First of all, I grew up in a Catholic home in Arizona. That said, by the time I was 25 and moved to California I thought a Cardinal was;
- A baseball player from St. Louis
- A football player, same city
- A bird, red in color, and purty but can’t sing
In subsequent years however, through news stories filtering up from Los Angeles, I’ve discovered a Cardinal is a very powerful individual, not only in the Catholic Church, but local politics as well.
My introduction to Cardinal Roger Mahony was fairly ignorant at best. He was not only a church leader, but a leader of churches and as the Catholic Church was where I was told God lived, well nobody would bring anything untoward in there, especially not a leader.
After several years of church sex molestation scandals, cover-up seemingly at the highest levels of the LA Archdiocese, and outright advocacy of citizen’s rights for illegal aliens, you can say I’ve been somewhat jaded by it all.
I can safely say I’m beyond jaded with him these days after comparing Arizonans to Nazis and Communists (my bolding);
American people are fair-minded and respectful. I can’t imagine Arizonans now reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques whereby people are required to turn one another in to the authorities on any suspicion of documentation. Are children supposed to call 911 because one parent does not have proper papers? Are family members and neighbors now supposed to spy on one another, create total distrust across neighborhoods and communities, and report people because of suspicions based upon appearance?
Really? So the Arizona law will require citizens “turn in one another”?
He also says;
We have built a huge wall along our southern border, and have posted in effect two signs next to each other. One reads, “No Trespassing,” and the other reads “Help Wanted.”
No, Mahony seems willfully ignorant of the fact that the “Help Wanted” sign comes with a stipulation; that they wait their turn, and then come here legally. Without orderly and fair immigration laws, we have chaos and as we’re seeing on the border today, near anarchy.
The left in this country you’ll notice has no problem whatsoever with a religious leader like Mahony mixing politics with religion when the politics agrees with their leftist ideology.
Think on something a little closer to the heart like abortion would rate the same outrage? Think again;
CNSNews.com) – When asked whether he agreed with Cardinal Justin Rigali, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ pro-life committee, that the House health care bill funds abortion and needs to be amended to prohibit abortion funding, Cardinal Roger Mahony told CNSNews.com that the issue of abortion funding in the health care bill is “way beyond my field.”
When asked whether he believed abortion should be funded under the bill, Cardinal Mahony said: “No, but that’s what the president said, too, so.”
Okay, how about supporting priests who do feel more strongly on the abortion issue? Looks close to non-existent to me;
Roger Cardinal Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, has called the priest who refused to give Communion to pro-Obama Catholic Douglas Kmiec, on the carpet. As many who read this site know, Kmiec, law dean of Pepperdine University, has been dining out with the mainstream media through self-generated publicity since a priest turned him down for Communion because of Kmiec’s support of Obama who not only is pro-abortion but killed the Born Live bill in the Illinois legislature. The bill would allow babies born alive as result of botched abortions the right to receive nourishment and medical care. By killing the bill, Obama contrasted himself from other pro-abort lawmakers in the U.S. Senate who voted for the same measure. Obama and his wife Michelle, also a lawyer, have stated they favored killing the Born Live bill because they fear it would begin a drive to repeal legalized abortion.
No, we don’t elect Cardinals, so what’s the point of all this? Catholic bashing is what I’ll probably be accused of, but it’s far from that.
Mostly it’s ranting; the guy said something that crossed the line with me.
But here’s a question; is this an example of leftist ideology creeping into the church?
Seeing this, it looks like leftist creep to me;
On July 1, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was holding inauguration ceremonies for Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor-elect of Los Angeles, who is pro-abortion and yet claims to be Catholic. A group of about a dozen young adult Catholics attempted to gain entry to the Cathedral and were stopped and threatened by cathedral security guards.
The group was part of American Life League’s 2005 Crusade for Life walks during which they trek from San Diego to Sacramento spreading the truth about the incompatibility of Catholicism and support of abortion. This project normally includes stops in Catholic churches along the way where they usually expect to receive a friendly welcome.
American Life League president, Judie Brown, a long-time critic of the Cardinal demanded his resignation. “It is an outrage,” she said, “that an event honouring a pro-abortion Catholic public figure that openly supports the killing of the pre-born would occur at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral.”
It was not until the arrival of civil authorities that the young Catholics were allowed in to the church. Los Angeles police explained to the Catholic church’s hired security that the group had a right to enter for purposes of peaceful protest.
“How ironic that the Cathedral security guards wanted to arrest the students and the LAPD had to step in and point out that such an act would be unconstitutional,” said Brown. “The truths of the Church will always stand strong, regardless of who attempts to stifle them…even a cardinal.”
Brown said, “It is even more shameful that Cardinal Mahony and others would attempt to censor faithful Catholic students from proclaiming the truth.”
Where does politics end and religion begin? In Los Angeles, the line could be called “fuzzy”, unless say Mahony had taken a more “rule of law” and pro-life stand. I bet the left would be pretty damn clear where the line was then.
[Updated; see also Gateway Pundit]