Cardinal Roger Mahony – now 86 – never seems to display an instinct for laying low or maintaining a discreet profile. And a recent letter from the cardinal might take the cake.
On July 25, Mahony wrote to Los Angeles priests — the archdiocese confirmed for me yesterday the “personal communication from the Cardinal to his brother priests.”
The letter notified priests that Mahony has had a new self-portrait made.
The photograph, in which Mahony is holding a basket of loaves, is “meant to harmonize with the call of Pope Francis for us to be humbler, showing compassion and mercy, and being with our people in servant leadership.”
That’s right, the cardinal wrote to the L.A. presbyterate to notify them of his “humbler” self-portrait.
But…that’s not all.
Mahony wrote that he would “be more than delighted to send signed copy to any Archdiocesan priest who requests one.”
“I already sent a signed an 8 x 10 copy to all the Archdiocesan priests whom I have had the privilege to ordain to the Sacred Priesthood,” Mahony explained, lest any of them feel they’d be forgotten.
Still, for other interested priests, “the 8 x 10 photo will be sent, of course, free of charge.”
The above comes from an Aug. 2 posting on The Pillar.
God save us from these narcissists.
If true, this is beyond lack of self awareness. These men have no humility, if he had any he would know that he should be spending the rest of his days in monastery somewhere in the remote Canadian wilderness where darkness falls a 2pm in the winter
I needed a new dartboard , hubris never sleeps !
He’s wearing that demonic pectoral cross created by Cardinal Bernardin. “Christ’s” foot is backwards in the image, which is symbolic of evil. Look it up. They always telegraph who they are and what they are truly about.
I thought y’all crazy conspiracy theorists were upset with the Bernadine cross with Christs arms crossed instead of nailed to the cross. These nutjobs didn’t notice that he is surrounded by lambs and is the good shepherd carrying a sheep on his shoulders and securing it with his hands and arms. I can’t see what the e cross is in this portrait but I’m sure y’all will come up with some crazy thing.
I tried to look and it did not check out.
I’ll do you one better: the Vatican issued a 20 Euro commemorative coin last week that shows a child getting the COVID jab. The child is pointing to the digit zero on the coin, symbolizing nothingness. The prelates of the church aren’t hiding it. They are telling the whole world through codes and symbols and dog whistles that they serve the prince of darkness.
That’s not how it works. The devil is the one who accuses.
How can you tell anything about the cross? The image is so blurred that the details of the cross are unrecognizable.
Exactly. I found very clear pictures but you could not even tell if there was Jesus on the cross much less what his foot might be doing. And even if his foot was backward, why would that mean Satanist?
Of course, I know nothing about Satanists so I would not know and I would avoid anyone who did.
It looks like the cross of the Good Shepard that the Pope uses, with Christ carrying a sheep on His shoulders, and surrounded by a flock. The Good Shepard.
Thank you. That is what it is and Jesus’ foot is not backwards on any of the ones I see. It is for sale at Catholic religious article sites.
Yep, it’s the same one Bernardin made and wore. One foot in the image of Christ is backwards.
I’ll tell ya what’s backwards around here…
Do you have a source for a photo of that?
My MIL always had a lot of pictures of family around her house and she was often given framed photos as gifts because people thought that was what she loved. Once, my much more intelligent SIL said to me “I would love to show up unexpectedly and see how many of those photos are out when nobody is visiting.” I never paid attention to that stuff because I am not a picture-person. But, after that comment. I started noticing that the pictures of those visiting were out and the pictures of the people not visiting were not out.
I, too, am having a humbler self-portrait made. I would be happy send you an autographed one. I’ll be sure to sign it with the title of which I’ve been virtually stripped, so you’ll know how important I am. All this, of course, because I’m a humble, compassionate servant leader in the spirit of Pope Francis the Great. For those of you with sensitive gag reflexes, many have found that invoking the aid of Saint Blaise is helpful.
Remember when he owned a helicopter he would fly to work?
I will never forget that diabolic film, “Deliver Us From Evil,” and news reports of Mahony’s evil doings. Plus, his evils to poor Mother Angelica. Mahony broke poor Mother Angelica’s health completely, with his cruelty, heresy, and sin! He should have been excommunicated years ago– and put in jail, for his evil clerical sex sbuse cover-ups and lies, endangering children.
no thanks …
i’d rather have the 1952 Mickey Mantle
O vanity of vanities!
Servant leadership is an important concept and is most needed. But, some give it a bad name.
(The same thing happened with social justice.)
Can’t we give the Cardinal a break? Sure, he made serious mistakes. His temper was legendary and he used it, many times, to demean people in person and by written communication. Now, with no official duties, he has had much time to reflect on these things. Maybe to repent of succumbing to his hair-trigger temper and the injuries it caused. He wants to do a nice thing while he still can. As fellow sinners, shouldn’t we be open-minded and allow that his intentions might be gracious, not self-centered? Note the simple black cassock: he would have us remember him as a PRIEST and not a powerful hierarch. For some personality types, that is the only way possible to express a plea for understanding of mistakes made.
I say, I like this comment. It gets my fourth degree “praise” (in my four-tired “praise” scale, the highest being “highest praises). For you folks who say I don’t commend people enough in the here blog, note that I am praising a comment here, only the second one, in my book. Comments worthy of my praise are predictably few and far in between in this place.
get over yourself
Hey “yourself” don’t knock me for merely responding to the complaints that I rarely praise the comments of others in this here blog. Look, I have not only listened to their complaints but have also devised a four-tiered praise scale. Why four? Why not. Therefore “yourself” if you can just bring yourself to write comments like “let’s take’s”, you too may very well be a recipient of my commendation. Something to strive for, people.
“Something to strive for, people.” Oh please!
Hey– you had better get real– and say many Rosaries for the poor, suffering, child clerical sex abuse victims’ cases, in regards to Cardinal Mahony. And don’t forget poor Mother Angelica, who called him out on EWTN for his heretical teaching on the Eucharist. Mother Angelica lost control of her TV network, and lost her health, too. I once told Mahony my concerns about this, at a church function, and said, “now poor Mother Angelica’s health is completely ruined– she is going to die!” He seemed very amused and did not take me seriously.
Cant we give the victims and the faithful a break ? how is this a nice thing ? for some personality types a plea for understanding ? , no a vain attempt at repairing a toxic legacy . He has brought shame and disgrace to this diocese , and with the lifting of the statute of limitations on abuse cases we will continue to pay. I noticed in your post not a word for what the victims and the families went through , not very gracious .
So let me tell you “plea” why I commend “let’s take’s” comment and not something like yours. “let’s take’s” comment above is forgiving, even insightful of what may be going on in the Cardinal’s conscience in the twilight of his life. The comment is super gracious and again, gives an insight into a personality-type like the Cardinal’s when such persons seek to make amends and may be at a lost on how to do it right. The comment is human.
Dear Lord, really? He had a helicopter. It never ends.
Cropped photo? It takes less than 60 seconds to find out that the photographer is Rory Lewis.
Did you use it without permission or something?
From personal experience, any form of the word “humble” would never describe Mahoney.
the helicopter came from his
“good buddy” Lew Wasserman
of Universal Pictures
or was it the Ancient Order of Hibernians?