Roger Michael Cardinal Mahony Roger Michael Cardinal Mahony
Archbishop of Los Angeles, California, USA
Cardinal Priest of Ss Quattro Coronati
Feb 27, 1936
Jun 28, 1991
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English Debate with Mother Angelica
Sept 18, 2004
Late last year Mother Angelica became involved in a debate with Cardinal Mahony, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, as the result of comments she made about a new directive the cardinal issued on September 4, 1997 - the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels.

(5 January 2001) The directive - "Gather Faithfully Together" - was issued as a guide for Sunday Mass for the Los Angeles archdiocese to be implemented by the year 2000.

Mother Angelica said that the document placed too much emphasis on the community and not nearly enough on the Real Presence of Christ's Body and Blood in the consecrated species. In fact, the Jesus Presence par excellence, the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into His Body and Blood, appears to be noted only by numeric reference to a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is not mentioned directly anywhere in the 30+ page document, an apparent oversight that creates a very confusing picture of the celebration of Jesus' eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood, particularly to the faithful for whom the directive was intended.

Mother Angelica initially urged the Catholics of Los Angeles to ignore the Cardinal's directive, then later apologized after the Cardinal demanded she do so. She apologized for overstepping her bounds but then systematically found theological problems with several sections of the Cardinal's new directive. On hearing of this, the Cardinal apparently appealed to the Vatican in December asking for her removal as the head of EWTN.
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