Cardinal Mahony's blog now and then for amusement. And now we know he never decided to vote for Cardinal Bergoglio. The Holy Spirit made him do it:
I picked up my pen to write, and I began. However, my hand was being moved by some greater spiritual force. The name on the ballot just happened. I had not yet narrowed my thinking down to one name; but it was done for me.
I wrote it, then trembled deeply. That's when I knew the Holy Spirit was fully working within the Church of Jesus Christ, and that my role was not to "select" the new Successor to Peter, but to "write down" his name--a name that had been given to me.All I can say is, "Oh please, Cardinal, don't make yourself ridiculous." If what he says is true, it is more associated with the occult than the Holy Spirit. Read about "automatic writing" here. Mahony's description links him to fake mystics like Vassula Ryden who claims to be God's stenographer with her hand guided by her guardian angel "Daniel," Jesus, and sometimes Yahweh. God does not work by casting spells over people and making their pens move automatically. If such a thing really happened, it makes me wonder who exactly was Mahony's spirit guide during the conclave.
After all the devastation he's inflicted on the Church in the United States, Cardinal Mahony should withdraw into dignified silence. Let's pray he does instead of publishing nonsense that makes him sound more like a rogue wizard from a Harry Potter novel rather than a prince of the Church.