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Report: Gomez is going to L.A.
The Sacred Page ^ | Monday, April 05, 2010 | Michael Barber

Posted on 04/05/2010 10:42:57 PM PDT by Salvation

Monday, April 05, 2010

Report: Gomez is going to L.A.

Earlier today, the inimitable Kevin Knight, who runs the encyclopedic site, www.NewAdvent.org, ran a report that Archbishop José Goméz will be named the successor of Cardinal Mahony as the new bishop of Los Angeles tomorrow. Indeed, since then a press conference has been scheduled at the Cathedral in Los Angeles for 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Rocco seems to agree that it will be Archbishop Goméz who gets the nod.

I posted a great deal of information on him and some videos featuring the good archbishop while I was speculating about who the new archbishop of Los Angeles would be. I'm reproducing that section of the post below for those curious about the new appointee.

Archbishop José Goméz (San Antonio)

Helpful sources:
--Archbishop Goméz's page at the Diocese of San Antonio's website.
--Catholic-Hierarchy.org
--Wikipedia
--Pastoral Letter, You Will Be My Witnesses

Archbishop Goméz was born in Mexico. He is one of five children--the only boy. He earned a degree in business and philosophy in 1975 at the National University in Mexico. He went on to the University of Navarre in Rome and graduated in 1978 with a degree in Theology. That same year he was ordained as a priest in the Prelature of Opus Dei. He eventually earned a doctorate in Theology in Spain at the University of Navarre.

For twelve years (1987-1999) he served as a priest at a parish in San Antonio. During these years Archbishop Goméz emerged as a highly regarded national leader among Hispanic priests in the US. He has served as regional representative, president and executive director of the Association of Hispanic Priests.

After serving as a priest in San Antonio, Archbishop Goméz worked in the Diocese of Denver. He was made an auxiliary bishop of Archbishop Chaput in 2001. There he helped to establish Denver’s Centro San Juan Diego for Family and Pastoral Care, which provides care to immigrants in the community as well as formation for lay leaders. While in Denver he also served as Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception as well as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Denver.

In 2004, the then Bishop Goméz was appointed head of the archdiocese of San Antonio. In fact, his ties to the archdiocese long pre-date his earlier ministry there. His mother was apparently raised there and his maternal grandparents were married in the city.

Like Bishop Soto, Archbishop Goméz's work has been widely celebrated and he is recognized as one of the rising stars of the Hispanic hierarchy. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious "El Buen Pastor" award. In 2005 he appeared on Time Magazine’s list of the 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States. The article about him stated:
. . . Gomez is a natural conciliator admired for uniting rich and poor and Anglo and Hispanic Catholics behind Denver's Centro Juan Diego, a hybrid Latino religious-instruction and social-services center hailed as a national model.
In 2007 he was also featured on CNN’s list of “Notable Hispanics” in a web special celebrating “Hispanic Heritage Month”.

He has also served on the board of directors of the National Catholic Council of Hispanic Ministry as well as on the steering committee for Encuentro 2000, which commemorated the Jubilee Year of 2000. The event took place in Los Angeles and was sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Archbishop Goméz has also been very much involved in priestly formation and in building community among priests. He has written a book on the spiritual formation of priests, entitled, Men of Brave Heart: The Virtue of Courage in the Priestly Life (Our Sunday Visitor, 2009). He was instrumental in the founding of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Mexico in 2000, a seminary which trains priests who serve in the United States. He has served on the United States Council of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) committees for priestly formation and priestly affairs. In fact, Archbishop Goméz serves on a number of distinguished committees. His own site lists the following:

• Chair: Ad Hoc Committee on the Spanish Language Bible for the Church in America (USCCB), 2003 ‐
• Chair: Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church (USCCB), 2008 ‐
• Member: Committee on Doctrine (USCCB), 2003‐
• Member: Committee on Catechesis (USCCB), 2005 ‐
• Member: Subcommittee on Hispanics and the Liturgy (USCCB), 2005 ‐
• Board Member: Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
• Board Member: Mexican American Cultural Center
• Board Member: ENDOW – Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women
• Board of Trustees: The Catholic University of America
• Board of Trustees: San Fernando Cathedral Historical Centre Foundation
• Director: The John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation
• Episcopal Moderator: National Association of Hispanic Priests
• Episcopal Moderator: National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana
• Spiritual Advisor: Catholic Life Insurance
• Founding Member: Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L.)

Note that at the top of the list is his role as Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Spanish Language Bible for the Church in America. This is an especially important post. Archbishop Goméz is deeply committed to helping Spanish speaking Catholics read the Bible. In fact, he reads the Spanish reflections on the Sunday Readings produced the St. Paul Center each week. For more, go here. These are excellent.

This sort of thing is not unusual for the good prelate. Last year he also headed up the effort to bring a teaching segment to the local population on AM radio.

The Bishop made national headlines last year when he expressed disappointment over the fact that a Catholic college in his diocese, St. Mary's University invited Hilary Clinton to speak. Bishop Gomez insisted, "“Our Catholic institutions must promote the clear understanding of our deep moral convictions on an issue like abortion, an act that the Church calls ‘an unspeakable crime’ and a non-negotiable issue" (source). In addition, go here to see a TV news report, with excerpts from an interview with the bishop.

I might also mention that I personally met Archbishop Goméz last year at a conference I was invited to speak at in San Antonio (I have never met the other bishops I write about here). I was especially struck by his warmth. I thoroughly enjoyed a homily he gave at the conference as well as his keynote address at the Saturday night dinner. He's a great bishop and his flock loves him.

Here is a link to a video of the Archbishop (which I cannot embed here) speaking about the Sacraments as something more than merely a cultural expression. In addition, take a look at this video in which he speaks about immigration--though once again I must add that the video does not fully explain the Archbishop's views (i.e., he believes that illegal immigrants should face penalties, though he urges that since deporation breaks up families, those who break immigration laws should be punished in some other way).



VIDEO at the site


I also like this short little clip of the beginning of a talk he gave to a Catholic women's conference:



VIDEO at the site


The talk apparently went well--it led this woman to want to do Bible study:



VIDEO at the site


Finally, there is this video he did on the special offering for the Church in Latin America as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America:

VIDEO at the site



TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; History; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; losangeles
It was Michael Barber who made this predicition a long time ago.....Check out # 1 link below.
1 posted on 04/05/2010 10:42:57 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...
Report: Gomez is going to L.A.

It's Official: New Archbishop [Gomez} for Los Angeles
El Tiempo Ha Venido -- Reports: (Archbishop) Gomez Up to LA (Catholic Caucus)
[To replace Cardinal Mahony] Vatican rumor: an American prelate in play?
Los Angeles Getting a New Archbishop (Part 1)
Los Angeles Getting a New Archbishop (Part 2)

2 posted on 04/05/2010 10:46:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Praise be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar!

This dark night is about to break into dawn. May Our Lord forgive my heart-felt conviction that Cardinal Mahoney has been to the Church in America what Alger Hiss was to the Republic.

Yet another legacy of our most excellent and Godly Holy Father.
3 posted on 04/05/2010 10:51:49 PM PDT by jobim
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To: jobim

Yes, and pray for him! The LA Times is going to hit Gomez hard, just like the NYSlimes did with Archbishop Dolan!


4 posted on 04/05/2010 10:54:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

My humble prayers are for you, Archbishop José Goméz.

You’re an answer to mine.


5 posted on 04/05/2010 10:56:20 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: Salvation

The wailing of gnashing of teeth has already started in SA.
We don’t want Archbishop Gomez to leave us.

On March 20th, he ordained our newest Priest under the Pastoral Provision. He invited Mother Angelica’s Poor Clare Nuns to open a foundation in San Antonio, and they accepted, and are here in San Antonio now.

He’s much beloved, and we’ve only had him here for five short years.


6 posted on 04/05/2010 10:57:35 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey

I hear the hurt in your post. Hopefully Pope Benedict will give you another loving Archbishop to replace Archbishop Gomez.


7 posted on 04/05/2010 11:01:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I wish the new bishop well, but I am a little uncomfortable that this article makes him appear a “hispanic” first and a Catholic maybe third or fourth.


8 posted on 04/05/2010 11:08:33 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: jobim

“This dark night is about to break into dawn.”

Maybe someday it will be the turn of poor, bleeding Idaho-God-Help-Us to receive a faithful bishop. Right now I’d settle for a faithful priest.


9 posted on 04/05/2010 11:11:50 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: dsc; sockmonkey

Read the Part One and Part Two links above. In the part one, Michael Barber explored Hispanic possibilities for the Archdioces of Los Angeles. In Part two is looked at Bishop Olmstead of Phoenix.

That may be why you detect a Hispanic slant.

Then, think of LA — what do the Catholic Church have there now? Hispanics — a multitude of them — not to belittle the numbers of other Catholics.

I think Archbishop Gomez will bring many Catholics from the LA area back to the church — Did you read sockmonkey’s post above about the sadness in San Antonio diocese?


10 posted on 04/05/2010 11:18:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sockmonkey

Check out this first hand opinion of Archbishop Gomez from another thread. Thanks, sockmonkey!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2441187/posts?page=41#41


11 posted on 04/06/2010 12:12:33 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Good news ping!


12 posted on 04/06/2010 3:27:11 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Salvation
Just heard on Fox and FRiends that Fr Phalger will be receiving a life time achievement award from the Chicago Diocese.

I just don't understand, haven't they listened to him when he mocks people.

Perhaps we need someone in Chicago who is as courageous at B16.

13 posted on 04/06/2010 3:30:10 AM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Salvation

Where does the Archbishop fall on immigration?

Does he tend to believe there are no restrictions on immigration?

Or does he, as the church teaches, believe a people have a right to limit immigration if it threatens to destroy their society?


14 posted on 04/06/2010 3:36:11 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Salvation

Best wishes to Archbishop Gomez and the Catholics of the L.A. Archdiocese.

And to San Antonio, of course.


15 posted on 04/06/2010 4:40:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: dsc

It’s like the sugar coating on medicine. It will get him into liberal L.A. with less rancor than, say, Chaput (his former boss) would face.


16 posted on 04/06/2010 4:43:20 AM PDT by cmj328 (Got ruthless?)
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To: Salvation
After serving as a priest in San Antonio, Archbishop Goméz worked in the Diocese of Denver. He was made an auxiliary bishop of Archbishop Chaput in 2001.

One of Chaput's. This could get interesting.

17 posted on 04/06/2010 5:18:24 AM PDT by Desdemona
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To: Brugmansian
deportation breaks up families

A non-argument that is easily solved - just deport the entire family.

18 posted on 04/06/2010 6:18:35 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: Salvation

This is GREAT news for the Diocese of Phoenix.


19 posted on 04/06/2010 7:28:06 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress." - Mark Twain)
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To: Jeff Chandler

You are losing Bishop Olmstead, right?


20 posted on 04/06/2010 9:13:27 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Brugmansian; sockmonkey

Calling someone from San Antonion to answer your question.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2487410/posts?page=14#14


21 posted on 04/06/2010 9:14:26 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Desdemona; sockmonkey

**This could get interesting. **

Yes, it will be very interesting to watch.

In some cases, we will think that the new Archbishop is not moving quickly enough.

And then, when looking at the entire set of problems in the L. A. Archdiocese, it will take years to remedy them. It will be s slow process.

However, I am heartened by sockmonkey’s comments on another thread Bishop Gomez works quietly and sometimes people don’t even realize the changes are happening.

We, here, at FR will surely think it is worth keeping up with!


22 posted on 04/06/2010 9:25:08 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Thanks! I get weary of those who think the church has one position on this. It is left up to individual conscious.


23 posted on 04/06/2010 9:26:54 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Salvation
I wonder how he'll interact with Hollywood?

As a Denverite, I only ran into +Gomez a few times. He struck me as subdued and soft-spoken, but he sure projected presence.

24 posted on 04/06/2010 9:28:44 AM PDT by Dumb_Ox (http://twitter.com/kevinjjones)
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To: Dumb_Ox

I think that he will keep the church there as it is — some people are worried about it. I guess it is quite beautiful.

In a couple of the other threads — there is a reference to the restoration of churches in San Antonion.

Good vibes, in my estimation.


25 posted on 04/06/2010 9:48:23 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Not that I know of. He was supposed on the short list for L.A.


26 posted on 04/06/2010 11:11:38 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress." - Mark Twain)
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To: Salvation

“Did you read sockmonkey’s post above about the sadness in San Antonio diocese?”

Yes, but since I know nothing of the San Antonion diocese, I have no way of placing that in context.


27 posted on 04/07/2010 4:45:53 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Salvation

Illegal immigration breaks up families. Deportation reunites them, in Mexico, where they belong.


28 posted on 04/07/2010 11:37:14 AM PDT by dangus
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