Mahony to address 2019 catechist congress

Will he repeat cancellations of 2018 Scranton and Salt Lake City appearances?

Cardinal Mahony (photo by David McNew, Getty Images)

The following comes from a Jan. 11 story by Joseph Sciambra on LifeSiteNews.

Despite a 2013 statement from Archbishop Jose Gomez, the current head of the largest archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, Cardinal Roger Mahony will speak at the 2019 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The topic of his March 23rd address will be “Connecting Junior High and High School Students with the Volatile Immigration Issues.” According to his short biography on the congress’ website:

Cardinal Roger Mahony led the Los Angeles Archdiocese from 1985 until his retirement in 2011. Born in Hollywood, he was the first native “Angelino” [sic] to be elevated to the position of Cardinal. Cardinal Mahony oversaw the design and building of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which was dedicated in 2002, and now serves the total archdiocese of over 5 million Catholics. Since his retirement, Cardinal Mahony has devoted himself to the cause of comprehensive immigration reform on behalf of our immigrant brothers and sisters as well as refugees and displaced persons around the world.

On January 31, 2013, after files from the Archdiocese were released following a 2007 sex abuse lawsuit settlement that resulted in the largest pay-out ($660 million) in Church history, Archbishop Gomez stated:

I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties.

In the same 2013 statement, Archbishop Gomez announced that he had accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry as the Regional Bishop of Santa Barbara. According to documents released by the Archdiocese, beginning in the 1980s, then-Father Curry advised Mahony on how to avoid police involvement with priests accused of sexually abusing minors. In one case, Curry advised Mahony to keep a priest, Kevin Barmasse, accused of molesting a boy, from returning to Los Angeles; the priest was in active ministry in Arizona. In Arizona, the priest molested five teenage boys. These documents also revealed that Mahony repeatedly transferred, out of California or the United States, priests who had been accused of abuse in an attempt to allow the statute of limitations to expire.

Editor’s note:

According to a Feb. 20, 2018 story in California Catholic Daily:

“Pope Francis appointed disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass. But after uproar, the diocese removed the announcement of Mahony’s visit from their website and told LifeSiteNews the cardinal informed them “late last week” that he’ll be unable to attend.”

And in an August 21, 2018 story in California Catholic Daily:

In August of 2018, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported that Cardinal Mahony had canceled a scheduled keynote speech at an annual fundraiser for the Salt Lake diocese in the face of expected protests.

Comments

  1. This kind requires prayer and fasting to drive away

  2. What an insult on the Catholic Church.

  3. Clinton R. says:

    The Religious mis-Education Congress should be ashamed of itself.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Vatican eeds to take action! I thought Abp Gomez placed tough restrictions on Mahoney!

  5. Archbishop Gomez continues to be a severe disappointment. This man named Mahony, after his major coverup of all the corruption, should have been brought up on criminal charges. Archbishop Gomez, why have you backed off of your early-on order effectively silencing Mahony?

    • Technically, the Religious Education Congress is in the Diocese of Orange, not Los Angeles. So by appearing publicly and speaking at the conference Mahony is not having a public presence *within* the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. You see, with these clerical career politicians it’s all about technicalities and power and working the system to their advantage, especially with Mahony who used technicalities to his advantage in obstructing law enforcement from getting to his priests who had committed felonies.

  6. Salvatore Manella says:

    Cdl. Mahony reminds me of the movie “What About Bob.” No matter how much others try to discourage him, he keeps turning up at the most inappropriate times.

  7. When is someone in authority going to revoke Cardinal Mahoney’s ‘work permit’? No wonder those of us who contribute to pay the bills have little confidence in the hierarchy.

  8. Elizabeth T. says:

    Should not be allowed! I thought he had been ‘censured’ and couldn’t do anything public!?

    And at a Catechist Conference of all things!!!!!!

    Where is the common sense in the Church??????

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