May 15, 2013
Re "A posthumous fall from grace," May 12 On the one hand, men like Cardinal Roger Mahony and the late Msgr. Benjamin Hawkes, who was accused posthumously of sex abuse, seemed to be just the men to act in the best interests of the Los Angeles archdiocese at a time of a rapid expansion of the Catholic population. On the other, they were unable to resist profound moral pitfalls while working to meet those needs. Mahony is trying to reinstate himself as a moral leader after having been exposed as a protector of sexual predators.
May 12, 2010 |
"To live is to change," wrote the 19th century English Cardinal John Henry Newman, "and to be perfect is to have changed often." Pope Benedict XVI will preside over Newman's beatification — sainthood's honorific antechamber — when he visits Britain in September, but between now and then he's likely to hear growing demands for change in the governance of an ancient but scandal-ravaged institution In a stunningly blunt editorial, for...
November 10, 2012
Several readers who disagreed with The Times' Monday editorial , which expressed concern over priests who made political statements from the pulpit before Tuesday's vote, noted that the same day's paper published a photo of Gov. Jerry Brown in the pews of a South L.A. church campaigning for Proposition 30. In a letter Tuesday, Robert S. Rodgers of Culver City asked: "Do the editors approve of Democrats going to churches to push for their causes...
December 18, 2013 |
Christian charity will be hitting the small screen in the middle of next year when "It Takes a Church" is to debut on GSN. The network announced Tuesday that it has greenlighted the new original series, which features 2014 Grammy Award nominee Natalie Grant as host. The hourlong reality show is to visit a different congregation at churches across the U.S. in order to find the perfect romantic partner for a preselected single person. The church's pastor will then ask his or her congregation to try to find a match.
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May 13, 2013 |
Two men came forward to say that a prominent leader of the Los Angeles archdiocese during the post-war boom years molested them, the L.A. Times reported Sunday. Msgr. Benjamin Hawkes was a power broker in Los Angeles during that era. The second-in-command to two cardinals, he ran the Los Angeles church for three decades, a span during which it grew into the largest, most diverse, and by some counts, wealthiest archdiocese in the nation. His knack for money and real estate gave him influence from Rome to Hollywood.
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May 22, 1989
In response to "Preacher Scott Rents Theater in L.A. for Church," Part I, May 10: Bruce Corwin (president of Metropolitan Theaters and president of Miracle on Broadway) is quoted as saying, "A church is a splendid use for the theater." Friends, church is theater and I hope to live to see the day that it is taxed accordingly. MARY CARR MELKONIAN Woodland Hills