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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Cardinal Mahony And The Law

George Neumayr, the son of one of the founders of Thomas Aquinas College, is one of my favorite writers. He knows how to deliver a blow with the pen and knows when and where a blow is needed. His acerbic writing style is on full display in his recent piece on Cardinal Mahony:

I had to laugh when I heard last week that he in effect called on Los Angeles Catholics to "fast" and "pray" that amnesty be extended to illegal immigrants. This is a cardinal who normally considers such practices ultramontane burdens — a cardinal who waives Holy Days of Obligation when they fall too close to Sunday, because he doesn't want the faithful to suffer the agony of going to church twice within three days. Yet to advance his chic liberalism he will harness the power of old-time piety and invoke weighty Catholic language he usually dismisses as too sectarian. The Church, he proudly harrumphs against a phantom threat, "is not in a position of negotiating the spiritual and the corporal works of mercy" — a phrase I've never heard him utter before.