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

Carved Wood Door
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.

Guest Voices


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

Mad Men in Madison – not Madison Avenue


Dec 2012

Bishop Morlino bans Madison Dominican sisters from conducting workshops and offering spiritual direction.

Two longtime Madison nuns who lead an interfaith spirituality center have been banned by Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino from holding workshops or providing spiritual direction or guidance at any Catholic churches in the 11-county diocese.

Sisters Maureen McDonnell and Lynn Lisbeth, both Sinsinawa Dominicans, have diverged too far from Catholic teaching, according to a confidential memo sent Nov. 27 to priests on behalf of Morlino. A copy of the memo was leaked to the State Journal.

Two other women connected to the interfaith center, called Wisdom’s Well, also have been banned as part of the same action.

The memo says Morlino has “grave concerns” about the women’s teachings, specifically that they “espouse certain views” flowing from such movements as “New Ageism” and “indifferentism.” The latter, according to the memo, is “the belief that no one religion or philosophy is superior to another.”

The women “may not share an authentic view of the Catholic Church’s approach to interreligious dialogue,” the memo said.

 NOTE:  “Both women have been dedicated to religious life and preaching and teaching Gospel values for nearly 50 years,” the release stated. “We wholeheartedly support our Sisters and hold them in prayer as we continue our mission of participating in the building of a holy and just Church and society.”

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that, at the time Msgr. Bartylla issued his memo, Sr Maureen McDonnell was co-facilitating a weekly class at a high school titled “Just Peace Initiative: The Challenge and Promise of Nonviolence for Our Time.”

Morlino – a big fan of Paul Ryan…not those nuns

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Historically:  2009

Faithful Progressive Saturday, March 28, 2009

Madison WISconsin – spooky

Madison Bishop Morlino Continues Catholic Purge and Witch-Hunt: Longtime Lay Leader Fired for College Paperimages

I have many Catholic friends in the Madison area who are appalled at Bishop Morlino. Several are torn between thinking of leaving and not letting this extremist Bishop destroy their Church. Bishop Morlino’s hard-hearted, extreme-right wing partisanship stands in sharp contrast with the more compassionate and moderate stance taken by Archbishop Dolan in Milwaukee–soon to be Cardinal Dolan of New York.

Everything is personal and political with this guy, at the great expense of his flock.

Wisconsin State Journal:Martyr or heretic? Bishop Morlino fires church employee over her beliefs

On March 12, Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino fired Kolpack from her position as the full-time pastoral associate at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Beloit. The termination came after Kolpack said she refused the bishop’s request to renounce a 2003 college thesis in which she argued for more gender-inclusive language at Masses and harshly criticized the Catholic hierarchy’s doctrine of only ordaining males.

Her firing has angered parishioners at St. Thomas and set off a national debate on Catholic blogs as to whether Kolpack is a martyr or a heretic.

The situation again casts Morlino as the heavy in a controversial personnel decision. Last summer, the music director at a Verona church was fired after five parishioners brought concerns to the bishop’s office about the director being openly gay.

Morlino declined an interview request Thursday. Diocesan spokesman Brent King said because Kolpack’s situation is a personnel issue, details cannot be discussed, including whether she was fired for her thesis or for the presentation of or denial of any specific church teaching….

Kolpack has been a member of St. Thomas since 1974 and an employee the last 26 years, rising to pastoral associate in 1995. In that position, she performed many of the duties of a priest for the 325 households in the congregation. “She did everything but celebrate Mass,” said church trustee Macy Kunz, who is “shocked and angry” by Kolpack’s firing.

In 1997, Kolpack began work on a master’s of divinity degree at St. Francis Seminary, a Catholic institution in suburban Milwaukee where, at the time, lay women were able to study alongside male seminarians, although they could not be ordained.

posted by Faithful Progressive at 10:45 AM

On the Rode again – a Cardinal sin?


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Cardinal Franc Rodé, head of the Vatican office overseeing religious orders, said he requested an apostolic visitation of women’s religious orders in the United States to help the sisters and to respond to concerns for their welfare.

“This apostolic visitation hopes to encourage vocations and assure a better future for women religious,” the cardinal said in a statement released Nov. 3 by the Vatican.

Cardinal Rodé, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said his statement was in response to “many news accounts” and inquiries about the visitation, which was announced in January.

imagesArchbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York posted an article on his blog Oct. 29 listing what he called examples of anti-Catholicism in The New York Times, including an Oct. 21 column regarding the apostolic visitation.

Calling the column by Maureen Dowd “intemperate and scurrilous,” Archbishop Dolan said the investigation of U.S. women religious “is well worth discussing and hardly exempt from legitimate questioning,” but he objected to the writer using “every anti-Catholic caricature possible” to illustrate her point that the nuns are being picked on by the Vatican.

What does Maureen Dowd of the New York Times say? Plenty!

What can you do? Write to your Bishop and tell him how you feel about the                                way the Sisters are being mistreated.

Start a petition at your Parish. Step up – make a difference.


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