Sunday, January 24, 2010

Is Mahoney Retiring Early?
If so, praise God!

I just saw a link over at California Catholic to a blog by a Brooklyn deacon quoting Thomas Peters of the Catholic Voters Action blog in which it is reported that Los Angeles Archbishop, Roger Cardinal Mahoney, has put in his papers and may retire sooner than mandatory retirement age.

Could loyal Catholics be so blessed? I subscribe to Prevat2's theory that one-twelfth of the bishops are successors of Judas Iscariot and certainly rank Mahoney in that number. (No, I am not violating Matt 7:1, just offering my opinion based on objective evidence.)

Not surprising that Mahoney would surround himself with birds of a feather, but rumor has it that faculty members at the diocesan seminary have said they will retire or resign if a more "conservative" bishop is appointed. (Oh, please Holy Father, send someone of the same spine as Leo I.)

I wonder if Bishop Chaput from Denver was considered? Or Bishop Vassa from Baker, Oregon.

Reportedly, Mahony has approved a coadjutor bishop recently selected for him by the Vatican.

What does that mean? That Mahoney was recognizing what the Vatican already did? Or does it mean Roger the Dodger, the notorious protector of homosexual priests, had some say in who the Holy See named as his successor? Let's hope not. (Actually, I think it's pretty unlikey.)

Well, stay tuned. An official announcement may be coming from Rome soon.


Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Silly question ---- outgoing Bishops "approve" of their papally appointed replacement?

Having some say-so, giving their opinion, etc, etc, I can see... but 'approving'?

5:46 AM  
Blogger Al said...

Cavey is right. The process includes getting some feedback, but Mahony has no veto power over the choice of his successor. In fact, he has no power over a coadjutor either. The coadjutor is co-ruler of the diocese in all but ceremonial precedence. Basicly, the coadjutor is there to learn the diocese so he can hit the ground runnung when his predecessor retires.

Whoever gets it will definitely be better than Mahony. the question is "How much?"

7:29 AM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

His auxiliary bishops should go too. And a bunch of priests and deacaons and Sr. Mary Stretchpants and ALL of the liturgy committees in all of the parishes.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Bishop Cordileone would be wonderful but he's probably too young...

11:00 AM  
Blogger StarbucksMom... said...

Praying hard here in the City of Angels! OH PLEASE OH PLEASE!!!! Someone like Chaput!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Praying here too...It won't be Bishop Cordileone, he hasn't been in Oakland that long (though I've met him and he'd be wonderful)

I have a shortlist of who I'd like to be successor...can we get Bp Schnieder from Kazackastan, or Bp. Nickless...praying hard

1:26 PM  

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