Skip to comments.Why Archbishop Gomez is like other Bishops Appointed by Pope Benedict
Posted on 04/08/2010 8:13:39 AM PDT by Salvation
. . . 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 CNNs list of Notable Hispanics in a web special celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
We are saddened by the circumstances that made you decide not to attend this years commencement ceremonies at the University of Notre Dame, and are writing in total support of your action and its motives. The unfortunate message sent to the nation by the universitys invitation to President Barack Obama to speak at their graduation ceremony is compounded by their decision to provide him an honorary law degree.
We understand and agree with the need to hold the office of President of the United States in high regard and with due respect. However, this action is in direct opposition to the statement published by the U.S. Bishops, "Faithful Citizenship: Civic Responsibility for a New Millennium." That document clearly states the responsibility of a Catholic institution to ". . . not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.
President Obama has made it clear that his policies on abortion and the general protection of innocent life are in dramatic opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church. At this critical time we cannot afford to send an ambiguous message to our leaders or our people.
Were sorry that the Administration of the University did not inform you in advance of their intention to invite President Obama. It is our firm conviction that Catholic Universities must work in unity with the local Bishop for the good of the people of God and the Universal Church. Were sure you recall the words of the Holy Father as he addressed American Catholic educators, that Catholic identity is a question of conviction.
We join you in prayer for President Barak Obama. It is our hope that he will enter into an honest dialogue with Church leaders that will lead him to reconsider his positions on the critical issues in defense of human life at every stage."
The letter was co-signed by Archbishop Gomez's auxiliary bishop.
Support of the Latin Mass
Archbishop Gomez warmly embraced Pope Benedict's motu proprio encouraging the celebration of the pre-Vatican II form of the Latin mass, sometimes called the "Latin Mass" or the Traditional Latin Mass, but known more accurately as the Mass of the "Extraordinary Form" or as the Holy Father calls it, "the Mass of Blessed John XXIII."
At the time, Archbishop Gomez wrote the following to his flock in San Antonio, which is posted on the archdiocesan website:
I welcome the action taken in Pope Benedict XVIs Apostolic Letter, Summorum Pontificum. I believe that it will open up great possibilities for reconciliation and unity with those who have shown great devotion to the Roman Liturgy prior to reform of 1970. I also believe this will provide Catholics with the opportunity to better understand the continuity between the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI, the order of the Mass as we ordinarily celebrate it today, and the Roman Missal promulgated by St. Pius V and published and revised again by Blessed John XXIII. It is my hope that our people will be able to more clearly see the growth and progress we have realized since Vatican II, while at the same time preserving the rich heritage and legacy of the Church.One priest who is an advocate of this form of the liturgy has written an account of what has transpired in the diocese of San Antonio, which you can read here.
I trust that we will come to better appreciation that, when we are faithful to the Roman Rite and make it a prayerful celebration of adoration and thanksgiving toGod, it will always be a source of joy and peace, regardless of the language in which we celebrate it.
I have a great love for the Mass as we ordinarily celebrate it today. It meets the mandate of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, to simplify the rites and more readily achieve the devout, active participation of the faithful. The reverent celebration of the Mass brings people to a rich appreciation of their faith and unites our parish communities in love for the Eucharist.
The 1962 Mass has been celebrated in San Antonio for many years, and has been a special blessing to the archdiocese. Let us follow the leadership of the Holy Father in the spirit of unity and reconciliation, while meeting the varied pastoral needs of the people of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
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Cool. Barber is pretty on the ball. I’ve got to check out his blog more regularly.
Nice graphic. I pray you will have many more opportunities to post it.
It was a very "strategic" decision.
Archbishop Chaput has rebuilt (or built from the ground up) a wonderful seminary in Denver. He is also blessed with many vocations to the two seminaries.
Archbishop Gomez was able to learn from Archbishop Chaput about aspects of the seminaries.
San Antonio is important (the Archdiocese of) because it also has a very large seminary.
So there are two important seminary locations west of the Mississippi -- the ones in Denver and the one (or ones) in San Antonio).
The fact that Archbishop Gomez has been the Auxillary of Denver under Chaput means they have a good working relationship.
The fact that Archbishop Gomez is a native of Mexico and a member of Opus Dei is a big plus for the work in San Antonio -- whose Catholic tradition dates before the time of the "Alamo".
**So there are two important seminary locations west of the Mississippi — the ones in Denver and the one (or ones) in San Antonio). **
You are forgetting other seminaries in the west. Los Angeles has one. Oregon has one. Mount Angel in Oregon is only 25 minutes away from me. They have added onto their campus during the last five years and now have totals of around 100-110 seminarians at a time. Many are from Pacific nations and go back there after their ordinations.
Also — I strongly believe that one of the reasons that Archbishop Gomez is being sent to Los Angeles is to build up the seminaries there. Yes, he may have to clean them out first, but one of the Gomez threads listed the number of priests both diocesan and religious — and the number seemed to me to be too small for the large amount of Catholic in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Our seminary up here gets seminarians from California, too, BTW.
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