Cardinal Mahony, The New Franciscan.
Besides being one of the most shameless hypocrites on earth, Cardinal Mahony must be truly terrified.
Clearly sensing further humiliations might be in store for one of the poster boys for the stupidity, inefficiency (and perhaps worse) exhibited by too many shepherds in the matter of homosexual sex scandals, our friend hastens to lavish the Pontiff with suspiciously loud praise; a brazen captatio benevolentiae that would sound strange in normal times, but is simply pathetic in the particular situation in which the Cardinal finds himself.
Let me say beforehand that I do not like at all this sudden infatuation of the entire Catholic planet for the newly rediscovered “return to the simplicity of the Gospel”. It seems to me that it smacks of easy populist slogan in the best of cases, and demolition of the prestige and authority of Church and Papacy in the worst. I do not doubt all those enthusiastic “new Franciscans” will not stop being stunned at the lavish richness of Roman churches and palaces, and at the magnificence the Church still so often displays in her activity. I actually notice most of this newly found admirers of poverty have nothing against ermine Mozzettas, very seldom seen on Francis’ shoulders (on very cold days, perhaps?). I do admire the astounding beauty and shameless splendor of the Church, and therefore avoid waxing lyrical about this “return to the original spirit of the Gospel” (or however it is called). Still, if a clergyman has the credentials to praise the new “Franciscan fashion” without appearing a hypocrite, more power to him.
But wait, is this the case of Cardinal Mahony?
Isn’t this the very man who built a huge, horrible monument to his own vanity? An unwatchable bunker with nothing to tell a casual observer it is a Cathedral (Modernists don’t “do God”), but otherwise huge?
How about the decoration? 5.6 acres of ground, 33,500 sf of alabaster (world record), an organ with 6,019 pipes and the man tells us “so long, ermine and fancy lace”? Can you imagine how vast a surface of 33,500 is, all made of alabaster? Is this “encountering Jesus without trappings”?
How about the cost? $189.7 of total cost, how is this “LOW and humble church”?
Seriously: how can the one lavishing praise on Pope Francis’ “simplicity” be, of all people, the man mocked all over the planet for his megalomaniac passion for ugliness and waste? How can he have the brazenness of launching himself firmly on the side of the black shoes and the simple cassock?
Again, the man must be terrified, and ready to face the ridicule he perfectly well knows will fall on him, for the hope the new Pope will be somewhat moved by his utterly shameless adulation, and persuaded to spare him further trouble.
Seriously, this man is a walking provocation.
P.s. Mahony tweets courtesy of Father Ray Blake’s blog.
Posted on March 16, 2013, in Catholicism and tagged Cardinal Mahony, Conservative Catholic, conservative catholicism, Los Angeles Cathedral, Pope Francis, Taj Mahony. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.