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Famed expensive Los Angeles Cathedral…how much, Cardinal Mahony?

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How many Cardinals does it take to

sweep a scandal under the papal carpet?

Cardinal Sins:

You’ve got Levada, Mahony, Law…

and the very long, very sad,  list goes on…

Fame or Shame?

Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony – builds the Cathedral Called “Rog Mahal”

Rog Mahal – aka The LA Cathedral was pricey – from Wikipedia:

The prices for some cathedral furnishings have also caused consternation. $5 million was budgeted for the altar,

  • the main bronze doors cost $3 million, 
  • $2 million was budgeted for the wooden ambo (lectern)
  • and $1 million for the tabernacle. $1 million was budgeted for the cathedra (bishop’s chair),
  • $250,000 for the presider’s chair,
  • $250,000 for each deacon’s chair,
  • and $150,000 for each visiting bishops’ chair,
  • while pews cost an average of $50,000 each.

The cantor’s stand cost $100,000 while each bronze chandelier/speaker cost $150,000.[6] The great costs incurred in its construction and Mahony’s long efforts to get it built led critics to dub it the “Taj Mahony”[11] and the “Rog Mahal”.[12]

The Cardinal: Hollywood Real Estate magnate?



Cardinal Mahony: He Blogs, he is on Facebook and he will not  talk about shuffling the inappropriate priests from one parish to another for decades.

See Cardinal Mahony in the disturbing and

insightful Award Winning Documentary:

Deliver Us from Evil

Mahony may not go down in Catholic history

as a real estate magnate – but as a man who looked the other way – time and time again –

as priests, under his watch, repeatedly abused children. He shuffled  pedophiles from parish to parish…is infamous for it.

Deliver us from Evil

” German Bishop Spends Millions gets Expelled by Pope”

“Pope Francis has suspended indefinitely  German Roman Catholic Bisop Van Elst – known as the “luxury bishop” from his diocese for spending $43 million to decorate his residence- aka The Palace.

“The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorise a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst,” the Vatican said in a statement on Wednesday.”

Hey, guys….What happened to that vow of poverty?

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Not a Roman Holiday – New Pope Censures Nuns

Stained GlassBy Simone Campbell, Published: April 19 – Washington Post

“I would be lying if I wrote that I was not hurt by the reaffirmation of the censure of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and by extension of NETWORK, the Catholic social justice lobby that I lead. I had hoped that the censure would quietly disappear in an Italian bureaucratic way. But this is not to be. Rather we are to continue to be caught in macro-church-politics of a group of Catholics at odds with the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).On April 6, the Vatican announced that Pope Frances had appointed Franciscan leader the Rev. José Rodriguez Carballo as a key leader in the department that works with religious men and women around the world.This was seen as a move toward healing of the relationship between the Vatican and American women religious.On Saturday, April 13, Pope Frances announced the formation of an advisory committee that represents the global church leadership and only one member of the Curia.

Then on Monday, April 15, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) reaffirmed the 2012 censure of LCWR(and NETWORK) as undermining the faith in the United States.

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From my vantage point (excluded from the halls of power and never consulted before being named as a problem by CDF) it appears to me that these actions continue to be about both church and U.S. politics. Women religious are a soccer ball between competing church departments. None of this is really about faith. The Vatican officials continue to say that they like our work when we do direct service, but they do not like our politics when they do not align with some U.S. bishops’ hard right views…”

SEE the Washington Post 04/19/2013

Three Wild and Radical Catholic Women

Mother Teresa of Calcutta,  described as one of the most compelling Christian witnesses of the 20th century,  established centers and communities of service around the globe for the sick, the homeless, the dying, and the unwanted.

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries.
Honored by universities and a Nobel Peace Prize, she said, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”

And when people begged to travel to join her in her “wonderful work” in Calcutta, she told them sternly, “Find your own Calcutta!”

When Dorothy Day died(1980) at the age of 83, she was described as “the most influential and significant figure in the history of the American Catholic Church.”
Recently  a group of Catholic journalists and theologians nominated her as the most important Catholic lay person of the century.

Ms Day was the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement.
She represented a new kind of political holiness – a way of serving Christ both through prayer and care for the poor.
Ms Day focused on solidarity with the poor in their struggle for justice.
She combined a  traditional piety and radical social positions around pacificism, civil rights and what she called “the mystery of the poor.” “They are Jesus,” she said, “and what you do to them, you do to Him.”

Finally! In the Sunday New York times Magazine – a true radical

Sister Florence Deacon of the New York Times Magazine acticle

and at the Reflections on Womens Rights

Levada: No sister will lose her job …oh, brother!

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Levada says, “No sister will lose her job 
in teaching or charitable work or hospital work as a result of this assessment…as far as I know.” 
(Uh-oh, What about all of the other Sisters?)

NCR Interview – John L Allen Jr interview Cardinal Wm Levada

( Excerpts)

Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Vatican’s ultra-powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is a devoted disciple of his boss and mentor, Pope Benedict XVI (86), in virtually every way save one. While the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a celebrity as a Vatican official, Levada, who turns 76 today, keeps a much lower profile, preferring to operate behind the scenes.

One theory for why you’re acting now is that you’re worried about property. Specifically, the charge is that the hierarchy wants to assert control over the real estate and other assets controlled by women’s congregations before they walk away with it. Can you respond to that?

Matters of property are not the responsibility of this office. Church law does say that for “alienation of property,” you’re supposed to have approval of the Holy See, though sometimes that’s more honored in the breach than the observance. But such questions are not our competency.

In general, I think the religious orders have a moral obligation, if they’ve got property and wealth on their hands, to do the right thing with it, to be sure that it goes to educational and charitable works in accord with the intentions of the donors.

Certainly, our congregation won’t be in charge of it.

So concern about property had nothing to do with the doctrinal assessment?

Absolutely not.

You said a moment ago that this is not about “the sisters,” but LCWR. Yet looking at recent events, including the apostolic visitation of women’s orders in the States, the LCWR crackdown and the notification on Sr. Margaret Farley, many people can’t help concluding that there is a broad attack underway on nuns in America.

I’ve read some articles along those lines, but it’s just not the case. These things take a lot of time, and they all have their own logic. For instance, we didn’t just wake up one day and say, “Let’s go after Margaret Farley.” Frankly, this came up because of an interview she gave in Ireland. She was there for a conference, and said something along the lines that Ireland ought to approve same-sex marriage. Someone in Ireland objected, asking, “Why is this sister coming from the States and pushing same-sex marriage?” We wrote to her superior and got a vague response about how she’s a wonderful person who enjoys great esteem.

That’s how Margaret Farley came onto our radar screen. It had nothing to do with the LCWR. We then found [her book] Just Love, read the reviews, and the process developed from there.

I don’t see any conspiracy. All of us as Catholics have responsibilities, but especially bishops, priests and religious, to speak the good word that is the faith of the church, which is that God is revealed through Jesus Christ.

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We have nothing to say about the “Gospel according to Maureen Dowd,” of course, but Margaret Farley is a woman who represents the church.


Dowd intimidates Rome by calling a spade a spade.

Cardinal Levada faces accusations/ sex abuse.

Speaking of Property 

Where are Cardinal Levada’s condominiums?

Hawaii and Southern Californa…and…


We have come a long way, baby? No way

The Women at Second

Vatican Council

From November 1, 1986

Mary Luke Tobin | Archived Article

The end of the second session of the Second Vatican Council, Cardinal Leo Jozef Suenens of Belgium asked his fellow bishops: “Why are we even discussing the reality of the church when half of the church is not even represented here?” This provocative question, midway through a council that was then totally male, was a breakthrough that prodded council members to invite a few “token” women to the ensuing sessions.

How Far have We Come?   See:  cont’d  1986 article from Mary Luke Tobin  

The L. C. W. R. report also described the conditions contributing to the alienation of women from church and society and their consequent need of reconciliation with both groups. Let me outline briefly some of the alienating factors described in the report:

1. Patriarchy has been a prime concept for the perception and organization of reality. Patriarchy as a worldview of its very nature assumes the alienation of women. It places the male in the center of reality and makes the masculine normative.

2. Women have been excluded or minimized in liturgical worship. The exclusion and/or negation of women in liturgy is one of the most demoralizing experiences for women in the church. If one is invisible in liturgy (especially in the Eucharist), one is quite literally displaced or alienated.

3. Through humor, ridicule or metaphor women have been depersonalized. The joke or humorous quip is a powerful tool of dismissal.

4. It is the experience of women that many clergy and hierarchy relate poorly to them.

5. Women are unable to participate fully in ministry. The concentration of women in stereotypical ministry roles opposes the full range of services.

6. Women are excluded from the structures and processes of church polity. Jurisdiction in the Catholic Church is reserved to the ordained. The exercise of power is, by policy, in the hands of men alone. That situation is of its nature unjust. It breeds disdain for women and their gifts and reinforces their invisibility.

7. Although official church positions on such matters as contraception, sterilization and abortion are not of concern to women only, the existential consequences of those positions bear more heavily on women.

8. Support for measures that would benefit women, such as the Equal Rights Amendment, child-care legislation and earnings-sharing legislation, is conspicuously lacking.

The L. C. W. R. report then lists some of the conditions that could bring about reconciliation. Among them are:

1. Women must make their own decisions and claim responsibility for their lives. The movement toward acknowledgment of one’s self as possessing inherent dignity and worth is a powerful factor in reconciliation.

2. New relationships with men must be established. When men acknowledge their complicity in the oppression of women and their own need for liberation and maturation, the process of their relationship to women is itself liberating.

3. Officials of the church must acknowledge that alienation exists. When the men who hold power in the church are willing to admit that the alienation of women is the result of concrete experiences, policies, attitudes and structures, that fact in itself will promote reconciliation.

4. Structural change must address alienating factors. Any structures that allow for the significant involvement of women in decision making at any level contribute to reconciliation because they go beyond the effects to the systemic causes of alienation.

5. The church as institution and its officials must be willing to grapple with painful, conflict-generating topics and situations. The church as institution is perceived as studiously avoiding certain subjects because they “have been settled” in perpetuity.

Not only women religious, but specifically laywomen’s groups, have become articulate on many of these points.

A report, for example, drawn up by an international group, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (W.U.C.W.O.), serves as a basis for their input to the 1987 World Synod of Bishops on the Laity. W.U.C.W.O. represents Catholic women’s groups with a combined membership of 30 million.

The report reviews developments in the discussion of women’s place in the church since Vatican II, and states that “the way we understand humanity, the way we understand what it means to be a human being created in the image and likeness of God, conditions the roles of people in private and public life, both in society and in the church.

It is now clear that anthropology is responsible for much of the existing stereotyping, discrimination and conflictual divisiveness that exists in the world and in the church.”

The report expressed concern that many women leave the church because the church is insensitive to their desire to “participate fully” in its life and mission.

The momentum created by the emergence of the women’s issue shows no sign of slowing down. Indeed, the very love of the church that women profess and manifest urges them on in this difficult and demanding work. Presuming on the good will already evident among some male leaders of the church, women can have a more secure hope that perhaps a new day of mutuality, equality and sharing may be on its way.

In testimony to this last point, I can cite recent, encouraging statements by two bishops. The Most Rev. Paul J. Cordes, vice-president for the Vatican’s Council for the Laity, speaking at the 1980 United Nations Decade for Women Conference in Copenhagen, said: “The creation of man and woman-recounted in Genesis-underlines the fact that man and woman are absolutely equal in dignity. The Holy Bible teaches us that woman is created in the image of God exactly as man is. It clearly states that both sexes have been created together and that neither one may prevail over the other for any reason of superiority whatsoever.”

And the Most Rev. Louis-Albert Vachon, Archbishop of Quebec, speaking at the most recent synod on the subject of reconciliation, said that the church needs to recognize “our own cultural deformation” and particularly “the ravages of sexism and our own male appropriation of church institutions and numerous aspects of the Christian life.”

Finally, in spite of the tension produced by the women’s issue in a highly conservative institution, it is apparent that the tide is changing. The truth of women’s minimal role in the church is becoming daily more visible.

The socialization of girls toward the recognition of the impressive number of options open to them is proceeding rapidly. Recently I heard a young mother describe her dilemma and confusion at an ordination ceremony when her five-year-old daughter insisted on an answer to her question: “Why are there only men up there?’

Imagine the surge of hope that would be created if a bishop in the United States would write to his people in this vein:

“My dear people: A question that is increasingly asked of the church today is, Can women be ordained? We know that both men and women are equal before God. Today women are showing themselves more and more capable of the myriad ministries needed in the church. Can we not hope and pray for the day when recognition by the official church of the fitness of women for all ministries, including priesthood, may be acknowledged?

“The psychological fears and historical barriers will need to be overcome. But let us all work to eliminate them so that in the future women also may respond to the call to fullness of sacramental ministry, which many of them declare to be their most earnest desire. The Spirit of God is not bound.”

Even though many women may not choose to be ordained, such a message would encourage them because it would convey some recognition of the inequity they have experienced all through the years.

At a recent conference, a layman in the audience asked the presiding bishop: “What shall I tell my daughter when she tells me she would like to be a priest?”

The bishop replied, “Just tell her she will not be ordained, and that for only one reason: She is a woman.”

He continued, “All her life she will be minimized by that reality.” Then the bishop concluded his answer with this statement: “I agree that the situation is unjust. It must change, and it will.”

I hope he is right.

Mary Luke Tobin, S.L., was one of the women auditors at the Second Vatican Council.

Nuns on Wall Street? A shining light: Sister Nora




Sister Nora Nash

of the

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

      …a congregation of approximately 540 Catholic women religious who:

  • choose a Gospel way of life lived in community
  • are dedicated to serving others, especially those who are economically poor, marginal, and oppressed
  • minister in the United States in approximately 24 states as well as Europe and Africa
  • serve in a variety of ministries and settings
  •  follow the values of the Third Order Regular Franciscans

Sister Nora and her team from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility laid out their advice for three Goldman executives. The Wall Street bank, they said, should protect consumers, rein in executive pay, increase its transparency and remember the poor.

In short, Goldman should do God’s work— something that its chairman and chief executive, Lloyd C. Blankfein, once remarked that he did. (The joke bombed.)

Long before Occupy Wall Street, the Sisters of St. Francis were quietly staging an occupation of their own. In recent years, this Roman Catholic order of 540 or so nuns has become one of the most surprising groups of corporate activists around.

The nuns have gone toe-to-toe with Kroger, the grocery store chain, over farm worker rights; with McDonald’s, over childhood obesity; and with Wells Fargo, over lending practices. They have tried, with mixed success, to exert some moral suasion over Fortune 500 executives, a group not always known for its piety.

We want social returns, as well as financial ones,” Sister Nora said, strolling through the garden behind Our Lady of Angels, the convent here where she has worked for more than half a century.

She paused in front of a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. “When you look at the major financial institutions, you have to realize there is greed involved.”

See New York Times article

There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.   Charles Kuralt

The Nun who Broke with Rome –

   Anita Caspary, the onetime mother superior who led the largest single exodus of nuns from the Roman Catholic Church in American history, died on Oct 5 in Los Angeles. She was 95.

New York Times Obit

“…Dr. Caspary always contended that she and other members of her order, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, never wanted to renounce their vows. In a 2003 memoir, “Witness to Integrity,” she said they had been virtually forced into it by the intransigence of Cardinal McIntyre, who adamantly refused to let them teach in archdiocese schools unless they wore habits and adhered to a host of traditional regimens governing when they prayed, when they went to bed, and what books were appropriate for nuns to read.

The cardinal cited pre-Vatican II law and centuries-old church tradition. To permit the changes proposed by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart would in effect lead “our convents to become hotels or boarding houses for women,” he wrote in a letter to the Vatican quoted in his official 1996 biography.

God Bless Sr Anita Caspary~ Time Magazine 1970

“You’ve come along way, baby”  Time Magazine

For Sister Anita, as for her nuns, Rome’s uncompromising order amounted to giving up a new mode of Christian service that they believed in deeply; collectively, they decided that they could not step back into the past. “If you bought the whole package of self-determination,” Sister Anita says, “and you were being stopped every little while, then it seemed logical to break away. While I saw the break as inevitable, I didn’t really want it. But I wondered how much energy you could spend fighting authority when you could spend that same energy doing what you should be doing.” Anita Caspary hopes to preserve the best of both worlds in the new community. “

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ROME: Oh, Boy: No Girls Allowed –

No time for 800 women in Rome – Oh BOY~~~~

Pope, Cardinal Rodé: no time for world’s women religious leaders
by Thomas C. Fox on May. 11, 2010

* NCR Today


The Holy Father today, (Monday, May 10), according to the Vatican Press Office, received in separate audiences: two prelates from the Episcopal Conference of Belgium, Bishop Lucas Van Looy of Ghent, and Msgr. Koen Vanhoutte, the diocesan administrator of Bruges. He also received Italian Bishop Valentino Di Cerbo of Alife-Caiazzo, accompanied by members of his family.

Nothing unusual – except for a mention of who he did not receive in audience.

Who the Holy Father did not receive in audience was any (or all) of the 800 general superiors of international women religious orders who are in Rome from all corners of the globe for a once in three-year general assembly. These women religious represent close to 1 million women religious worldwide.

The women have been meeting here in Rome since last Friday.

For the record, the Vatican Press Office reports that the Holy Father last Friday (the day the meeting of the women began) received in separate audiences five prelates from the Episcopal Conference of Belgium. Again, for the record, they are Bishop Patrick Hoogmartens of Hasselt, Bishop Aloysius Jousten of Liege, Bishop Gur Harpigny of Tournai, Msg…

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