Hat Tip to California Catholic Daily.
Should "he be allowed to stay on five more years so he can see the completion of the diocese’s new multi-million-dollar Cathedral of Christ Our Savior in Santa Ana?"
Published: May 18, 2010
5 more years for Bishop Brown?
Alternative weekly reports leader of Orange diocese wants to stay on past his 75th birthday
Orange diocesan Bishop Tod Brown has asked the Vatican to allow him to serve five more years beyond the mandatory canonical retirement age of 75, the alternative newspaper OC Weekly reports.
Bishop Brown turns 75 on Nov. 11, 2011, but, according to OC Weekly, he was written a letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking that he be allowed to stay on five more years so he can see the completion of the diocese’s new multi-million-dollar Cathedral of Christ Our Savior in Santa Ana.
“Sources tell the Weekly that [Bishop Brown] has already written a letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking that his mandatory retirement be delayed five more years, a letter already in the possession of the U.S.'s apostolic nuncio, Pietro Sambi,” wrote Gustavo Arellano in his OC Weekly blog NavelGazing. “God knows what excuses His Excellency gave His Holiness, but insiders at Marywood say [Bishop Brown] desperately wants to build a new cathedral up the street from South Coast Plaza, a project for which he already bought a million-dollar home to replace his current eleven-room, two-story abode. He thinks that the proposed Christ Our Savior Cathedral will be his lasting legacy to the Orange diocese…”
Arellano, a longtime critic of Brown in his columns, has broken numerous stories critical of the bishop over the years that proved to be accurate. In a telephone interview with California Catholic Daily, Arellano said his well-placed sources “have never guided me wrong,” and vouched for the accuracy of his item about the bishop seeking to serve five years beyond his canonical retirement age.
In 2004, OC Weekly reported that “the Diocese of Orange is aggressively moving forward on plans to build a multimillion-dollar cathedral.” In an update, the alternative weekly said, “Now sources say the diocese is negotiating with Brea-based Shea Homes for a new multimillion-dollar home near the proposed cathedral site. The home's first occupant: Bishop Tod D. Brown.”
“The residence is one of 156 homes under construction at the Armstrong Ranch, a gated community in Santa Ana's South Coast Metro, near the 90-acre property where Christ Our Savior Cathedral will stand,” reported OC Weekly. “Brochures for Armstrong Ranch show that the humblest housing option -- what Shea Homes refers to as its ‘Flotman Residence’ -- includes two stories, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, a breakfast nook, an office, a butler's pantry, and a three-car garage. Starting price: $1.1 million. Armstrong Ranch sales representatives aren't shy about the connection. One bragged to a Weekly researcher that the bishop is already in escrow.”
The Los Angeles Times also reported in 2004 that the planned new cathedral would seat 2,650. “Though an architect hasn't been selected, plans submitted to Santa Ana city officials give a rough outline of the project, which includes 100,000 square feet of building space,” reported the Times. “Under the cathedral would be a 45,000-square-foot undercroft designed to house crypts. A 30,000-square-foot parish hall is planned next to the cathedral, along with a 24,000-square-foot building for offices and residences.”
Although not explicitly saying so, the website of the diocese’s current cathedral, Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, makes note of its impending fate: “The day will come when Holy Family Cathedral will no longer be THE cathedral for the Diocese of Orange, but we will continue to have a vibrant and faith filled community.”
He wants to leave a legacy..... Who is he emulating?????
Cardinal Mahony and his Protestant barn?!
Bishop Cummins and his "Cathedral" in Oakland?