• RSS Queering the Church

    • The Evolutionary Value of Homosexuality. November 27, 2014
      Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have suggested that the evolutionary value of homosexuality lies in its ability to promote social bonding.  Dr Diana Fleischman and colleagues found that in two groups of heterosexual men and women respectively, just having homoerotic thoughts…Read more →
      Terence Weldon
    • Mississippi Court Lists the Reasons for Marriage. November 26, 2014
      Two more American courts, Arkansas and Mississippi, ruled yesterday in favour of marriage equality and struck down the voter – approved constitutional amendments which prohibited same – sex marriage. Here’s the current Wikimedia map for the marriage equality state of…Read more →
      Terence Weldon
  • RSS Spirit of a Liberal

    • Gonna Stick My Sword in the Golden Sand September 15, 2014
      Gonna Stick My Sword in the Golden Sand: A Vietnam Soldier's Story has just been released. The title comes from a stanza of the gospel traditional, Down by the Riverside, with its refrain--"Ain't gonna study war no more." Golden Sand is a bold, dark, and intense retelling of the Vietnam experience through the eyes of an army scout that is […]
      Obie Holmen
    • Gay Games Symposium July 21, 2014
      I am pleased and honored that the UCC has asked me to moderate a symposium during the games entitled Queer Christians: Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
      Obie Holmen
  • RSS There Will be Bread

    • Where Are You? October 26, 2011
      Greetings to all others who grace these pages! Thank you for stopping by. If you still have a reader pointed here, this blog no longer publishes in this location, but can be found at this new link. Please subscribe to the new feed, get the new blog via email or read us by liking us on Facebook or by following me on Twitter.If you want more, please feel free […]
      noreply@blogger.com (Fran)
  • RSS The Wild Reed

    • Something to Think About . . . November 28, 2014
      See also the previous Wild Reed posts:• Something to Think About – November 26, 2014• Capitalism on Trial• R.I.P. Neoclassical Economics• Quote of the Day – March 28, 2011• Remembering the "Radical Ethic" of the Catholic Worker Movement• Quote of the Day – August 17, 2011• John le Carré’s Dark Suspicions• John Pilger on Resisting Empire• A Call to […]
      noreply@blogger.com (Michael J. Bayly)
    • Quote of the Day November 25, 2014
      If your concerns about violence are limited to property damage and looting, and you have never shed two tears for the history of institutional violence, murder, colonialism, segregation, lynching, genocide and police brutality against peoples of color, your words mean nothing; they mean less than nothing. Your outrage, in such a case is grotesque, an inversi […]
      noreply@blogger.com (Michael J. Bayly)
  • RSS Bilgrimage

    • New Essay by Jerry Slevin: "Thanksgiving, Catholic Hope and Pope Francis" November 28, 2014
      For your weekend reading on what's a long weekend for many American workers, I'd like to recommend to you Jerry Slevin's new essay at his Christian Catholicism site entitled "Thanksgiving, Catholic Hope and Pope Francis." As with everything Jerry writes, this posting is actually an essay, and it bears very careful reading. In offerin […]
      noreply@blogger.com (William D. Lindsey)
    • More Commentary on Ferguson Story Worth Reading / Seeing: What's the Pattern Here? November 28, 2014
      Lawrence O'Donnell discusses what St. Louis Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kathi Alizadeh accomplished by handing the grand jury, at the start of its hearing about Darren Wilson, a copy of a Missouri law declared unconstitutional in 1985 by the U.S. Supreme Court:The Assistant District Attorney Kathi Alizadeh then handed the grand jury a copy of a 1979 […]
      noreply@blogger.com (William D. Lindsey)
  • RSS Enlightened Catholicism

  • RSS Far From Rome

    • the way ahead March 23, 2013
      My current blog is called the way ahead.
      noreply@blogger.com (PrickliestPear)
  • RSS The Gay Mystic

    • The Cross of Garabandal and the death of Joey Larmargino November 25, 2014
      Garabandal seen from the PinesA little bit late, but I just heard of the death of Joey Lamangino, the blind man who became one of the principal apostles of the apparitions of Garabandal, Spain (1961-1965). Joey passed away on June 18th of this year, and shortly thereafter his New York Garabandal Center was closed. Only a tiny remnant of true believers still […]
      noreply@blogger.com (Jayden Cameron )
    • Still alive and kicking November 11, 2014
      Prague Noir on a Wintery NightI'm still alive and kicking, as the saying goes. But I've been putting a lot of time into my new book review blog, Crime Scene Reviews. Check it out if crime novels are your cup of arsenic laced tea. And if you want to help out, please vote in the book poll on the site. Both books up for a vote are based on true life i […]
      noreply@blogger.com (Jayden Cameron )
  • RSS The Jesus Manifesto

    • 借入しすぎを防ぎたい February 26, 2014
      自分でこれ以上借りないと思っていても、ついつい借りてしまう浪費癖が治らないそれならいっそのこと、借りれなくしてしまえばいいのです。日本貸金業協会の貸付自粛制度とは貸付自粛制度とは、資金需要者が、自らに浪費の習癖があることその他の理由により、自らを自粛対象者とする旨又は親族のうち一定の範囲の者が、金銭貸付による債務者を自粛対象者とする旨を日本貸金業協会に対して申告することにより、日本貸金業協会が、これに対応する情報を個人信用情報機関に登録し、一定期間、当該個人信用情報機関の会員に対して提供する制度です。登録手数料等の費用はかかりません。貸付自粛情報の登録内容氏名 性別 生年月日 住所 自宅電話番号(または携帯電話番号) 勤務先名 勤務先電話番号 貸付自粛情報の登録内容 氏名 性別 生年月日 住所 自宅電話番号(ま […]
  • RSS John McNeill: Spiritual Transformations

  • RSS Perspective

    • Links November 28, 2014
      - I've been renting the first season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it's pretty fun. In the last episode I saw, Bill Paxton made an appearance. I can't think of him without thinking of his memorable role in Aliens :) ... - I came upon this past article by John Dear ... The facts are in: Nonviolent resistance works - And this artic […]
      noreply@blogger.com (crystal)

Mahony Rebuked: PR, Politics and Who Is Really in Charge

(As posted on DailyKos)

I am not defending Cardinal Mahony’s record of aiding and abetting the sexual torture of Los Angeles children. I am explaining why, for the first time in the history of the American Catholic Church, one hierarch was publicly censured and other notorious US prelates (Law – Boston MA, Rigali and Bevilacqua – Philadelphia PA, Brom – San Diego CA, Franklin – Davenport IA, Grahmann – Dallas TX, Coleman – Fall River MA, McCormack – Manchester NH, Egan – Bridgeport CT, Cote – Norwich CT, Murphy – Rockville Centre NY, McDonnell – Springfield MA, et al) who did pretty much the same thing were not and what this tells us about who is really in charge of the Catholic Church.

Mahony used to be a well-regarded champion of Latino rights and undocumented immigrants. His successor, Opus Dei Archbishop Jose Gomez, was supposed to take up Mahony’s mantel as chief Catholic defender of Latinos (today‘s post “Archbishop Gomez hails Senate immigration reform plan”) so that Gomez can persuade them to vote Republican. Yet California Latinos weren’t listening to Gomez and voted Democrat.

Since Gomez’s announcement on Thursday that he was relieving Mahony of “any administrative or public duties” (which is bogus as I will explain below) over his mishandling of clergy sex abuse, Gomez has been widely lauded as “brave” and “courageous,” the grand protector of children.

As the LA Times noted: “The release of the records and the rebuke of [Cardinal Mahony] in LA’s molestation scandal signaled a clear desire by Gomez to define the sexual abuse crisis as a problem of a different era – and a different archbishop” and substantially increase his own prestige.

Mahony’s public disgrace is also a warning to any US hierarch who might publicly opine that his fellow bishops are too blatantly joined at the hip with the GOP or otherwise go his own way. In 2004, Mahony publicly invited Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry, to receive communion in his archdiocese even though Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) had instructed the US episcopate to bar Kerry from the sacrament. Neither has Mahony’s public feud with Mother Angelica, founder of the right wing, pro-Republican Catholic media empire, EWTN, ever been forgiven.

Under the terms of a 2007 settlement with more than 500 victims, the archdiocese was required make public the personnel files of every cleric accused of abuse. Since Gomez was assigned to the LA archdiocese in May 2010, he fought as hard as Mahony to keep hidden the 12,000 just-released pages of 122 personnel files on sexually abusive priests. On Thursday afternoon, a judge signed the order requiring the archdiocese to hand over the records and an hour later Gomez’s statement relieving Mahony of “any administrative or public duties” was released to the press.

[A]ccording to diocesan spokesman Tod Tamberg, Mahony’s daily routine will remain largely unchanged. Mahony retired in March 2011. As Tamberg told me, since that time Mahony “has had no administrative duties.” Tamberg explained that in response to Gomez’s letter, the cardinal “is reducing his public profile.”…Yet Mahony “remains a priest in good standing, and a cardinal of the church,” Tamberg said. “He can celebrate the sacraments with no restrictions.”

What is also startling is this exposure that the plutocrats are running the Catholic Church and not the Vatican.

First, it is almost unheard of for a lower cleric or prelate to reprimand a cardinal or even (symbolically) limit his activities. These are actions reserved solely to the pope. Second, Gomez’s statement was made without prior approval from the Holy See. On Friday, Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, said “that although he has received several requests for comment from news agencies, there are no plans at this time to issue a statement. Among other things, he said, the Vatican needs time ‘to better understand the situation,’” according to the American Vatican expert, John L. Allen Jr.

The only news I could find from the usual Italian “Vatican watchers” so far about this was yesterday’s article in La Stampa “Los Angeles: The sad duel between Cardinal Mahony and Archbishop Gomez,” which indicates that the Vatican has not yet backed Gomez.

If there is any criticism being leveled at Gomez in the Catholic press, it is the failure to similarly censure Bishop Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph. In September 2012, Finn was convicted for failure to report the criminal sexual activity with a child of Fr. Ratigan to the authorities. But then, Finn was also ordained into Opus Dei.

Or perhaps Gomez can’t draw attention to the sex abuse scandal as a current and on-going abomination and needs to foster the public perception that the sex abuse scandal is not only a thing of the past but also that the US episcopate is “taking action.” A common complaint has been the lack of “fraternal correction” among the episcopate for one of its own.

In addition to all of the above, Gomez’s statement can be used to counter the damaging publicity sure to come after tomorrow’s HBO premier of the documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.” Per the press release:

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a coverup that winds its way from our hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control – St. John’s School for the Deaf in St. Francis – the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that, because they stand for good, they can do no wrong.

The film, the release of the LA documents, the attorneys-general and grand jury investigations throughout the country, the tenacious and thorough reporting – none would have been possible without the incredible courage of the victims to come forward and tell their stories of the most unspeakable and intimate violations. Many did so even facing ostracism and worse from their families, their friends and communities – not to mention the persecution and humiliation heaped upon them by Catholic officials and attorneys.

We can thank them that people like Jerry Sandusky are no longer protected and that many states are revising their statutes of limitations to make all our children safer. 

4 Responses

  1. “Gomez’s statement was made without prior approval from the Holy See.” I’ve read the reverse elsewhere. Very few prelates ever “go rogue.”

    I suspect this was all very carefully choreographed. . .

    • I don’t know how else to interpret Lombardi’s response to John L. Allen Jr. “the Vatican needs time ‘to better understand the situation.'” Perhaps it’s because the Vatican had other problems to deal with last week:

      ANSA) – Rome, January 31 – The former head of the Vatican bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was questioned on Thursday by prosecutors investigating suspect operations at the troubled Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) bank.

      The prosecutors wanted to talk to Gotti Tedeschi about MPS’s nine-billion-euro acquisition of Antonveneta in 2008 from Spanish bank Santander.

      Gotti Tedeschi was in charge of Santander’s operations in Italy before becoming president of the Vatican Bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), in 2009.

      http://www.lifeinitaly.com/news/en/168060

      ROME

      , Feb 5 (Reuters) – The Vatican on Tuesday denied an Italian newspaper report linking its IOR bank to Monte dei Paschi di Siena’s 2007 acquisition of smaller rival Antonveneta, a deal which is now the centre of a widening corruption investigation.

      The Corriere della Sera reported on Monday that the chief executive of the Vatican’s Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) had “delicate and important meetings” with Monte Paschi’s adviser for the 9-billion euro purchase of Antonveneta.

      It also listed several sets of numbers it said identified IOR bank accounts used to transmit funds to Monte Paschi for the acquisition. Prosecutors are looking into allegations that bribes were paid to secure the deal.

      Here is another indication of internal fissure: “Abp Chaput Throws Gauntlet at +Dolan’s Feet” http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/abp-chaput-throws-gauntlet-dolans-feet

  2. Thanks, Betty, for your incisive and effective analysis. Jerry Slevin

  3. I appreciate your comment, Jerry. Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 148 other followers

%d bloggers like this: