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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 1, 2013
STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP JOSE H. GOMEZ REGARDING PRIESTLY STATUS OF CARDINAL ROGER MAHONY
AND BISHOP THOMAS CURRY
Questions from the faithful and some members of the news media indicate that it would be helpful for me to clarify the status of Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry.
Cardinal Mahony, as Archbishop Emeritus, and Bishop Curry, as Auxiliary Bishop, remain bishops in good standing in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with full rights to celebrate the Holy Sacraments of the Church and to minister to the faithful without restriction.
Thanks for posting this, Bernard. I hadn't seen it. And, my reaction is oh no. Really, I guess I can understand them remaining bishops (I'm not sure who can strip the title of bishop from them (I suppose it would be the pope), but "in good standing" - really? And, as for having full rights "to minister to the faithful without restriction" - well, I sincerely hope that situation changes very fast, as these two should not be able to minister to anyone! (Again, I suppose what happens is up to the Pope?)
I don't understand why Mahony isn't in a monastery somewhere (perhaps in upstate New York would be good or Alaska (do they have any monasteries there?) or if the Pope wants to move him out of the U.S., I think the Mongolian desert would be a good place where he likely couldn't harm anyone ( just wishful thinking on my part).
I agree. No One Should Minimize what has happened. I can't imagine why they would remain in good standing. Not OK.