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Sunday, April 11, 2010
Archbishop Gomez named to Los Angeles Archdiocese

What does this news mean for the Traditional Latin Mass Movement in Los Angeles? Surely this is a step up. I especially welcome comments from those in the state of California on this matter.

LOS ANGELES, APRIL 11, 2010 ( The archbishop of San Antonio has been named the coadjutor of Los Angeles, one of the largest archdioceses in the world.

Archbishop José Gómez, 58, was appointed to the California archdiocese last Tuesday.

He will assist Cardinal Roger Mahony, 74, until the cardinal retires.

José Gómez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1951. He was ordained a priest for Opus Dei in 1978. He has been serving in the episcopate for nearly a decade, having been named auxiliary bishop of Denver in 2001, and then the archbishop of San Antonio in 2004.

He has a well-established history of advocacy for Hispanic Catholics. The year he was installed as archbishop of San Antonio, he was named one of Time Magazine's 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and in 2007 he was on a CNN list of "Notable Hispanics."

In Los Angeles, Archbishop Gómez will lead more than 4.3 million Catholics (according to 2005 statistics), served by 530 diocesan priests, 640 religious priests and 1,710 religious sisters. The archdiocese has a significant Hispanic population.


del_button April 12, 2010 at 6:00 AM
Thom Nickels said...

One of his first duties, I hope, would be to renovate that modern bulk of a secular cathedral, Our Lady of the Angels. Transforming the "Taj Mahoney" into an authentic sacred space would be a great first step.

del_button April 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM
Patrick said...

I'm divided on him. I think as an Opus Dei, he'll be good at enforcing the book, and as a Mexican, straighten out the Hispanic communities who tend to adhere to and incorporate superstitions into their faith.

But I've also had bad experiences with Opus Dei... I'm worried he'll be too much of a traditionalist and obsess over the little nitty-gritties, turn into a bean counter, ya know?

del_button April 20, 2010 at 2:00 AM
StarbucksMom... said...

Very optimistic!!! Hoping to see a crackdown on liturgical abuses we have to suffer with weekly.
Hoping for wider acceptance and embracing of The Extraordinary form.

del_button October 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM
future Cardinal NH said...

Thank you who ever you are for putting in those rules
I myself are a very spiritual catholic and I have seen how
people trash catholic websites with terrible things
I actually want to eventually become cardinal
( Archbishop of Durban to be precise)
And so I have been following many of the archbishops
And cardinals for some time now ( including the Holy Father
of course)

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