Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Future Archbishop of Los Angeles

From the Los Angeles Times this morning: Mexico-born archbishop to lead Los Angeles Catholics

An excerpt:

Jose Gomez, who has been tapped to take over the archdiocese of Los Angeles, has risen rapidly through the Catholic church and earned a national reputation.

In replacing Cardinal Roger Mahony, Gomez, 58, would instantly become the most prominent Latino bishop in the United States, leading an archdiocese that is by far the nation’s largest and is dominated by parishioners with roots in his native Mexico.

If his personal history is any guide, he also could be expected to guide the Los Angeles church along a more traditional -- some would say conservative -- path than Mahony...

Mahony reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75 for bishops next February.

“I welcome Archbishop Gomez to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with enthusiasm and personal excitement,” Mahony said in a statement. “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.”

Quoting another source, the LA Times notes of Gomez: "Gomez is a former member of Opus Dei...He built a reputation in San Antonio as a staunch traditionalist who reversed some of the more liberal-leaning initiatives of his predecessor.

See also Catholic News Agency.

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