Monday, March 28, 2016

Mother Angelica (take two)

If you wonder why some Catholics remain catholic, blame Mother Angelica, who drew a line in the sand against the PC types trying to change the church.

update: NYTimes has an only slightly biased obit.

Some of us love her for her enemies:

“I am so tired of you, liberal church in America,” she said. “I resent you pushing your anti-Catholic, ungodly ways upon the masses of this country.”
Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, a prelate identified at the time with the church’s progressive wing, called her remarks “disgraceful, un-Christian, offensive and divisive.” The administrative body of American bishops, then known as the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked that the segment be pulled from the network’s lineup of reruns. Mother Angelica refused.
A more significant clash occurred in 1997, when Mother Angelica criticized Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles for proposing changes in the sacrament of holy communion that she viewed as a breach of core church doctrine.
“I’m afraid my obedience in that diocese would be absolutely zero,” she said. “And I hope everybody else’s in that diocese is zero.”
Cardinal Mahoney demanded an apology and a retraction of her call for disobedience. He received a grudging apology, which Mother Angelica then obscured with a long on-air explication of her complaint. At the cardinal’s request, the Vatican began an inquiry into her work. No disciplinary action was taken.
Weakland, of course, was removed after it was revealed he had paid off a male paramour, (and more: LINK) and the liturgical abuses of Mahoney are still with us while his pedophile coverups  are finally are getting some press coverage after years of being known to locals and reported in conservative Catholic blogs/papers.

Alas, a few speakers on her network also were found to be less than honest (to say the least) but when problems arose, they were promptly removed and their talks removed from the network's website.

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