Called To Ridicule


On Cardinal Mahony’s Blog this post appeared.

At a first reading it would appear an exercise in humility. Sadly, I failed to be moved. I think I know why.

Read it again, and understand that this is nothing to do with humility.

There is no single word of admission of guilt. The “humiliation” is, besides being something he can’t avoid, presented as coming to him like a test: like a cancer, say, or having a life-changing accident, or such like.

If I speed on the motorway and get caught, I haven’t been “called to lose my driving licence”. I have chosen to drive too fast and have paid the consequences. If I talk of my “vocation to bus riding” and do not mention that I am the cause of my own problems, I can’t see where the humility is.

The writing style and entire attitude remind me of those Protestant ministers caught with the secretary in their bed; only when they apologise they at least do so openly. Cardinal Mahony doesn’t.

We learn instead that on Ash Wednesday he has discovered a new vocation (one which clearly he did not have before) , because people now insult him and, it is clear to everyone, further trouble lies ahead. The Cardinal writes he is called to be “humiliated, disgraced, and rebuffed by many”, but he doesn’t say that he richly deserves it. Many saints were “humiliated, disgraced, and rebuffed by many”, but they were saintly men and women. I am missing something here….

The entire exercise sounds so passive-aggressive to me I wonder whether it has been written by a woman. “I am treated so badly you wouldn’t believe it, but I am such a good Christian that I will embrace it. Yes, I will, I will! Look at me, what a spotless lamb I am!”.

Dulcis in fundo, he closes with another passive-aggressive blow to his enemies:

  Strangely, the more I allow all of this to unfold without protest and objection, the greater the inner peace I feel.

It is clear he could move oh so many objections and his protests would be oh so justified; but having now discovered a new vocation, he will deliver himself to his slaughterers. The “inner peace” he “strangely” feels shows us his great, serene strenght in the face of adversity.

The gullible will be moved, no doubt. The others will wait for real and sincere apologies, and the end of this passive-aggressive attitude.

Cardinal Mahony was made bishop by Paul VI, and Cardinal by John Paul II.


Posted on February 17, 2013, in Catholicism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. At least I know that when words fail me, you will find the right ones 🙂

  2. I would not wish to apply this by name to any pries,t Bishop, or Pope,but knowing how easily I fall with hardly any Effort on Saqtan’s part, I cannot but remember that the Holy Spirit can make, with our acceptance, a silk purse out of the worst sow’s ear , the more so with the grace and charism coming from the sacrament of holy orders,and the less obvious and weaker the candidate, the more God’s glory is manifest.- The humility of a Cure d’ Ars ! – but just as I am but little tempted, , the devil can cuase the loss of many more souls if sucessful in tempting, so pulling more stops than I dare imagine. , more so each rung of clergy rung as you go up the hierarchy – his aim is turn every silk purse into a contagious sows ear for the perdition of more each time.
    Of course , as is so succint in the cloud of unknowing, of no man’s soul may ye judge, but of men´s acts ( what we say is an act)may ye judge, whether they be for good or ill
    No man, thee or me or the akond of swat, but that has the possibilty of canonizable sanctity within – I misremeber which of the early fathers I think said that two genuine Christians were enough, simply living their lives , for conversion of a whole town -even at the very last moment,Perhaps we should pray to St Dismas for those our intellect indicates we should give up on
    Im not sure that you don’t have your moments of taciturnity, where a good deal more COULD be said,but if taciturn no one shall say of you , respecting mine host’s wishes, I won’t say it.
    God bless!

  3. I hope Cdl. Mahony’s dumb ass comments gets him called to the Vatican for a good ass-kicking by the new pope!

    • Depending on what is boiling, perhaps worse may be in the cards? An extremely well-known blog run by a priest ventilated he might be forced to give way the red hat. Obviously it will depend on the scale of his negligence (or complicity).

      I wish one could remove that horrible Cathedral as easily as the red hat…


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