Skip to comments.Pope Names Latino Leader For L.A. Archdiocese [Member of Conservative Opus Dei Movement]
Posted on 04/06/2010 10:51:08 AM PDT by Steelfish
Pope Names Latino Leader For L.A. Archdiocese More than 70 percent of the areas 5 million Catholics are Hispanic
By NICOLE WINFIELD
VATICAN CITY - The pope on Tuesday named Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, Texas, to take over the Los Angeles archdiocese when its current archbishop retires, putting him in line to become the highest-ranking Latino in the American Catholic hierarchy.
The appointment of the Mexican-born Gomez as coadjutor for Los Angeles also will likely make him the country's first Latino cardinal. Gomez, 58, is an archbishop of San Antonio and member of Opus Dei, the conservative movement which enjoys favor at the Vatican.
Cardinal Roger Mahony, who has been dogged by the clergy abuse scandal during his quarter-century tenure in Los Angeles, turns 75 in February. Under church rules, bishops submit their resignation at age 75.
Pope Benedict XVI can decide whether to keep him on the job longer. But the appointment of Gomez as coadjutor indicates Benedict wants a smooth transition to a new leader for the nation's largest diocese.
Gomez will have to oversee the fallout from the abuse scandal that came to light during Mahony's tenure.
In 2007, Mahony agreed to a record-setting $660 million settlement with more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse.
A federal grand jury is also investigating how the Archdiocese of Los Angeles handled claims of abuse, and has subpoenaed several witnesses, including a former Los Angeles priest convicted of child molestation and a monsignor who served as vicar for clergy under Mahony.
Mahony's attorney has said the cardinal, the longest-serving U.S. cardinal since the Second Vatican Council, is not a target of the investigation.
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This fits in nicely with the Catholic Church’s push for more members.. uh, I mean amnesty for illegal aliens.
I’m not so sure. He is on record as saying he wants immigration law enforced but wants to make sure that families are not broken up. Perhaps, you could say he wants it both ways.
Mr. Dan Brown, call on the white courtesy phone in the lobby.....
LOL, Archbishop Gomez said in an interview, he actually tried to read The DaVinci Code to see what the fuss was about, but it was so boring, he couldn't.
Why should we concerned about “broken families” if the illegals aren’t?
Bishops who are going to be "kept on" don't have coadjutors appointed for them.
DaVinci Code...yuck. Halfway through I put it down and tried to remember any fiction that I had read that was as bad as that novel. I came up with only one: Tom Swift on Spindrift Island.
Basically it amounts to “Wheel of Fortune Meets Tom Siwft”.
That said, the thought of a conservative archbishop for Los Angeles almost gives me hope. The activist, liberal, amnesty pimp, weenie in the job today deserved to be fired a decade or more past.
("Weenie" because I wouldn't feel right using more accurate language.)
Gomez will have a lot more than child abuse issues to work on, he'll have his job cut out for him.
Actually, it isn’t a given that the illegals who are given amnesty will be Catholic. A lot of them end up in Pentecostal churches, a phenomenon I have personally witnessed here in Northern Virginia.
I don’t know if it’s only in Virginia (I’m in Richmond), but I am hispanic and there are alot of small Spanish-speaking Pentecostal store-front type churches. Just in knowing the community here, I’d daresay there are tons more attending the small churches. This topic comes up alot in the bodegas and at the soccer fields. Those little churches are like tiny illegal hotbeds.
I agree with him. I thought Brown’s book sucked.
I had to read that book for my last job in 2006, and I couldn’t take it seriously after he made a simple historical error that I picked up on.
I know you are just being snarky, so I shouldn't even reply, but Archbishop Gomez has been very open, and helpful to the Converts from the Episcopalian/Anglican Church who wish to corporately cross the Tiber.
There are some of those Parishes in the LA Archdiocese. They wanted to become Catholics as a Parish, but Mahony would not allow it as it wasn't "ecumenical". I hope that Archbishop Gomez will be more amenable to those wishing to join via that Pastoral Provision process.
I admit, I liked Archbishop Flores - he got my husband to pray the Rosary - but I’m glad times have changed, too.
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Not to mention the plot was pretty much a rip off of a lot of older novels.
“I liked Archbishop Flores - he got my husband to pray the Rosary -”
Impressive. How did the Archbishop do that?
I was working on an anti-DaVinci Code campaign, so I had to read it as part of the opposition research. ;-)
We met the Archbishop at the Rite of Election when we were in RCIA - he particularly greeted each Catechumen personally. Soon afterward, Abp. Flores wrote an article about the Rosary’s Biblical sources for the Catholic newspaper. It was the first time my husband had seen the information, and he said it seemed like the Archbishop was specifically address the misunderstandings he had about the Rosary.
I remember reading... and citing on FR... a poll which found that only 38% of Hispanics residing in the U.S. were Catholics, compared to 24% of the general population.
Thank you. I’m so glad for your husband.
You’re welcome. It might not seem like much, but it really upset me that he wouldn’t say a Rosary with me on an occasion, not even when one of our children was sick or a loved one died. I was very grateful to Abp. Flores.