Transcript of online session with Cardinal Roger Mahony and students from St. Benedict School
Friday, May 4, 2007
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cardinal Roger Mahony annually conducts a nationwide, online chat live during the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. He has also requested that these special online school chats happen outside of Congress as well. This is the fifth such event, this year with 12 students (seventh- and eighth-graders) from St. Benedict School in Montebello, Calif. Chris Krause (Moderator) moderated with the Cardinal from the offices at The Tidings at the Archdiocesan Catholic Center. And special thanks to Frank Loya, principal at St. Benedict School, and Mr. Fred for coordinating..On Friday, May 4, 2007, we welcome students from St. Benedict School in Montebello to an online Chat with Cardinal Roger Mahony. And a thank you to them for participating; they are only the fifth school ever to be involved in such an event!
Cardinal Roger Mahony was born in Hollywood, Calif., and was ordained a priest in 1962 for the Diocese of Fresno, Calif. While there, he taught social work at California State University, Fresno. In 1975, he was made Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Fresno by Pope Paul VI. That year, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Bishop Mahony as the first chair of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, where he worked with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers and various growers in the state to resolve labor disputes.
In 1980, Bishop Mahony was appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Stockton. Only five years later he was appointed to lead the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the first native Angeleno to hold the office. Bishop Mahony was elevated to Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 1991.
Cardinal Mahony joins us this morning, in his 22nd year as leader of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, the nation’s largest diocese.
Moderator joined the chat
Moderator: Good morning! I'm logged in. the Cardinal should be here in about half an hour.
MaGaLy joined the chat
Briana joined the chat
Alex joined the chat
mario joined the chat
Peter joined the chat
MaGaLy: Hii :]
Moderator: Good morning!
Chris joined the chat
Briana: Hi! *;-)
Daniel joined the chat
Briana: What up!
Chris: hi daniel
Daniel: Hey cheto
Briana: Hi Mario!
Chris: hi magaly
MaGaLy: SUP FOO
mario: hi magaly
Daniel: hello cardinal
Moderator: How many will be online today?
MaGaLy: JUST KIDDING
MaGaLy: THERE WILL BE ABOUT TWELVE
Moderator: That sounds great!
Alex: good grief!
Nicholas joined the chat
Moderator: Have any of you seen or met Cardinal Mahony?
Nicholas: I have
Nicholas: Many, many a time
Briana: I saw him when he came to the Centennial celebration mass
Daniel: NO I HAVE NOT
Peter: I haven't
Ben joined the chat
Moderator: He is very tall, isn't he?
Briana: Really! I feel even shorter than I am
mario: hello I met him when he came to my parish for the 100 yrs. celebration
Daniel: yes he is
Chris: yes he is very tall
Elizabeth joined the chat
Elizabeth: hiii mario =]
mario: hi magaly
Ben: When did u get here Liz
Elizabeth: right now Ben
Elizabeth: hahaha! hi`.
Nicholas: Right now.
Cardinal Mahony joined the chat
Moderator: The Cardinal has arrived.
Moderator: Welcome, Cardinal.
Elizabeth: Hi Cardinal Mahony
Daniel: hello cardinal
Nicholas: Good morning, Your Eminence.
Peter: Good morning Cardinal
MaGaLy: GOOD MORNiiNG
alexandra joined the chat
Chris: good morning Cardinal Mahony
Ben: Hey cardinal good mornin
Cardinal Mahony: Good morning to all of you!!
mario: hello your eminence I just wanted to wish you a happy ANNIVERSARY
Elizabeth: How are you?
MaGaLy: HOW ARE YOU DOiiNG?
Daniel: GOOD MORNING CARDINAL
anthony joined the chat
alexandra: good morning cardinal
Nicholas: Good morning, Your Eminence.
Cardinal Mahony: How many of you are there on line?
Elizabeth: there are 12 of us
MaGaLy: THERE ARE 11
Alex: How are you?
alexandra: how are you doing?
mario: HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU WERE ORDAINED?
Cardinal Mahony: Mario: I was ordained a priest in 1962, and a bishop in 1975.
Cardinal Mahony: How many in each grade?
MaGaLy: 5 8TH
Daniel: FIVE IN 8TH GRADE
MaGaLy: 6 7TH
Peter: 5 in 8th
Elizabeth: 5 in 7th
Elizabeth: What made you decide to be a Cardinal?
Cardinal Mahony: Actually, I decided in St. Charles Parish school in No. Hollywood to be a priest.
Cardinal Mahony: Any of you interested in being a priest or sister?
alexandra: no i don't but i go to church
MaGaLy: DO YOU LiiKE iiT?
alexandra: what does it feel like to be head of the archdiocese?
Nicholas: My cousin lives in North Hollywood.
mario: congrats!!!! your eminence are you a cardinal deacon, cardinal priest, or cardinal bishop?
Daniel: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE U TO BE A CARDINAL
Chris: do you like being the cardinal of Los Angeles?
Cardinal Mahony: Mario: good question! I'm a cardinal priest, and my Titular Church in Rome is I Santi Quattro Coronati.
Ben: Have you ever met the pope?
Cardinal Mahony: How many of you have ever been to Rome?
Elizabeth: I’ve been to Rome
alexandra: i want to go to Rome
Alex: I haven’t.
MaGaLy: NOT ME
Briana: not me!
Ben: Me either
MaGaLy: HOW MANY TiiMES HAVE YOU BEEN THERE?
Elizabeth: What’s your favorite thing about being the cardinal?
mario: how many times do you go to Rome a year?
Briana: do you consider the cathedral your greatest accomplishment, because I know you played a big part
Cardinal Mahony: I just happened to be here the time of the Northridge earthquake in 1994; any Archbishop would have built the Cathedral. The most important project for me is not the Cathedral; rather, the Catholic Education Foundation which gives scholarship to children in need to attend our Catholic schools.
Nicholas: As it just so happens, my grandparents visited St. Peter's Basilica for my great-aunt's canonization.
Daniel: THAT IS GREAT
Cardinal Mahony: Eliz has been to Rome; the rest of you need to go also!
Briana: that is very interesting; could you elaborate on the foundation a little more?
Alex: Can you explain why we kill in war?
MaGaLy: YEA ii WANT TO BUT ii CANT AFFORD iiT
Chris: I’ve also been to rome, i have family there
Briana: me either! : (
Daniel: WHAT DO U THINK ABOUT THE WAR IN IRAQ
Cardinal Mahony: Tell me what you are studying now in your Religion classes.
Elizabeth: About Drugs
alexandra: how to avoid drugs
Elizabeth: and how they can affect you
Cardinal Mahony: 8th grade first.
Daniel: READING THE BIBLE
MaGaLy: WE ARE STUDiiNG ABOUT MAKiNG RiiGHT CHOiiCES
Peter: about life
Briana: About Mary and her special month, which is May!
alexandra: religion is cool:)
Cardinal Mahony: Some really good topics. You know what is really important? Choosing the right friends!!
MaGaLy: ii LOVE MiiSS CLEVER
Elizabeth: haha me too :]
Peter: she's our religion teacher
Nicholas: There is a tapestry of my great-aunt in the cathedral.
Daniel: THAT IS TRUE
anthony: do you like being the cardinal of Los Angeles? Why?
Cardinal Mahony: It is a great challenge serving as the Archbishop of LA, but very rewarding also.
MaGaLy: iiN WHAT WAYS?
Cardinal Mahony: Nich. who is your great aunt?
Elizabeth: What places have you been to while doing your job?
alexandra: what high school did you go to?
Daniel: HOW IS IT REWARDING?
Nicholas: Saint Maria Venegas
Cardinal Mahony: Nich. Terrific!!
Chris: what high schools have you attended?
Nicholas: Thank you, 'tis a great honor for my family and I.
Cardinal Mahony: I went to the high school seminary in my days; it was a day high school downtown.
Cardinal Mahony: After that, I went to St. John's College and Theology school up in Camarillo.
Daniel: IM GOING TO ST JOHN HIGH SCHOOL
Elizabeth: that`s nice.
anthony: What does it feel being the head of the Archdiocese?
Cardinal Mahony: Lots of challenges here: we have over 5 million Catholics, and so many of our Churches are too small.
MaGaLy: WHY DONT YOU EXPAND?
Daniel: WHAT DO U THINK ABOUT THE IMMIGRATION MARCH
Briana: We should make bigger ones
MaGaLy: iiF you had a day off what would you do?
Cardinal Mahony: Too many great questions!
Cardinal Mahony: It is hard to get a whole day off. However, I just planted a nice vegetable garden at the Cathedral, and it's neat watching all of the plants grow.
Briana: Thats nice!
alexandra: what are your hobbies?
Elizabeth: Is planting one of your hobbies?
MaGaLy: THATS NiiCE WHAT DiiD U PLANT?
Cardinal Mahony: Planted corn, tomatoes, squash, peppers.
MaGaLy: ii DONT LiiKE ANY OF THAT :[ HAHAHAHA
MaGaLy: Y DONT YOU ViiSiiT OUR SCHOOL?
Chris: can you explain why we can kill in war?
Cardinal Mahony: Chris: war should always be the last resort. Pope John Paul II often said that war is a sign of the failure of the human community to find non-violent ways to deal with our problems.
alexandra: will I ever see you in person?
Briana: I miss him.
Briana: (Pope John Paul II)
Nicholas: But what if said war is justified?
Chris: what is the biggest problem the church is facing right now?
MaGaLy: SOME TiiMES WAR iiS NEEDED
Elizabeth: H0w SH0uld we judge 0ur g0vernment leaders?
Cardinal Mahony: Nich. Be sure to look in the Catholic Catechism; you will find a good discussion about the Catholic "just war theory." War is always the last resort.
Alex: What do you think about the war in Iraq?
anthony: Do you every what to become pope?
mario: your eminence what is your opinion about the police violence in the riot on May 1?
Cardinal Mahony: I was in the March and at the Rally on May 1st. Both the marchers and the police could have been better prepared and had better plans throughout.
Briana: I agree completly
Elizabeth: When did the Holy Days of Obligation start?
Cardinal Mahony: Elizabeth--not sure, but again, the Catholic Catechism is a great resource. Or, go to Google and you can find out.
Ben: should the church go against same sex marriage?
Cardinal Mahony: Ben: we believe that the term "marriage" should be limited to one man and one woman in a life-long commitment.
Briana: too true
Ben: great, thanks
mario: thankx, your eminence have you ever had the chance to become a step higher than a cardinal?
Cardinal Mahony: No, I have no interest in being Pope!!
Nicholas: You are quite the modest one, Your Eminence.
MaGaLy: WHEN DO YOU PLAN TO ViiSiiT OUR SCHOOL?
Cardinal Mahony: Unfortunately, I don't get the opportunity to visit our elementary schools. I do visit our high schools, however, usually for Mass; or for football games.
MaGaLy: WE WOULD LiiKE YOU TO COME AND ViiSiiT US AT ONE OF OUR SCHOOL MASSES SO THAT WE CAN ALL GET A CHANCE TO MEET YOU
anthony: what do you think about St. Benedict school?
Cardinal Mahony: MaG: Unfortunately, it does not look promising to come for a school Mass.
MaGaLy: WELL iiF YOU WOULD EVER LiiKE TO COME YOU WiiLL BE WELCOMED AND WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU HERE
Peter: which one of our president's ideas do you support?
Nicholas: if any.
Peter: and which ones do you not?
Ben: What r your daily duties as cardinal?
Elizabeth: Our religion teacher Mrs Clever tells us that every Sunday we celebrate Easter Sunday... cAn YOU explain more about this?
alexandra: what is the biggest problem are church is facing?
Cardinal Mahony: Alex. No single biggest problem. We certainly need more priests to keep up with the growing Catholic population.
Alex: oUr religion teacher tells us every Sunday we celebrate Easter Sunday...can you explain more about this?
Cardinal Mahony: Alex--yes, each Sunday is a renewal of that First Sunday, the day Jesus rose from the dead. That's why the early Church began gathering for Eucharist on that day.
Daniel: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO BECOME CARDINAL?
Cardinal Mahony: Daniel: it is not a matter of years; rather, when the Pope decides to appoint someone a Cardinal, that is how it happens. I was made a Cardinal in 1991.
Alex: Which one of the president’s ideas do you support and which do you not support?
Briana: Do you like sports?
Cardinal Mahony: Alex--I don't get into such discussions. However, we are pushing Congress and the President to pass meaningful immigration reform legislation.
alexandra: do you anyone who has been sent to Iraq?
Cardinal Mahony: Alex. Yes, lots of people. Fr. Kevin Nolan went over as a chaplain, but he is home now.
mario: your eminence do you think the catholic church will ever reunite?
Nicholas: I believe that my esteemed colleague, Mr. Mario, means to ask if the Greek Orthodox and Catholic Churches will ever reunite.
alexandra: do you ever wonder how important you are in people's lives?
Cardinal Mahony: Mario--it is my constant prayer that we can unite all of the Christian Churches some day.
anthony: did you ever think about getting married before you joined the church?
Chris: can a cardinal excommunicate a catholic?
mario: thankx, your eminence have you ever questioned your faith?
Cardinal Mahony: Chris: yes, but that is always a last resort. I have never done so.
Peter: how should we judge our government leaders?
Ben: Quick question: When the apocalypse comes will God allow unholy but worthy people in heaven
Cardinal Mahony: Ben--I believe deeply that God wants all of us in Heaven; it's up to us to accept the invitation.
Chris: do you like president bush?
Nicholas: But is it not necessary to weed out rebellious elements in the Church?
Daniel: WHY IS ABORTION WRONG?
Cardinal Mahony: Daniel: again, a great discussion of abortion in the Catholic Catechism; also, in The Gospel of Life by John Paul II.
Briana: i hear that
Alex: dO YOU EVER WONDER HOW IMPORTANT YOU ARE IN PEOPLES LIVES?
Briana: Do you like Gorge Bush?
alexandra: are too many questions bothering you?
Cardinal Mahony: Briana--I like all people! Not always easy, but this Sunday's Gospel reminds us of that imperative.
Briana: Ok. ;)
Ben: What technological devices do u use often?
MaGaLy: iiS iiT POSSiiBLE FOR A CARDiiNAL 2 EXCOMMUNiiCATE A CATHOLiiC
anthony: Did you ever have a girlfriend when where young?
Cardinal Mahony: MaG: I never think about penalties, excommunication, etc. Best to urge people to be faithful to Jesus day by day.
Alex: i HEAR OUR PASTOR TALK ABOUT "TOGETHER IN MISSION" WHAT CAN WE DO AS CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TO BE A PART OF THIS?
MaGaLy: OOO :]
Elizabeth: Did you want to be Cardinal when you were younger; if not, what did you wanna BE?
MaGaLy: DO YOU READ THE BiiBLE 4 FUN?
Cardinal Mahony: MaG: not for fun in that sense, but there are some Old Test. stories that I just love: book of Ruth, book of Tobit.
MaGaLy: OO THATS COOL......ALOT OF PRiiESTS DO SO ii WAS JUST WONDERiiNG
Nicholas: But if it is imperative to like all people, would it not then be imperative to appreciate the work of all people, in that case?
MaGaLy: ii LiiKE YOU :]
Nicholas: Take Voltaire, for example.
Cardinal Mahony: Nich. Yes, we need to appreciate the good/positive work of everyone--as long as no one is harmed by that work.
Alex: WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE BEING HEAD OF THE ACHDIOCESE?
Cardinal Mahony: Do you read the Bible regularly? A great habit to form now!
MaGaLy: YES iiN RELiiGiiON CLASS ALL TOGETHER
Elizabeth: i ONLY READ iT iN RELIGI0N EVERY THURSDAY
Briana: Do you believe that they should throw out immigrants?
anthony: what elementary and high school did you attend?
Cardinal Mahony: Brian: we are ALL immigrants in this country. We need to find a process to allow the people who we need for jobs to do so legally.
Briana: Oh yeah!!
Elizabeth: and it’s about Sunday’s gospel
Chris: mrs. clever tries to explain the meaning of each story
MaGaLy: YES AND SHE DOES A GREAT JOB :]
Briana: That's VERY TRUE
Cardinal Mahony: I hope you have your own Bible, and that you turn to it from time to time.
mario: thankx, your eminence have you ever questioned your faith?
MaGaLy: YEA THEY MAKE US BUY iiT FOR RELiiGiiON CLASS
Nicholas: But should not the Mexican immigrants be pushing for more work in their own homeland?
Cardinal Mahony: To study the immigration question more fully, please go to: www.justiceforimmigrants.org
Briana: do you think alcohol should be illegal?
Cardinal Mahony: Briana--no, alcohol in moderation can be a great gift from God; eg, a nice glass of wine. Remember: Jesus made about 175 gallons of wine at the Wedding in Cana.
alexandra: do you think our mayor is making the right decisions?
Briana: Thank you for the suggestion
Ben: If u were able to change 1 thing about the catholic community what would it be?
Elizabeth: What did you think about the VIRGINIA TECH incident?
Cardinal Mahony: Sorry--some brief technical issues, but back again!
Cardinal Mahony: Eliz The Virginia Tech tragedy was just dreadful. But how many heroes were there also that day.
alexandra: would you like to be involved in political decisions?
Chris: do you think the movie BORAT is a bad movie?
anthony: Where and what school did you attend to become a cardinal?
Ben: What do u do when hard times come around
Briana: Ok, thank you
anthony: Did you go to college?
alexandra: what’s your favorite food?
mario: do you think science and religion are able to fit together?
Cardinal Mahony: Alex--unfortunately, all foods are my favorite!!
Briana: What is your favorite type of music
MaGaLy: DiiD YOU EVER THiiNK OF BEiiNG A RELiiGiiON TEACHER?
Cardinal Mahony: MaG: no.
Daniel: WHAT NATIONALITY ARE U
MaGaLy: WHY NOT?
Cardinal Mahony: Dan. Half German, half Italian; name came through an adoption of my father.
Daniel: NICE TO KNOW CARDINAL
Chris: I’m full blooded Italian
Nicholas: What is your position on the gun control question?
Cardinal Mahony: Nich--yes, I favor gun control. No country in the world has so many guns in the hands of so many people as we do.
Briana: What is your favorite type of music
mario: do u think that Paris Hilton and all the other celebs should be treated equal?
Peter: I would think so
MaGaLy: ii LOVE LUDACRiiS
Daniel: I LIKE ROCK MUSIC
MaGaLy: ii DONT LiiKE ROCK MUSiiK :]
Elizabeth: me too
Cardinal Mahony: Briana--I like good background music, such as classical; the Taize psalms, other types. Also, country-western!
Nicholas: But in the case of an inept American government,
Nicholas: The American people would be needed to exercise their right to revolution.
alexandra: should bush go to war?
Briana: yur Really COOL!!
Elizabeth: Do you think the prince should go to war
Cardinal Mahony: Eliz--I think Prince Harry should go to another assignment, not to Iraq; he is placing his fellow soldiers in danger.
Alex: iF YOU VISITED THE UNITED STATES, WOULD YOU COME AGAIN?
Elizabeth: i agreee :]
Cardinal Mahony: Alex--I sure would!!!
alexandra: what's your favorite place in the world?
Cardinal Mahony: I like visiting all parts of the world--was in South America last year, China the year before, and Africa the year before that.
Briana: Do you like sports
Cardinal Mahony: I like high school football first, then college football. Professional sports have become too much about MONEY, not about sports.
Elizabeth: Do u like UCLA?
Ben: Trojans all the way
Briana: Too TRUE!!
Elizabeth: or USC?
Alex: USC IS COOL
anthony: Are you a USC are UCLA fan?
Elizabeth: ucla is better.
MaGaLy: USC BABEEE
Chris: ucla is better
Cardinal Mahony: I like BOTH USC and UCLA--sorry!
Ben: Do u have any family members that are priests, deacons, etc.?
MaGaLy: iiF iiT WERE UP 2 U WOULD YOU HAVE ALL YOUR MALE FAMiiLY MEMBERS BE PRiiSTS
Cardinal Mahony: Ben--no family members in the priesthood; so I am counting on YOUR two classes for a few more!!!
alexandra: what is your favorite college?
mario: Do u think that the death penalty should be banned? if so would should be the penalty for criminals?
Cardinal Mahony: Mario--yes, the death penalty should be banned. Our country is the only country to have the death penalty, besides China, Iran, Iraq.
Nicholas: What is the status of the Catholic Church in China?
Briana: Cool! Where's yur favorite part of the world?
Chris: i visited Argentina from my dad's side of the family
alexandra: are making your own religions wrong?
Daniel: HAVE YOU GONE TO MEXICO
Cardinal Mahony: I have been to Mexico many times--a great, and diverse, country!
Elizabeth: i went there on a cruise
Briana: YE-Ah!!! I'm from MEX!!!
Cardinal Mahony: How many of you speak a second language, and which ones?
Elizabeth: i speak filipino
MaGaLy: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORiiTE PLACES TO ViiSiiT
Peter: what is your favorite book, other than the Bible of course
Chris: i speak italian and spanish
Ben: Will think about it
Alex: i SPEAK SPANISH
mario: I SPEAK SPANISH AND A BIT OF TURKISH?
Briana: I speak Spanish, and a little French
alexandra: i speak two languages going on three
MaGaLy: ii SPEAK CHiiNESE ENGLiiSH SPANiiSH AND RUSSiiAN
Cardinal Mahony: MaG--where did you learn all of those???
Elizabeth: Hhahh YES where did you magaly?
MaGaLy: MY MOM
MaGaLy: AND ii TOOK CLASSES OVER THE SUMMER
mario: so what do u suggest the punishments should be?
Cardinal Mahony: Mario--for really serious crimes, life in prison--no parole.
anthony: Have you ever visited Iraq before the war?
Cardinal Mahony: Anthony--no.
Cardinal Mahony: How many of you own CATS?
Chris: not me
Elizabeth: i i prefer d0gs
Daniel: NOT ME
Briana: I don't
Peter: I do!
Alex: i DONT I OWN A DOG
Briana: Do you like Italian food?
Cardinal Mahony: I love Italian food!!!
MaGaLy: ME TOO
Elizabeth: i like spaghetti
Chris: me too
Ben: Question for my homework: Do you like basketball or football better?
Cardinal Mahony: I have two cats: Rafael and Gabriel; they meow in English & Spanish.
Cardinal Mahony: Ben--football for me.
Briana: ME 2!!
Ben: cool thankz
anthony: what’s was the best book you ever read?
Elizabeth: King Phillip came over for some good spaghetti
mario: YOUR EMINENCE IN TURKEY I HAVE VISITED AN ORTHODOX CHURCH. IS THIS A SIN?
Cardinal Mahony: Mario--absolutely not!!!!
MaGaLy: ii HAVE 9 DOGS
MaGaLy: AND A LOT OF BiiRDS
Cardinal Mahony: MaG--9 dogs???
MaGaLy: iiTS BECAUSE ii HAVE A BiiG YARD
Briana: That explains it!!
Elizabeth: oooh haha.
MaGaLy: 3 BiiG ONES AND 6 SMALL ONES
anthony: did you ever have a pet when young?
Cardinal Mahony: Anth--yes, dogs, cats, rabbits.
Nicholas: i have visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem-fascinating architecture.
Cardinal Mahony: Nich--a great place to visit!
MaGaLy: OHH ii HAD RABBiiTS ii HAD ONE AND ii GOT iiT A PARTNER AND THEN ii ENDED UP WiiTH LiiKE 76 SO ii GAVE THEM AWAY
Cardinal Mahony: Where are you 8th graders going to high school?
Daniel: IM GOING TO JOHN BOSCO
Chris: schurr high school
Peter: I'm going to Don Bosco Tech
Nicholas: I am going to Don Bosco tech.
Daniel: IM GOING TO JOHN BOSCO
Elizabeth: bIshop or La sALLE
Ben: Loyola i hope!
anthony: I am going to Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary
Ben: Who's your fav. saint?
mario: WHO DO U THINK IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS, THE ROMANS OR THE ISRAELITES?
alexandra: is las vegas truly sin city?
Cardinal Mahony: Mario--the leaders of the Jews, and the Romans.
Peter: If you have one, other than the bible of course, what is your favorite book?
Cardinal Mahony: No really favorite book; too many!
MaGaLy: DO YOU WATCH BASKETBALL?
Nicholas: But were not the Romans simply executing the will of the Jewish people?
Cardinal Mahony: Nich--the Romans just gave in to the Jewish leaders.
MaGaLy: DO YOU LiiKE THE HEATS?
alexandra: is being in Las Vegas on Easter Sunday wrong?
Cardinal Mahony: Alex--not as long as you went to Mass in Las Vegas also.
Elizabeth: i HAVE.
Briana: What do u think about the Passion of Christ?
Chris: what is your favorite football team
Elizabeth: their bread is really bread =]
Cardinal Mahony: the Passion of Christ is terrific; so is The Nativity Story.
alexandra: is boxing wrong?
MaGaLy: CHRiiS ii THiiNK YOU NEED TYPiiNG CLASSES
Briana: I haven't seen the Nativity story
Ben: I saw the nativity it was amazing
Daniel: IVE SEEN THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
MaGaLy: OH U 2 DANNiiEL
alexandra: i’m going to see a fight tomorrow?
Cardinal Mahony: Alex--boxing is not good since it has as its goal the disabling of the opponent physically.
alexandra: thanks for answering my question!
MaGaLy: OHH ME 2 LOL
MaGaLy: THANKX CHRiiS
Cardinal Mahony: Hard to type fast on line and not make mistakes!
MaGaLy: NO THEY PRESSED BUTTONS
Daniel: R U GOING FOR DE LA HOYA
Chris: magaly messed me up
MaGaLy: THEY DONT LiiKE ME
Cardinal Mahony: I wouldn't pay $55 to watch any boxing match.
Briana: Do you believe football is about disabling yur opponent
Cardinal Mahony: Bri--no. It's about getting the football down the field.
Briana: Oh, ok
Briana: but don't u hurt the opponent?
anthony: Have you ever met the Pope?
Cardinal Mahony: Ant. Yes, I have met the Pope many times; both before he was Pope, and after.
Elizabeth: Do u like the Lakers.
anthony: Do you like the Suns?
Elizabeth: I don’t
Elizabeth: Suns :]
alexandra: hey what were you doing before you logged on?
Ben: good Q alex
Cardinal Mahony: Before logging on, I had a meeting at the Cathedral. I now have several appointments coming up.
MaGaLy: HOW DiiD iiT GO?
Elizabeth: I altar served at the Cathedral when we visited.
Daniel: IS GAMBLING WRONG?
Cardinal Mahony: Gambling an amount that does not harm your family, present and future, is OK. Best way to do it: if you go to Vegas or a casino, decide exactly how much you are going to spend on gambling; and stick to that.
alexandra: i know
mario: DO U HAVE AN IPOD
Briana: Do u have an Ipod
Chris: are you going to watch Spiderman 3
Ben: Go spidey!
Elizabeth: I have spidey powers
anthony: Do you have an ipod?
Cardinal Mahony: Ant. Yes, but I don't use it that often.
MaGaLy: HOW NiiCE CHRiiS JUST TOLD ME HE WANTS TO BE A PRiiST AND FOLLOW THE PATH OF JESUS
Daniel: THAT’S NICE CHRIS
MaGaLy: 4 WHAT?
Peter: I believe Mr. Loya made a very educated statement earlier
Chris: nb hj'
alexandra: are you always so busy? Nicholas: But it was not necessary for the Romans to do otherwise, since it is required by the conquerors to appease the conquered. Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, washed his hands of the whole affair.
Cardinal Mahony: Nich--yes, and government leaders have been doing the same thing ever since.
Cardinal Mahony: Has your class visited the Cathedral? What do you think of it?Cardinal Mahony: Ben--I really like so many people actually living downtown; has given us many more stores, coffee shops, etc.
Briana: I did in 5th grade
Elizabeth: in 5th grade that's when I altar served.
Ben: I like the Staples Center cardinal.
MaGaLy: iiTS VERY NiiCE
Alex: Its very beautiful
Briana: it AWESOME!!! and BEAUTIFUL!!!
Elizabeth: its hugicle
MaGaLy: ii LiiKE ALL OF iiT BUT THE BOTTOM WHERE ALL THE PEOPLE ARE
Ben: What do like most about downtown cardinal?
Alex: Have you been to any of the missions in California?
Cardinal Mahony: Alex--I think I have been to all 21 Missions.Cardinal Mahony: Ant. I get up early--around 4:45 AM, and that is my best prayer time. Masses, Confirmations, etc. and other prayers during the day.
Elizabeth: What’s the most important thing to remember while you do your job?
anthony: how may times a day do you pray?
Briana: do you pray more day, or night?
Daniel: DO U GO TO MASS EVERYDAY?
Cardinal Mahony: Daniel--yes, I celebrate Mass at least once every day.Cardinal Mahony: Alex--I like First Communion in 2nd grade.
Chris: why is it wrong to miss mass
alexandra: what age do you think you should be when you first receive communion?
alexandra: i was in third grade when i first received communion
Elizabeth: me t00.
alexandra: too bad i had it a year later Peter: How do you feel of children from the gospel during masses?
Briana: have u ever been 2 a sporting event?
mario: WHATS UR OPINION ABOUT COMMUNISM?
MaGaLy: iiF FOR SOME REASON YOU GOT TAKEN DOWN OF BEiiNG A CARDiiNAL WHAT WOULD YOU CONSiiDER DOiiNG? Nicholas: Why is the Church in opposition to a secular belief such as Communism?
Cardinal Mahony: Mario--communism is a failed system that places total value on the state and the government, not on the individual person; that's why it can't succeed.
Nicholas: Very good statement on Communism, Your Eminence.
Cardinal Mahony: MaG--teach you how to type!!
MaGaLy: SORRY CHRiiS iiS MESSiiN ME UP
Chris: not true cardinal
Elizabeth: We are having international day right now; and all the grades are performing
Ben: Is taking down religious things like pics. of Jesus disrespectful?
Cardinal Mahony: What is your class doing?
alexandra: except for us in the chat room
alexandra: but its ok
Daniel: WE HAVING INTERNATIONAL DAY
Briana: Do u think we'll have world peace some day?
Cardinal Mahony: How are you portraying Egypt?
Briana: COOL!!!! That's our Grade!!
Elizabeth: were not performing
Cardinal Mahony: Do you have a couple of camels?
Elizabeth: with a dance?
Alex: no camels
Briana: We were going to perform with Moses, but,...
alexandra: walking like an Egyptian
Elizabeth: and jesus wALKS
mario: DO U THINK CASTRO AND CHAVEZ SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF THEIR POWER?
Cardinal Mahony: Mario--the people of those countries suffer a lot under them.
anthony: How many friends do you have?
Cardinal Mahony: Ant. about 5 million or so!!Cardinal Mahony: I consider all of our people in the Church to be my friends; and they are your friends, too!
Briana: How So!!???
alexandra: i want 5 mill friends
Briana: yur my friend 2 cardinal
Nicholas: That's....a lot of friends.
mario: UR MY FRIEND 3
Alex: Me 4
alexandra: me 5
mario: LIKE BFF FOREVER!!!!!!!!
Cardinal Mahony: I now consider ALL of you my friends as well!Cardinal Mahony: Not much time for parties. Unless you guys have a Party Flier and send me one!!
MaGaLy: DO YOU GO TO PARTIES?
alexandra: my place
MaGaLy: HAHA OKK ii WiiLL THiiS SATURDAY iiF YOU WANT BUT HOW SAD THAT YOU CANT COME TO A SCHOOL MASS BUT YOU COULD GO TO A PARTY :]
alexandra: laugh laugh
Elizabeth: i told you alex
Cardinal Mahony: MaG--that's because visiting classes is during the day, and I always have too many meetings, appointments.Cardinal Mahony: Any of you on MySpace.com?
MaGaLy: OHHH WELL ii'LL TRY TO ASK THE PRiiEST TO SCHEDULE A MASS AT NiiGHT FOR YOU
Briana: uh hu
Elizabeth: but not at school.
Daniel: ITS BLOCKED
Chris: yes, i have a myspace
Peter: I don’t like myspace
Briana: i know!! Scary!!
Elizabeth: i am
Cardinal Mahony: Be very careful to whom you give your email addresses!Cardinal Mahony: Actually, no time for myspace.
Elizabeth: do you have a myspace?
Cardinal Mahony: No, I don't have myspace.
alexandra: i do
Elizabeth: myspace can be fun
alexandra: and boring
MaGaLy: YOU SHOULD GET ONE
Briana: Why?! then u could talk 2 us all the time!!!
MaGaLy: OHHH YOU COULD LOG iiN AT NiiGHT!!! NO MEETiiNGS!
Elizabeth: do you think myspace is wrong
anthony: do you want a myspace
Elizabeth: nuh uh
Ben: what LIZ!!!
Ben: Soon I will run against friends for student council should i be worried?
Elizabeth: be quiet ben
Cardinal Mahony: Ben--absolutely not! Just be positive and joyful!!
Briana: i'm running for prez, all the way!
alexandra: take it out side ben and liz
mario: IM RUNNING FOR COMMISSIONER @ LARGE. WILL YOU VOTE FOR ME?
Elizabeth: im running for vp
Cardinal Mahony: How old do you think I am????
Elizabeth: 55 tops
Cardinal Mahony: You ALL have my votes!!!
Elizabeth: thank you.
Briana: THANX!! MEANS A LOT!!
Ben: Then ur comin with us alex
alexandra: im running for religious affairs
Elizabeth: ben likes to say SMILE GOD LOVES YOU
Cardinal Mahony: I asked some kids one day that question, and one boy told me that he thought I was 98!!Cardinal Mahony: I hope you ALL win your posts!!
Briana: HOW MEAN!!
alexandra: no ben
Briana: me 2!!
Daniel: THANK YOU
Briana: except the people we’re running against
Chris: how old are you??
Cardinal Mahony: Nobody came that close!! Actually, I'm 71 now.
Daniel: NO WAY
MaGaLy: OHHH ii WAS CLOSE JUST KiiDDiiNG
mario: 71 I CANT BELIEVE IT!!! YOU ABSOLUTELY LOOK LIKE UR IN YOUR 50S!!!!
alexandra: wow you look younger
Ben: You look younger
Cardinal Mahony: I look younger? Must be that Oil of Olay!!!
Elizabeth: ooh haha.
alexandra: i guess so
MaGaLy: MY GRANDMA NEEDS SOME OF THAT
Alex: You don’t look 71
MaGaLy: iiF iiT REALLY WORKZ
Chris: you dont look 71 because you are really tall
Briana: maybe cause u r really tall 2!!
alexandra: how tall are you?
Cardinal Mahony: The LA Times thinks I dye my hair; if so, where is this gray coming from???
MaGaLy: MAYBE THE SHAMPOO
Elizabeth: white out
Ben: i doesn't even look like you dye
Elizabeth: were gonna be in the newspaper
mario: Y DO U USE ONE OF THOSE SMALL HATS ON YOUR HEADS LIKE THE JEWS?
Nicholas: Good question.
Cardinal Mahony: Mario--they are called zucchettos.
Alex: How tall are you?
Daniel: WHY DO U WEAR
Peter: Do you read Time?
Cardinal Mahony: Yes, I read both Time and Newsweek each week.
Peter: I like Time
Nicholas: Do you read The Economist?
Cardinal Mahony: Nich--sometimes, esp. when traveling.
mario: DO U HAVE TO USE A HUGE CANE LIKE THE BISHOP
Cardinal Mahony: Mario--that's a shepherd's staff, called a crozier.
Elizabeth: yes mario
Briana: He Doesn't Know ANYTHING< SORRY!!
Daniel: DO YOU HAVE JEWISH FRIENDS?
Cardinal Mahony: Daniel--yes, lots of them; and some good Rabbi friends as well.Cardinal Mahony: I don't know Rabbi Baron.
Daniel: THANK YOU
Ben: I have friends of all nationality
Nicholas: Do you know Rabbi Baron?
MaGaLy: HAVE YOU EVER MiiSSED CHURCH AND WATCHED iiT ON T.V?
anthony: what tv shows do you watch when you have free time
Elizabeth: are u watching the playoffs right now?Cardinal Mahony: Alex. Actually, I don't see many TV shows--I like Discovery, news.
alexandra: what’s your favorite tv show?
Daniel: SOUTH PARK
Briana: were u always catholic?
Chris: are you against Protestants
Cardinal Mahony: Chris--absolutely not! They are brothers & sisters in Christ.Moderator: The Cardinal will have to leave in just a few minutes. Any last questions?
mario: OH THANKX.
Alex: Are the exorcists real?
Elizabeth: katt williams
MaGaLy: Y? METTiiNGS HUH?
anthony: why did you want to become a cardinal?
Cardinal Mahony: Ant. I didn't want to be a cardinal; it just happened in God's providence.Cardinal Mahony: It was great being with all of you!!!
Elizabeth: what did u wanna be?
alexandra: don’t leave your cool
Nicholas: Well, Your Eminence, it a great pleasure chatting with you?
Briana: U give SOOO much, it stresses out!!
Nicholas: Slight grammatical error-there should have been a period at the end of that sentence.
mario: I KNOW UR REALLY COOL!
Elizabeth: Thanks for ur time
Ben: Well since your leaving soon i'll keep u in my prayers
alexandra: have a great day!!!
Peter: it was nice talking with you
Daniel: THANK YOU FOR CHATING IT’S BEEN AN HONOR
Briana: Thank u for ur time, it was a HUGE pleasure!!!! *;-)
anthony: have a great day.
mario: THANK YOU FOR UR TIME SO MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!
Chris: it was an honor talking to you cardinal mahony
Ben: see ya
MaGaLy: OKK BYE :]
Cardinal Mahony: I will pray for each one of you, day by day!!!
MaGaLy: NiicE WRiiTiiNG TO YOU
Nicholas: And I for you.
MaGaLy: DONT FORGET 2 GET A MYSPACE :]
Elizabeth: thank you.
Cardinal Mahony: It's been neat chatting with all of you!!Cardinal Mahony: GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Daniel: HAVE A GOOD DAY CARDINAL MAHONY
Elizabeth: see you on myspace
MaGaLy: SO WE COULD ALL TALK MORE
Briana: Same here
alexandra: talk to you some other day in the future..maybe
Nicholas: the pleasure is mine.
Chris: have a good glory day
mario: THANKX SO MUCH! I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO TALK YOU AGAIN.
Moderator: Thank you all very much for being a part of this special chat session.
Elizabeth: praise the lord
Daniel: MAY GOD BE IN YOUR DAY
MaGaLy: GOD BLESS YOU
Briana: SEE U!!! (maybe)
alexandra: Jesus is with you
mario: IM CRYING.
Alex: sad face
anthony: :( :( :( :( :(:(:(:(:(
Peter: good bye
alexandra: bye now
End of chat as of Fri May 10 10:58:37 2007 GMT
Read the transcripts from other Religious Education Congress online chats
with Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez
2017 (St Francis of Assisi, L.A.) • 2016 (St Mary Magdalen, Camarillo) • 2015 (St Finbar School, Burbank) • 2014 (St Columbkille School, L.A.) • 2013 (St Bernard School, L.A.) • 2012 (St Dorothy School, Glendora) • 2011 (St Thomas School, L.A.)
with Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles
2010 • 2010 (St John Chrysostom School, Inglewood) • 2009 • 2009 (St Elisabeth, Van Nuys) • 2008 • 2008 (Sacred Heart, Covina) • 2007 • 2007 (St Benedict, Montebello) • 2007 (St Rita, Sierra Madre) • 2006 • 2006 (Holy Innocents, Long Beach) • 2005 • 2004 • 2003 • 2001 • 2001 (St Jerome, Westchester) • 2001 (Holy Family, South Pasadena) • 2000 • 1999 • 1998 • 1997 • 1996
with Bishop Edward Clark, Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop 20 Years of Congress Chats — The first (typing) chat room was held on Friday, February 23, 1996 on CompuServe with Cardinal Roger Mahony. Ten years later, on Friday, March 31, 2006, the Cardinal's annual chat was conducted in a room hosted on ChurchWerks.com. The Cardinal participated in 22 Congress chats (both nationwide and with schools) over 14 years.
At Congress 2016, Archbishop José Gomez has continued the tradition of (now, video) chats with school students from the Archdiocese. This was his sixth Congress chat (and fourth video chat) conducted from the Tech Center, located in the center of Exhibit Hall A at the Religious Education Congress.
Beginning on CompuServe, the nationwide chats have been hosted by AOL Live! (1997-2000), Beliefnet (2001), CatholicWeb.com (2002-2003), and ChurchWerks.com (2004-2010). The school chats have been conducted on AOL (2001-2006), Yahoo (2007), Chatzy (2008-2012), Skype (2013-2014) and Google+ (2015-2016).