who offer the Traditional Latin Mass without 'permission' from their bishops become prison and hospital chaplains. It's a joke, ladies and gentlemen: it's a sick and vile joke. A purge? It has not yet even begun.

    P.K.T.P.

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  23. If Bugnini were Diocesan Mouthpiece:

    From: Archdiocese of Los Angeles Priority: High
    Archbishop José H. Gomez releases a statement on the resignation of Bishop Gabino Zavala

    Dear Sisters and Brothers

    I have some sweet-bitter news to impart. Because of Rome's intrangisence on the issue of Married Priests (When will we Latins respond to the Holy Spirit's prompting to allow Married Priests which they allow in our other superior Eastern Lung) Bishop Gabino Zavla, archbishop for the San Gabriel Pastoral Region, informed me in early Decemebr that his two beautiful and talented minor teenaged children have had to live lives of silent torture with their Baby Mom in another State.

    Two beautiful children crucified on the Cross of Celibacy. How long O, Lord; how long?

    Bishop Zavala also told me that he submitted his resignation to the Bishop of Rome, which was accepted. Since that time he has been in the Ministry of Fatherhood.

    The Archdiocese has reached out to the mother and children to provide spiritual care as well as funding to assist the children with college costs.

    Father Richard McBrien speculates that by this action we would be almost sorta mimicing the actions of The poor Holy Family if only Jesus had wanted to go to Hebrew University and Mary and Joseph couldn't afford it and so Nicodemus ponied-up the gold for tuition

    Let us all pray for forgiveness for the Latin Church which loves Celibacy more than children; which loves cermony more than children; which loves Latin more than Children; and which for over two thousand years has forced men to live a lie.

    May the Lord Jesus, through the inercession of Mary, grant you peace.

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  24. Xavier Rynne7:45 PM

    I remember Malachi Martin writing of the "superforce" within the hierarchy of the Church that prevents a real house cleaning. It sure feels that way sometimes.

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  25. I think it's important to remember that charity forbids us from taking delight in another person's sins, even if it's perceived as a blow to liberal Catholicism.

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  26. The entire NO establishment is corrupt and inherently defective - the more one reads about The Roman Catholic faith and studies its modernist counterpart the more one can discern a pending and final implosion.

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  27. Delphina9:27 PM

    It is not a blow to any particular side. It wounds the entire Mystical Body of Christ. Have these men no integrity? How can people live such double lives?

    Where's our pro "Married Priesthood" poster child from Florida?

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  28. Prof. Basto9:38 PM

    Isn't dismissal from the clerical state appropriate (and necessary) in this case?

    His Excellency has resigned as Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, but as of this moment he is still a clergyman, enjoys full faculties to celebrate Mass and the Sacraments (he is not suspended a divinis) and has in the Hierarchy of Jurisdiction the rank of a Bishop of the Catholic Church, with full canonical implications (as a Bishop in communion with Rome, even if under early retirement, His Excellency is a member of the College of Bishops and has, for instance, the right to be summoned to an Ecumenical Council).

    Of course his Holy Orders cannot be revoked, but his place in the Hierarchy of Jurisdiction can. The fact that he was only forced to present an early resignation from the office of Auxiliary Bishop, and remains a full member of the Catholic Hierarchy, is absurd.

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  29. Delphina10:22 PM

    Deo Gratias wrote: "Another wonderful appointment by JPII 'the great'."

    That reminded me of something Malachi Martin (of whom I am not a big fan) said in one of his interviews with Bernard Janzen. He said that he and other priests had "plastered" (that's the word he used) evidence in front of the face of Pope John Paul II regarding priests and prelates who weren't living good lives. It made no difference to him.

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  30. Anonymous10:55 PM

    "Deo gratias the good Bp. Gomez didn't cover it up."

    One wonders if Mahoney had covered it up all these years.

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  31. small consolation but at least he likes girls ...

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  32. Ad Altare Dei12:14 AM

    And yet this SSPX is not given any kind of faculties...incredible!

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  33. Jose L Campos12:34 AM

    Sicine tranquillo produci saecula cursu, sic fortunatas patiemur vivere gentes?
    quae nova corrupit nostros clementia mores? quo innata rabies perit? quid inania prosunt verbera? quid facibus nequiquam cingimur atris?

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  34. Deo Gratias2:08 AM

    "Busted!!:)"

    This sums it up perfectly.

    Call me a skeptic, I don't believe the two kids just showed up on his doorstep and he was surprised and immediately tendered his resignation. Can we have an accounting please of all the money the Bishop has spent over the last 16 years? Was there perhaps a refusal recently to pay for the kids past age 18?

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  35. oreoman2:15 AM

    Is this the tip of the ice berg with these churchmen in the N.O.
    The Vac II church it just keeps on giving more pain to the faithful. In GODs time all the rot will come out.

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  36. "The Archdiocese has reached out...to assist the children with college costs."

    Why?

    Tom

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  37. Barbara6:17 AM

    inherently defective, Leon G., not entirely corrupt...don't you think?


    "It is not a blow to any particular side. It wounds the entire Mystical Body of Christ. Have these men no integrity? How can people live such double lives?"

    I agree completely,Delphina

    For those who love and need the Church as they need bread and water - this is the reason for the shock and bewilderment, in my opinion - not self-righteousness in thinking that they are above sin. When the faithful stop being shocked and bewildered at this behaviour in Church leaders...what then?


    Barbara

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  38. Reader7:43 AM

    I am spartacus is a genius! That post was brilliant. Give us more please!

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  39. Gratias9:23 AM

    As a practicing Catholic in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, I suggest this is a good moment for archbishop Gomez to suggest names of substitutes for Randy Zavala that have actually participated in the Traditional Latin Mass. (His Exellency Archbsp. Gomez has not himself been present at any true Mass, so he should also do some reflecting of his own).

    Only priests that have offered both forms of the Latin Rite, Extraordinary and Ordinary, should be bishops. Otherwise, it would be fine to have internal medicine practitioners that have never had any training in surgery, but any medical doctor will tell you that is a most dangerous idea.

    When Cardinal Mahony was retired, he took the time and effort to first demote and ostracize our priest, a Holy man, from the California coast to the San Gabriel Mountains. He offered both the NO and TLM, a saintly pastor. He would be the perfect candidate to improve our Auxiliary Bishops.

    The four Auxiliary Bishops of Los Angeles must be turned over, if only because ever since Summorum Pontificum no new every-Sunday Traditional Masses have been allowed in this Diocese of 5,000,000 baptized Catholics. Bishop Gomez has said in negotiations with FSSP priests that this is ot his priority as yet.

    The failure of instituting additional "indult masses" is a complete scandal of disobedience to the Pope's law for the Church, promulgated in 2007. Bishop Gomez, who has responsibility for this, now has an opportunity to atone for the disobedience of his archdiocesan priests by nominating a man that can appreciate that the Catholic Church has two forms of the mass.

    St. John's Seminary in Camarillo has spawned disastrous Bishops - Zavala, Cardinal Mahony, Cardinal Levada and the Cardinal from Philadelphia (forgot his name) - it is time to put in place someone that appreciates the real source of the Catholic faith.

    If this were too much to ask for, then Bsp. Gomez should nominate a trusted Opus Dei priest that would be much better than a Liberal trained in the depraved St. John's Seminary in Camarillo.

    Probably the only good decision my reviled Cardinal Mahony did was to pay $ 640,000,000 for the buggery that took place under his watch. Sending the Zavala children through college on Peter's pence will be much cheaper than that. On the other hand, Señor Zavala could take a job to pay for the education of his own children, as all of us do or, if not, the resulting love-children could themselves request Federal largess student loans for Mexican opressed minorities.

    All this derthediis out of Ripley's believe it or not.

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  40. Indeed not, Barbara. The NO establishment is based on already papally condemned liberal modernist priciples and has a protestant and anthropocentric liturgy whose vernacular basis is anathema. Only a complete ignoramus can fail to see that what we can witness increasingly is the absolute decline and fall of a totally corrupt institution. Its ecumenical and interreligious policies are also scandalously horizontalist and phenomenological. Nothing is good about it except that it has fully exposed the enemies of The Church.

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  41. Prof. Basto1:35 PM

    Bishop Gabino Zavala resigned as auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles but he is still the Titular Bishop of Tamascani (cf: http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/d2t33.html).

    As a Titular Bishop, Zavala is as of this moment a full member of the Catholic Hierarchy, whereas the SSPX Bishops "have no canonical status in the Church".

    Isn't that something? It makes you reflect about the priorities of today's Church.

    A final note: canon 401 §2 (early) resignations also take place in situations that does not involve dishonour. For instance, a bishop who is not yet 75 but who suffers a major debilitating ilness or condition (for instance, a stroke), can and is often asked to resign under can. 401 §2o. So, shouldn't there be an additional mark of some kind to distinguish those "normal" early resignations from resignations that are actually a "dishonorable discharge" from office? Removing Bishop Gabino's titular see, or forcing him to resign the titular see, would be a first step.

    But, as I have already stated above, the only appropriate action in this case is penal dismissal from the clerical state.

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  42. I Am Not Spartacus:

    "Father Richard McBrien speculates that by this action we would be almost sorta mimicing the actions of The poor Holy Family if only Jesus had wanted to go to Hebrew University"

    BRILLIANT SPARTACUS and that sounds almost, sorta, kinda like what McBrien might say.


    SOONER
    OR
    LATER

    You can run on
    For a long time
    Run on for a
    Long time
    Run on for a long time
    Sooner or later
    God’ll cut
    ‘em down
    Sooner or later
    God’ll cut
    ‘em down

    These rotten wicked
    Heinous men
    Found foul and guilty
    Again and again
    All are depraved
    Each one of us
    Approve their boils
    Then suck their pus

    You can run on
    For a long time
    Run on for a
    Long time
    Run on for a long time
    Sooner or later
    God’ll cut
    ‘em down
    Sooner or later
    God’ll cut
    ‘em down

    Sent a Prelate
    Dressed in white
    To warn that the dark
    Will be brought to the light
    His cassocked clergy
    Teaching Faith truthfully
    But scourged like the
    Man from Galilee

    You can run on
    For a long time
    Run on for a
    Long time
    Run on for a long time
    Sooner or later
    God’ll cut
    ‘em down
    Sooner or later
    God’ll cut
    ‘em down

    Defilement diseased
    Septicity
    Carbuncled-consented
    Catholicity
    The man in the dome
    Dialogues to delay
    Optimistic his fruits of decay
    We’ll obey

    You can run on
    For a long time
    Run on for a
    Long time
    Run on for a long time
    Sooner or later
    God’ll cut
    You down
    Sooner or later
    God’ll cut
    You down

    Merci Marcel!

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  43. Everything Gratias said, I agree with...almost, I was once in the Archdiocese of Phiadelphia under Rigali..he's no where near as bad as Leveda, Zavala and Mahony.

    In addition to that, there have been priests that have come from Africa that do know the Traditonal Latin Mass that have been sent back by the former Cardinal.

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