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Pope Names Latino Leader For L.A. Archdiocese [Member of Conservative Opus Dei Movement]
MSNBC ^ | April 06, 2010 | Nicole Windfield

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 area’s 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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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events
KEYWORDS: archbishopgomez; ca; california; losangeles; sanantonio; texas; tx

1 posted on 04/06/2010 10:51:08 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

This fits in nicely with the Catholic Church’s push for more members.. uh, I mean amnesty for illegal aliens.


2 posted on 04/06/2010 10:53:40 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: historyrepeatz

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.


3 posted on 04/06/2010 10:57:38 AM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Mr. Dan Brown, call on the white courtesy phone in the lobby.....


4 posted on 04/06/2010 11:04:00 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: texmexis best
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.

5 posted on 04/06/2010 11:14:22 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Steelfish

Why should we concerned about “broken families” if the illegals aren’t?


6 posted on 04/06/2010 11:15:59 AM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Steelfish
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.

Bishops who are going to be "kept on" don't have coadjutors appointed for them.

7 posted on 04/06/2010 11:21:41 AM PDT by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed imposter")
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To: sockmonkey

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”.

Awful.


8 posted on 04/06/2010 11:29:36 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: Steelfish
For openers, I did read Davinci Code and liked it a lot. Too bad Brown and a dozen others have rewritten it or tried to do a sequel, or made a bad movie about treasure maps on the Declaration of Independence, or whatever.

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.

9 posted on 04/06/2010 11:43:47 AM PDT by norton
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To: historyrepeatz

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.


10 posted on 04/06/2010 11:52:18 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480; historyrepeatz

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.


11 posted on 04/06/2010 12:19:53 PM PDT by constitutiongirl ("Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."---Leo Tolstoy)
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To: sockmonkey

I agree with him. I thought Brown’s book sucked.


12 posted on 04/06/2010 12:23:44 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: vladimir998; sockmonkey

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.


13 posted on 04/06/2010 12:52:09 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: NYer; narses; Salvation

catholic ping.


14 posted on 04/06/2010 1:45:36 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

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15 posted on 04/06/2010 1:48:33 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: historyrepeatz
This fits in nicely with the Catholic Church’s push for more members..

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.

16 posted on 04/06/2010 2:38:41 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey

I admit, I liked Archbishop Flores - he got my husband to pray the Rosary - but I’m glad times have changed, too.


17 posted on 04/06/2010 2:46:19 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: Steelfish
Lots of details about Archbishop Gomez in the bolded links below:

Pope Names Latino Leader For L.A. Archdiocese [Member of Conservative Opus Dei Movement]
Historic Appointment to LA Archdiocese
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)

18 posted on 04/06/2010 5:54:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sockmonkey

Not to mention the plot was pretty much a rip off of a lot of older novels.


19 posted on 04/06/2010 6:32:56 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Tax-chick

“I liked Archbishop Flores - he got my husband to pray the Rosary -”

Impressive. How did the Archbishop do that?


20 posted on 04/06/2010 8:26:05 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Pyro7480
Good grief, what sadist makes his employees read The DaVinci Code?
21 posted on 04/06/2010 10:50:56 PM PDT by Jake from AZ
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To: Jake from AZ

I was working on an anti-DaVinci Code campaign, so I had to read it as part of the opposition research. ;-)


22 posted on 04/06/2010 10:53:06 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Sun

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.


23 posted on 04/07/2010 4:32:16 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: Pyro7480

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.


24 posted on 04/07/2010 11:34:24 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Tax-chick

Thank you. I’m so glad for your husband.


25 posted on 04/07/2010 7:46:35 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun

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.


26 posted on 04/08/2010 2:29:49 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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