February 3, 1991
Hernandez reports that Archbishop Roger M. Mahony can't be expected to espouse breaking the law. Not true. Mahony has been a vocal and conspicuous supporter of Operation Rescue, a group that breaks the law trying to prevent women from entering health-care clinics. Apparently, breaking the law to oppress women is acceptable to Mahony; breaking the law to rescue women and men from murderous regimes in Central America is considered by him to be immoral. Father Olivares' courageous work on the behalf of the poor and the powerless should inspire better journalism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1989 |
Spurning the ornate marble mausoleum where the remains of his predecessor bishops lie, Cardinal Timothy Manning, who headed the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 15 years until his 1985 retirement, was buried Thursday afternoon in a simple grave alongside his fellow priests. The cardinal, who died of lung cancer Friday at the age of 79, specifically asked to be laid to rest in the section of Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles reserved for priests. Manning's request was in keeping with his self-effacing style of leadership in what became the nation's most populous diocese, and it exemplified his concern for the poor and humble.
June 24, 1989 |
Cardinal Timothy Manning, a mild-mannered Roman Catholic prelate who led the Los Angeles archdiocese through a 15-year period that saw it grow into the nation's most populous and ethnically diverse, died Friday afternoon. He was 79 and died at the Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Center at the University of Southern California, where he had been admitted June 7. Bill Rivera, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said he died at 2:25 p.m. and that his successor, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony, was at his bedside.
June 23, 1989 |
Archbishop Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles and 12 other bishops from Southern and Central California on Thursday firmly prohibited Roman Catholic priests from celebrating Masses sponsored by Dignity, the national independent organization of gay and lesbian Catholics. A statement initiated by Mahony said the bishops' action stemmed from Dignity's repudiation of the church's "clear and constant moral teaching" against homosexual acts. The policy reiterated the official church position that "while . . . homosexual orientation in itself is not to be regarded as a sinful condition . . . genital activity by unmarried persons, or by married persons without being open to procreation, is morally wrong."
June 22, 1989 |
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and five other dioceses in California announced today that their priests are prohibited from celebrating Mass for members of a national organization of Catholic homosexuals. The action affects a Washington-based support group of Catholic homosexuals called Dignity. Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and 12 bishops from throughout the state released a statement prohibiting priests in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Fresno and Monterey counties from conducting Masses for the group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1989
Archbishop Roger M. Mahony's recent policy statement on "Catholic public officials andthe new abortion debate" is an unwise and unwelcome clerical intrusion into the political process. The archbishop began his statement by noting that it was issued in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling in Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services that would "intensify" the debate over abortion and throw it back into the legislatures of the 50 states. In that debate, Mahony wrote, all Catholic officeholders have a "positive moral obligation" to seek the repeal of laws permitting abortion.