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Condescending editorial, mean-spirited column greet Archbishop Gomez in Los Angeles

Catholic World News - April 07, 2010

In its editorial on Archbishop José Gomez’s appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times says it would be “comforting” if the archbishop does not call upon pro-abortion politicians to refrain from receiving Holy Communion.

“One question is whether this appointment signals a more confrontational style of leadership,” the editorial states. “For example, [Cardinal Roger] Mahony has refrained from joining some conservative bishops in calling on pro-choice Catholic politicians not to take Holy Communion. It would be comforting if Gomez emulated his predecessor's circumspection.”

Accompanying the editorial were two critical op-ed columns, one of them particularly mean spirited.

“By the way, Archbishop, I'd like to hear more about your history with Opus Dei, the conservative element in the church that believes in, among other things, mortification of the flesh,” writes Steve Lopez. “I'm no theologian, but if self-inflicted pain extends to denial of normal physical urges, couldn't that practice -- and celibacy itself -- be one cause of so much twisted sexuality and abuse over the last several hundred years or so?”

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  • Posted by: JR - Apr. 08, 2010 12:09 AM ET USA

    The light approaches, the bugs race for the shadows.

  • Posted by: FrPhillips1125 - Apr. 07, 2010 6:38 PM ET USA

    San Antonio has provided the archbishop with an excellent "dress rehearsal" for his main event in Los Angeles. Although S.A. is on a much smaller scale, it has given him an opportunity to work through many of the same issues which will greet him on the west coast, including snarky reporters and clergy who consider themselves superior to him. Archbishop Gomez has shown himself to be more than capable of being a great leader in San Antonio. He's just what LA needs.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 07, 2010 5:51 PM ET USA

    I wouldn't worry too much, it's the LA Times we're talking about (the next best thing to the NY Times).....

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 07, 2010 3:09 PM ET USA

    If these are your enemies, you don't need any friends.

  • Posted by: Skip - Apr. 07, 2010 11:11 AM ET USA

    This blatant and bold criticism (and evil) is really a good sign. The dissenters are squirming even before things get rolling. The good bishop will need much support and prayers. Let us pray for him!

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