Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:18 AM By Abeca Christian
Cardinal Roger Mahony brought so much shame to our church, this breaks my heart. What a shame, He will surely answer on judgement day. This scandal has stained our church and the faithful are suffering due to poor leadership. Such great evil has entered the hearts of men. The Cardinal represents the reality of the numerous of Catholics, many think like this type of leadership. We may attribute to such leadership as to why Obama won this past election. Villaraigosa received this greatness because of some from within the church, have supported him and encouraged it.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:32 AM By Cody in Tucson
Nice picture with 2 of this guy’s big supporters, VP Al Gore and Cardinal Mahony, wildly applauding in the prominent position right behind the podium. Remember these people share in the sins by silence, by partaking, by praise or flattery, this picture says it all.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:10 AM By JOHN
I can see the Culture of Death standing with Villaraigosa—Nancy pelosi, Maxine Waters, Al Gore, Warren Christopher and Fabian Nunez—and Cardinal Mahony. If Archb. Gomez is still taking his cues from Cardinal Mahony and his old staff, then the Archbishop will himself become a member of the culture of Death. “WOE UNTO THOSE WHO CALL EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL.”
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:16 AM By Catherine M
Thank you, thank you, thank you to CALCATH for giving us Catholics the truth. Isn’t it time for Archbishop Gomez to confront Villaraigosa, and tell him that if he continues to be responsible for the Abortion Holocaust he is excommunicated? Cardinal Mahony ought to be defrocked for abusing Catholics.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:21 AM By J Romero
Villaraigosa? Just another stooge for the Westside. Villaraigosa represents Hispanics the same way Bernie Madoff represents Jews—-both snuff the life out of their own kind.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:25 AM By Eddie
Every Catholic, especially the priests, in Los Angeles ought to read this article! CALCATH ought to get a Pulitzer for this Faces of the Abortion Holocaust series!
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:29 AM By Pat in Pasadena
I plan to show this to my own priest and will send a copy to Archbishop Gomez. I encourage others to do likewise.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:37 AM By Stella
Villaraigosa—hacer trampa — engañar a la esposa. He shames his wife, his children and us. But why do the bishops protect him?
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:51 AM By Eduardo
This is a very candid account of a corrupt man, No doubt he will want to become President. It shakes me to the core to see Cardinal Mahony cheering for such a despicable man, Villaraigosa. I wonder what the Knights of Columbus think about this?
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:25 AM By Jim
Since Villaraigosa never got an annulment from his wife, Corrine, his serial philandering makes him an adulterer. Eduardo is right—Villaraigosa is a despicable man.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:47 AM By Mary
Yes, Jim, he is despicable, but he is also a Hispanic Democrat. That makes him totally acceptable to the California pseudo-Catholic “community” (to use the favorite buzzword). Only Democrats are approved by the California hierarchy. The fact that all favored Hispanic legislators are pro-abortion tells the tale. That Cardinal Mahony fawned over this man is absolutely outrageous.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:54 AM By bud
Our Church as well as our Country are being destroyed from within. So many of the clergy should not even be honored or obeyed if they don’t even respond to their own flocks!
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:05 AM By Paul
A reference here was made to Knights of Columbus. Last Sunday a representative from that organization delivered a short address to the parishioners at the end of the mass at Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood. He appealed to the males in the parish to attend meetings of the organization and said, “All are welcome, regardless of sexual preference, etc. Sexual preference! I think it scandalous that such references to sexual preference or ones favorite perversion should be included in any religiously oriented appeal to parishioners, with family and children in attendance. It’s shameful
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:07 AM By St. Christopher
Congratulations, “California Catholic Daily,” this is an outstanding series. In fact, this is exactly what the USCCB needs to do at the Federal level, and put it on public TV, radio, and all media. Of course, that will never happen; merely look at the fawning Cardinal Mahoney in the above picture, surely a lost soul. But keep on doing this — name names, show pictures, bring statistics to bear, particularly the high percentage of minority abortions (making all Margaret Sanger lovers happy). But, expect big push-back, and possibly litigation, over this. Much opposition may be from Catholic bishops, too. Be certain to stick to purely factual information, but expect major abuse and attack. This is what it means to be Catholic. Wow, most impressive.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:10 AM By JMJ
We need to PRAY, FAST & SACRIFICE very much for our church leaders: active, retired, cold, lukewarm & those ON FIRE FOR JESUS as they are being attacked by the evil one (despite what The Pilot in Boston says), but what our Blessed Mother has been telling us for so long in her various apparitions around the world. +JMJ+
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:16 AM By Delilah
Archbishop Gomez needs to tell this despicable, corrupt man to not present himself for Holy Communion and do public penance. He shames the Church and his family. He gives public scandal to the Church. Both he and Cardinal Mahony will have some explaining to do at the Last Judgement. Pax
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:23 AM By Idaho Pete
There is something truly wrong in the heart and soul of the Church when those who lead it totally ignore or look the other way at evil and the mass murderers of the unborn and lead their flock astray by collaborating with this evil thus setting a bad example which creates apathy amongst the laity which then allows these people to be elected over and over again to continue in evil ways. This is just one more example in the Church of a misguided leader failing his flock and the Church. The damage is deep and painful to the Body of Christ.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:04 AM By OC Catholic
Great Article. The same is basically true of Bishop Brown in the Diocese of Orange.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:11 AM By Brad
“The Lord says to my lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.'” The faithful must pray and align themselves with our Lord, awaiting the time of justice, which may or may not happen on this earth, through human laws and human softening of heart. It may only happen at the particular and general judgments. But it will happen, because our Lord is in control and on Calvary has won a final, stupefying victory, already. Today is St. Gertrude’s day. We must pray her prayer in reparation for the lives of the people murdered in the womb, as well as all sin occurring today. O Lord, please rebuke and bless us according to your wisdom.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:14 AM By Wynette Sills
Hopefully, our Bishops, through their California Catholic Conference, will provide this vital information in the form of a “Voter’s Guide for California Catholics”, simply outlining how all candidates have voted and their positions on the Church’s non-negotiable issues.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:31 AM By Catherine
Delilah, When Archbishop Gomez was respectfully confronted with the question, ” Your Excellency, Why are you working with the racist, Marxist group La Raza,?” The Archbishop’s response was, “Oh, I don’t think La Raza is a racist or a Marxist organization, after all, the USCCB is working with La Raza.” The Catholic responded that this would be the same as if Cardinal George of Chicago was closely involved in working with public policy with the KKK. The Catholic requested that the Archbishop and the USCCB renounce their close association with the racist and Marxist group known as La Raza. Delilah, This was only eight months ago that our new Archbishop Gomez personally said this to a faithful Catholic. It is important for you to realize that Antonio Villaraigosa is embraced by the racist and Marxist group La Raza.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:16 PM By sabie
It is pharisaic of you your excellency. You have made a hole in the whole gospel. The innocent blood like that of Abel will not remain on your hands as an accomplice.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 1:06 PM By Anne T.
Yep! kill the “evidence” and you think you are free and no one knows about it. That is what some policticians and people think. It does not quite work that way as King David in the Bible found out. He got his reward all right, one dead firstborn son, another son killed in battle which broke David’s heart and the near loss of his kingdom. Is anyone listening out there or are some deft? At least King David had the sense enough not to try to kill Samuel the prophet after he fortold the bad news. You know? The kings caught in the act usually try to stone the prophets. If this is not a Biblical scenario all over again, I will eat my hat.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 2:30 PM By JLS
What is Archbishop Gomez’ record of interacting with faithful Catholic anglos? Has this ever happened? Does the Abp have any experience at all that would inform him of how La Raza perceives anglos? Blacks, Asians, Middle Easterners, Indians, Native Americans, Celts, Slavs, Italians, Eskimo … what’d I leave out? La Raza is totally racist, hostile to those not Hispanic.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 2:33 PM By JLS
I left out Saxon … I’m more Saxon than Anglo. I interact well with Hispanics whether white, black, brown or red … unless they are La Raza-ites … and the way I find out is when they unjustly interact with me … That is the tell tale point.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:55 PM By Juergensen
If Archbishop Gomez does not enforce Canon 915 and deny the Holy Eucharistic to this despicable blood thirsty baby killer, has anything good happened in Los Angeles?
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 3:58 PM By JLS
Is the Archbishop truly in control of his archdiocese? Does Jesus guarantee a diocese to withstand the hostility of Satan?
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:58 PM By MIKE
Any Bishop who knowingly supports the MORTAL SINS of Sacrilege and Scandal should not be a Bishop because his goal is not to Save Souls. On the internet see: “CANON 915: The DISCIPLINE REGARDING the DENIAL of HOLY COMMUNION to THOSE OBSTINATELY PERSEVERING in MANIFEST GRAVE SIN” by Cardinal Burke.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:10 PM By OneoftheSheep
At the grand opening of a new Planned Parenthood clinic in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights in October 2002, Villaraigosa told a cheering audience, “I am a Catholic and I believe that God believes in a woman’s right to choose.” Villaraigosa says he is Catholic. But is there evidence that would convict him a court of law to back up that statement? He has obviously never consulted or familiarized himself with the Catholic Cathechism. Yet, he claims to be Pope in pronouncing that he knows the mind of God and can speak for the church. He can’t. I pray for his conversion. Time is short and I suggest he head for a confessional and get right with God soon.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:28 PM By Warren Goddard
In 38 years since Roe v Wade our bisphops have’t excommuniucated one pro-abortionist. They arn’t worth feeding.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:32 PM By JLS
The government feeds them.
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:40 PM By Cody in Tucson
Oneofthesheep – A very good priest who came to Tucson from Nigeria gave a sermon 5 years ago in which he used the theme you mention. He challenged those at Mass if they would be convicted of being Catholic if a stranger walked into their home. Is there a crucifix on the wall? A Mary or Sacred Heart statue? A holy water font on the wall near the door where you exit to your car? The bible or Catechism sitting prominently on a bookshelf? A rosary by the pillow? Will you convict yourself to heaven or hell by the words and beliefs that come from your mouth?
Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:51 PM By PAULA
Warren, that is why many Catholics who are still going to Mass, do not trust the Bishops to follow the teachings of the Church. The lack of good example on the part of the Bishops is why many have left. If the Bishops do not believe in the Body and Blood of Christ and act as if it is OK to profane the Eucharist, then the Church is a lie as far as they are concerned.
Posted Thursday, November 17, 2011 6:34 AM By TPJ
Jackie Speier is another California “Catholic” political pro-abort. Do the next expose on her.
Posted Thursday, November 17, 2011 8:47 AM By Steve Phoenix
Catherine’s account of Abp Gomez parrying the question about his association with La Raza (“USCCB works with La Raza”) is very familiar: So many times when we directly question bishops and their staff as to why they are associated with and even funding with Diocesan Appeal money (such as formerly in Phoenix, not any more, and still in San Jose) racist-Marxist groups or Alinsky-inspired organizations (Valley Interfaith Project, Pacific Institute of Community Organizing or PICO), we are cleverly referred to some other apparatchik organization or spokesmouth. I am tired of it. I re-direct the question to the person: “I am asking you: Don’t you want to find out the truth? Why are you sending me elsewhere? I have the facts. Find it out and please get back to me.” I also send back my appeal envelope documenting the organizations and spread the word to as many other somnolent Catholics as I can. Quod scripsi, scripsi.
Posted Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:13 PM By Maryanne Leonard
Paul, I read your post about the representative of the Knights of Columbus making the announcement at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where I was baptized and confirmed, that all were welcome at their meetings regardless of sexual orientation. Although I was at first quite shocked and even sickened to read of this, you do have to remember that this is Hollywood, famous for having a great population of homosexuals within their parish, and they have a small but significant ministry to them there. Their much larger ministry is to the homeless, as you no doubt know, of course, but they don’t get criticized for that. Because I don’t attend Mass there except on rare occasion any more and live a long distance away, I don’t know the current situation, but I hope they are receiving help and guidance in following Catholic teaching about chastity outside of marriage. I have a friend who is very active in KC and in catechesis, a truly good man who would welcome and minister to anyone interested in hearing about Jesus Christ. Jesus wants us to love another and wants us all to live good lives and turn toward the light, including any and all sinners. Homosexuals can’t do that easily outside of the Church, any more than any of the rest of us can. Maybe the KC is trying to help to reach out to the souls who suffer from this particularly depraved sin just as they reach out to the drunks, drug addicts, prostitutes, beggars and filthy, smelly, dangerous and mentally ill people who constitute the majority of the homeless people they help daily right on the Church grounds. It is our challenge as Catholics not merely to minister to the clean, nicely dressed, straight, married and employed, but to reach out to all human souls, even those from whom our first thought is to turn away in repugnance. It is courageous to reach out to serve all of God’s creatures, especially those outcast from society for whatever reason, though I will admit my first reaction was the same as yours.
Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 6:21 AM By JLS
I never found out how in times past, during the Catholic formation of Europe, the Church worked with the Vikings. I think some Viking regions became Catholic, some became Orthodox and some became Lutheran (having been evangelized relatively late in that period). So, we see something similar in L.A., some Latinos Catholic, some Protestant, and some probably becoming Muslim.
Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 2:43 PM By Bruce
Good article CalCatholic uncovering and reporting the truth. You should be commended and maybe receive a Pulitzer Prize or some journalism award. Has anyone sent your article to the Vatican or the USCCB?
Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 3:01 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
JLS, The conversion of the Nordic countries to the true Faith came way before the Protestant Revolt, and I beleive before the slit of 1099 (I think that is the date). So, at one time, they were either Catholic or Pagan. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher
Posted Saturday, November 19, 2011 8:42 AM By Maryanne Leonard
As a Catholic of Nordic heritage, I can assure you that in Norway at least Catholicism is still very much alive, but the majority of people in Norway are either Lutherans or neutral on the subject, though most do live lives of which Catholics would approve. Judging from the month my husband and I spent in Sweden, I would have to say the same does not appear to be true there. Originally Vikings became Catholics and ultimately most became Lutherans following the Protestant Reformation due to Church abuses that existed at the time. Very sad indeed. Seeing the lasting effects of long-ago error within the Church, we Catholics are deeply aggrieved to see any serious error today and are swift to denounce it unrelentingly until we see change (also known as reform). And rightly so.
Posted Saturday, November 19, 2011 10:15 AM By JLS
The kings of the nordic countries, Kenneth. Not sure here, but I have the impression that much of nordic land was not Christianized until the Lutherans got there. I’ve wondered about this for over fifty years … never dug into it well enough to find what I’m looking for. My impression of the Swedes, Danes, Fins, et al is a kind of superficial Christianity covering a very traditional pagan cultural norm … which may be why those lands took up Lutheranism from either Catholicism or paganism. Catholicism tends to force too much domesticity on a materialist inclined civilization. Catholicism seems to have not yet surmounted this need. I know from scanning the ways of almost all bishops that few are friendly to the instincts of materialist cultures, and favor the symbolic cultures. It is not a doctrinal difference but an administrative difference, and one of significant impact … which is negative because it alienates cultures by the application of arbitrary ways and not of doctrinal truths.
Posted Saturday, November 19, 2011 10:20 AM By JLS
Oops, thanks Maryanne. I forgot to mention Norway. But what I’m driving at is that Catholicism came to the kings and the few cities of Scandanavia but not so much beyond the official proclamation of state religion. The Swedes, Danes, Norwegians, Russians, Latvians, Lithuanians, and various other areas are heavy with Viking ancestry, as are parts of Great Britain.
Posted Saturday, November 19, 2011 3:57 PM By MARKRITE
First off, Cody in Tucson, I’m with you 1,000 percent!! We DO NEED to affirm or re-affirm our Catholic Christian bona fides and do so IN SPADES!! My wife has always made sure that we ALWAYS had a holy water font affixed near the front door, AND a picture of the SACRED HEART OF JESUS in plain sight. Great post!! 2nd, hats off to CALCATHDAILY for doing this series, even though my comments re the first recipient of your spotlight on those enablers of the AMERICAN HOLOCAUST, Henry Waxman, never saw print. This is a GREAT SERIES, and I, for one, will utilize it as often as necessary. It seems to me that there should, or possibly will be, some way to bring these shocking individuals like Waxman and Villaraigosa to some kind of justice when, hopefully, Roe V. Wade is overturned. (there is a pro-life measure known as the “CALIFORNIA HUMAN RIGHTS AMENDMENT” being intitiated by WALTER HOYE, whom all CALCATHDAILY readers should be familiar with; the measure would “define a person as a living human being from the time of fertilization”, according to the Ventura County Star newspaper for 11-19-2011. It’s sceduled to be on that ballot in 2012, if enough signatures are gathered to put it there.Its passing could be the beginning of the end for REO V WADE) Personally, I think it’s just a matter of time before this VERY EVIL U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION is overturned.But I digress. My point a little earlier was that there has to be some kind of retribution for people like Waxman and Villaraigosa once Roe V. Wade is overturned, and perhaps it could be along the lines of the NUREMBURG TRIALS after WWII, where individual Nazis were made to PAY FOR THEIR CRIMES. Surely others recognize that such MONUMENTAL EVIL like the contemporary AMERICAN ABORTION HOLOCAUST should have consequences for all those “GOOD NAZIS” in the Democratic (DEMONRATIC) Party who promoted baby-killing SO ASSIDUOUSLY. GOD BLESS ALL THOSE IN JESUS AND MARY’S CARE—MARKRITE
Posted Saturday, November 19, 2011 10:26 PM By Maryanne Leonard
Yes, JLS, you are right, those Vikings really got around. They conquered mainly for survival purposes, not just for jollies as some people have thought who get most of their information from movies rather than books. Most places they stayed for decades and added their genes, in most places becoming so popular with the ladies that Nordic races pretty much all look like Vikings even today. People of what is now Great Britain are said to carry about 50% Viking genes, accounting for those famous English complexions. I am sure you know the basic outline of the England’s religious history based on Henry VIII’s remarkable appetite for women, heirs, and most other things for that matter, with the notable exception of the Pope. First they were pagans, then Catholics (no thanks to the Vikings here) and later mostly Church of England, with Catholics going underground due to choosing not to become martyrs for the faith. Henry and heirs had Catholics put to death just for being Catholic, which is why some scholars postulate that Shakespeare was a Catholic secretly and point to many word usages of his that can be interpreted as hidden Catholic symbolism. In England today, most churches are empty, but as with the Norwegians, most folks live honorably for the most part, and there is a thriving Catholic subculture. Wouldn’t it be great to reunify with the Anglican church and get all our stolen Church property back in the process? Same for Italy, etc.
Posted Sunday, November 20, 2011 12:38 AM By Kenneth M. Fisher
JLS, The Vikings became Catholics, it is widely believed and taught that the first European to step on American soil was a Catholic Viking (I can’t remember his name). The Protestant Revolution converted many, far too many, to Lutheranism. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher
Posted Monday, November 21, 2011 1:50 PM By Paula B.
Kenneth, For those of us Nordic descendents from Minnesota, his name was Lief Erickson. It is funny how so many talk down Lutheranism here. I wonder how many have gone to a Lutheran worship service lately and seen how Novus Ordo Mass-like they are! God bless all of us.
Posted Monday, November 21, 2011 11:43 PM By Abeca Christian
Powerful post from November 16, 2011 10:16 AM By Delilah. Loved it loved it, full of conviction!
Posted Monday, November 21, 2011 11:52 PM By Abeca Christian
Catherine thanks for bringing up LA RAZA. I agree with you. I have been torn down for not embracing the group LA RAZA. Do you think they have any connections with Chicano Park and their graffiti art wall? Just wondering? My teen had a field trip to the Chicano Park and visit their art graffiti. I didn’t allow him to go. I received some heat for not letting my son go, but I just don’t see graffiti as art. I don’t like it when people call Hispanic folks Chicano. That is ghetto to me and not something to be proud of. Just my opinion, I don’t mind if people want to educate me further on such topic. I came from classy family and when we spoke Spanish, my mum hated slang and I am grateful for that because we like proper Spanish. My dad was Arabic but I didn’t learn it well.