Skip to comments.Historic Appointment to LA Archdiocese (more details)
Posted on 04/06/2010 8:29:16 AM PDT by NYer
Full feed to come, but suffice it to say, it's official... and historic -- in this pontificate's most significant move to date for the Stateside church, the Holy See has announced Pope Benedict's appointment of Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio as coadjutor-archbishop of Los Angeles, the nation's largest diocese.
Here, the LA chancery's release:
As Coadjutor, Archbishop Gomez, 58, will automatically become head of the three-county Archdiocese of Los Angeles upon Cardinal Roger Mahonys retirement at age 75 on February, 27, 2011. A Mass of Reception for Archbishop Gomez is scheduled for May 26.-30-
Cardinal Roger Mahony will introduce Archbishop Gomez today, Tuesday, April 6 at a 10 a.m. press conference inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Officially credentialed members of the media are invited to attend the press conference.
I welcome Archbishop Gomez to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with enthusiasm and personal excitement, said Cardinal Mahony. The Auxiliary Bishops and I are looking forward to working closely with him over the coming months until he becomes the Archbishop early in 2011.
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, and spending his early priesthood in Texas, Archbishop Gomez will become the first Hispanic Archbishop of Los Angeles. When he succeeds Cardinal Mahony in 2011, Archbishop Gomez will head the largest Catholic Archdiocese in the United States, with more than five million members, 70 percent of them Hispanic.
Im very grateful to the Holy Father for giving me this opportunity to serve the Church with a mentor and leader like Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Gomez said. Im grateful to the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, for supporting the Holy Fathers confidence in me. I will try with all my strength to earn that trust.
Note the total absence of a crucifix! Not even the processional cross bears the likeness of the crucified Lord. And check out the expressions on the Eastern Rite bishops -"shock and awe".
This is my sole beef with Roman Catholicism: They want me to roll over and allow my country to devolve into a 3rd world ghetto republic, for humanitarian reasons.
I stand against that concept.
What is your understanding of the Catholic Church's position on immigration? What are your sources?
Holy Liturgical Trivialization, Batman!
Wow ... just ... ... ... wow.
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)
There are answers to your question on the other links that I just posted. Also sockmonkey can give you more details.
I don't know that the USCCB is synonymous with the Catholic Church, but it is the division which most directly effects US policy. In June of 2009 the USCCB, through a statement from Cardinal Francis George, urged President Bush to enact comprehensive Immigration reform, ie. Amnesty. In fact the Justice for Immigrants committee of the USCCB generally takes the most radical approach to immigration reform possible, as is obvious from just skimming over it's website and archives.
The current head RC guy in the L.A. area has been a vocal proponent of illegal immigration to this country. The RC leadership stands opposed to our laws regarding immigration. This is not new news; it’s been going on for quite a while.
Gomez, though not widely quoted on this part of his immigration stance, always supports government's laws on immigration be followed to maintain order. Yes, he does say that there should be compassion for families who are affected by deportations when not all family members are legal, but he fully supports the rights of the Government to enact and enforce immigration law
I am RC, and he is my Archbishop in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. He also is very public in his stance on issues such as Terry Schiavo's murder, Catholic Politicians who support abortion, and gay marriage.
This could be a win-win. Obviously Bishop Jose Gomez’s Hispanic heritage will be a big hit in LA. And according to everything I have read about him, he is quite conservative and is a member of Opus Dei, which is of course, the subject of many left wing conspiracy theories. I am sure he will be much more conservative than one he is replacing.
It is always best to know the facts.
Ping to #12
He going be against that too be honest NYer going be crazy LOL!
Think about it what Roger Maheoney doing for last 30 years promote that cover up child abuse in LA Archdisosie
From a comment on a blog in the San Antonio Archdiocese:
Having attended Good Friday Service at San Fernando before the evening Tenebrae at Atonement, I can tell you that the Liturgy was reverent with the Archbishop laying on the floor before the altar and kissing the ground.
Wow! Did you watch the video posted above? This is what he will be up against beginning shortly after his installation. Just as you can't turn an oceanliner around too quickly, so it will be with this archdiocese. It will begin with proper catechesis in the faith. May our Lord bless him on this new journey!
I get the Tidings (LA diocese newspaper) and it is unfailingly friendly with the Aztlan crowd, it is written with only Mexican/S.American immigrants in mind. It hardly mentions Mahony’s legal obstructions and the huge $ guilt payouts.
I’m RCC and ashamed to say that this is the WORST run American diocese (and the nation’s biggest). I’m not happy about this turn of events, I wish Mahony had left in a perp walk. There was no crackdown. It’s a travesty of justice.
I love my Church and want what’s BEST for it. But I’m tired of trying to defend the indefensible. I’ll pray for this new guy, but I’m not confident. He just may continue the “sanction” policies of that degenerate Mahony. I’ll be watching.
Here UK Telegraph version of the story apparently Pope getting last laugh LOL!