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Cardinal Mahony calls Kennedy a champion of the powerless [Updated]

Lanow.mahoney Cardinal Roger Mahony issued a statement today calling the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) a champion of "the voiceless, the powerless and the most needy of our citizens."

Mahony, leader of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, recalled how the two worked together after the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act was introduced in 2007.

Kennedy "was keenly aware of the plight of immigrant peoples in our nation and was an advocate for their rights and their full inclusion into the culture and economy of our country."

Mahony was one of several prominent California figures to issue statements about the death of Kennedy on Tuesday night.

"Even though he lived in the far northeast corner of our country, he had a deep and personal sense of the needs of the poorest across the land," Mahony said. "He never tired in speaking up for them and their rights and needs."

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement Tuesday night that said he and his wife were "saddened by the passing of Uncle Teddy."

Mahony said in his statement: "He was known to the world as the Lion of the Senate, a champion of social justice, and a political icon. Teddy taught us all that public service isn't a hobby or even an occupation, but a way of life and his legacy will live on."

[Updated at 11:55 a.m.: California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown issue this statement: "All through the years, Ted Kennedy has been a voice for the voiceless, fighting injustice and championing compassion and equality. America has lost a wonderful human being."]

 -- Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: Cardinal Roger Mahony in 2006. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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Kennedy's legacy, so far as California is concerned, is a country inundated by
Mexico's poor and on the verge of bankruptcy. In his arguments for the Immigration Act of 1965, as as in so many cases. Kennedy was dishonest. All his predictions have proved false. Millions do cross our borders every year, and the ethnic make-up of our country is forever changed. And the main effect has been to relieve the corrupt elites of Mexico and countries to the South of the responsibility to govern their people justly. But Kennedy was of the same class as so many of these elites: debauched in their personal morals and contemptuous of ordinary folks.

As for Mahoney: he missed his calling. He should have gone into politics . Whoever said" the road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops was talking about the likes of this one.

Mahoney: "Kennedy 'was keenly aware of the plight of immigrant peoples...'"

What a bunch of horse manure. My family consists almost completely of immigrants, but Kennedy did nothing for us. The only immigrants for which these two clowns advocated are those who are here ILLEGALLY - the ones who depress wages for all blue-collar workers, including legal immigrants and American-born people of all races and ethnicities. Kennedy wanted nothing but to be known as the supreme liberal. Mahoney's prominence depends almost exclusively on illegal immigrant Catholics, especially since he's completely alienated so many socially-aware Catholics who are appalled by his harboring criminal priests and criminal aliens.

Yes, champion swimmer Ted sure did help the powerless Mary Jo Kopechne all those years ago in the river...kind of like Mahoney himself who cared so much about the powerless altar boys getting molested by the priests he kept moving around.

I support John Schuh 110%

Was the good Cardinal including in the "powerless" category all the children he's allowed his Priests to molest over the years or simply the illegal immigrants who flood into California by the millions? Who really are the powerless, Cardinal?

As for Mahoney: he missed his calling. He should have gone into politics . Whoever said" the road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops was talking about the likes of this one.

***Clapping*** hahahahaha

Voice of the powerless? Does that include molested children?

St. John Chrysostom said "the road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops". St. Athanasius said "The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops." Either way, cardinal Mohony fits. How could you say the Forget the dead Ted was a defender of the powerless when he was such a proponent of abortion? No one is as powerless as the baby in the womb!

In his encyclical "Penance and Reconciliation," Pope John Paul II listed a great many ways in which people participate in "social sin" through their own personal sins. One of those was "the conspiracy of silence."

Cardinal Mahony's obscene praise for the mass-murderer and demagogue Edward Kennedy is a perfect example of "the conspiracy of silence."

Who is more powerless and innocent than the child in the womb? FIFTY MILLION murders of babies in the womb were, for Edward Kennedy, NOT ENOUGH. A hundred million MORE murders would not have been enough to satisfy the demonic pride and lust for power of Edward Kennedy. He literally defended the "right" to murder babies to his dying day.

One of history's greatest monsters has assumed room temperature. Today is a day for unbridled thanksgiving and rejoicing, especially for Catholics. We should also seriously examine our consciences, asking: How morally sick is the Catholic Church in America that we have tolerated several generations of bishops, and several generations of Catholic voters, who did not recognize the Kennedys--Edward Kennedy above all--as a scourge upon the Catholic Church and the United States?

Cardinal Mahony embodies the moral and intellectual putrefaction that has made the bishops, as a body, more akin to a festering, pus-spewing abscess in the Church than the secure foundation it should be.

What Kennedy deserves to be!

may you rest in peace..

The religious hypocrisy of today is overflowing in our country today. The mark of true Christianity is nothing what Edward Kennedy has displayed in his life, which speaks much about the overall Roman Catholic church. God help our nation when we put men like this on a pestal to be honored, which also says little about the icons we honor today as men of moral integrity and character. Evidently our standards for heros have been lowered down so anyone could be considered a hero in our world today. God save our nation.

Just another example of "a wolf in sheep's clothing". How disgusting to give tribute to a man that supported abortion-on-demand and call him a "champion of the powerless". I suppose the most innocent children in their mother's womb do not qualify for that category.

As a Catholic I am saddened that Cardinal Roger Mahony has chosen those exact words for a man that didn't defend the weakest and most innocent of our society...the aborted.

But perhaps Cardinal Mahony feels that our unborn (yet truly living) or not as deserving of his protection?

A man who devoted his life to ensuring the slaughter of innocent babies in the womb gets a Cardinal - no, two - for his funeral? And another Cardinal to call him a champion of "the voiceless, the powerless and the most needy of our citizens"? What an absolute and utter disgrace. Obviously, just as Jesus had Judas, so too must we have worthy Successors to Judas.

Wasn’t Cardinal Mahony that marched on the street with the mayor of LA which cheated on his wife and supports the gay marriage?

Wasn’t Cardinal Mahony that protected all those child abusers dressed as priests in order to keep his image clean? Because of his bad judgment the whole Church has to suffer now.

This man should step down and retire in a monastery to do penance for the rest of his life.

About Ted Kennedy, not only that he supported abortion, but he supported issues only for his political agenda. He sent a letter to the Pope saying that he supports universal health care for all. This man was using his last breath to push the socialist agenda forward. Why he didn’t go to Cuba or Canada to be treated with socialized medicine but he wants to impose it on us?

Most of the American people are angry because of this health care bill which is going to demand assisted suicide for those unworthy paying for by the government, but some catholic bishops are praising this reform. They are either out of their mind or out of touch with the people’s reality.

And one of these bishops is Cardinal Mahony.

Shame on you Cardinal! You betrayed Christ, you betrayed the Church, and you betray the people of God.

It would have been better to have said nothing.

Well, what can one expect. One betrayer of the Church praising another. Mahony reminds me of Saruman in the Lord of the Rings. He smiles and pretends to be a man of faith while he does the work of the enemy.

Ted Kennedy was a drunk and womanizer, murderer, and traitor. He stomped on the Constitution and used his family’s name and money to remain out of jail on numerous occasions. Some of his many transgressions:

He is mainly resp9onsible for the invasion of the illegal immigrants and bankrupting our country.

He has consistently voted anti-life and anti-family legislation (pro-same-sex unions calling them “marriage”); hate-speech legislation (ignoring the First Amendment); and curtailing church’s rights.

Thrown out of Harvard for cheating on a test (yet he accused others of lying on many occasions)

Killed MaryJo Kopechne (while still married); he left her, swam to shore, was intoxicated, checked into a motel, slept the remainder of the night, tried to get his cousin Joe Garghan to lie and say he was driving the car, THEN phoned the police!

In 1991, Easter weekend in Palm Beach, he took his nephews for a carousing on the town experience, which ended with one of them being accused of rape (the facts supported the case).

After voting to support the Iraqi war, he changed his tune when things began to go sour; then accused Pres. Bush of lying (although he believed the same information at the time Bush did).

He ordered a taxpayer-paid, $2,490-helicopter ride to Hyannis Port (home) for a $51.87-per mile cost to avoid traffic---2005.

Damaged US troops’ morale by comparing them to Saddam Hussein’s torture squads (i.e., doing things like piercing hands with an electrical drill, suspending prisoners until one’s ligaments tore, feeding victims feet-first into shredders for plastic, eye gouging, etc.

Was unfaithful to his wife and the Church he claimed to love.

Is this the man we want to idolize?

He was a great man and did a great job. Sure with every leader their are mistakes and faults. He may of not gone about immigration in the right fashion but trying gets others to reform it and make the law better.


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