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Archbishop Gómez to succeed Cardinal Mahony in Los Angeles

April 06, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop José Gómez of San Antonio as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles. Born in Mexico in 1951 and ordained a priest of Opus Dei in 1978, Archbishop Gómez was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Denver in 2001 and Archbishop of San Antonio in 2004.

Archbishop Gómez will become Archbishop of Los Angeles upon the retirement of 74-year-old Cardinal Roger Mahony, who has led the United States' largest diocese since 1985.


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  • Posted by: - Apr. 07, 2010 12:01 PM ET USA

    Thank you, Holy Father for returning the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: MesaConsultant2395 - Apr. 07, 2010 3:20 AM ET USA

    If it pleases God, and surely hope it will, I hope Archbishop Gomez spends much of the next year retaking St. John's Seminary. If he can take control the seminary, he can ultimately recapture the Church in Los Angeles for Jesus Christ. Let us all pray he will, and that he succeeds.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2010 10:44 PM ET USA

    Is there any way that Cardinal Mahony can take his cathedral with him, and we'll just start over with a vacant lot?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2010 9:13 PM ET USA

    He is going to need everyone's prayers. He will need the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to be able to deal with the issues he will be facing, and the patience of Job.

  • Posted by: ColmCille - Apr. 06, 2010 7:51 PM ET USA

    Let us pray for Cardinal Mahoney, also. Those who have strayed from the truth need prayers and reparation even more than the righteous. Let us hate sin, but love the sinner; and remember with humility that we too are sinners, no better than anyone, only God's grace keeping us from descending into depravity. Whatever the Cardinal's failings, he is still our spiritual father and Christ's anointed, and his salvation may be in danger. If we love him as Christ does, we should desire heaven for him.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2010 7:37 PM ET USA

    Opus Dei! Looking for good things from Archbishop Gomez. Thanks, Pope Benedict XVI.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Apr. 06, 2010 6:59 PM ET USA

    I have known Abp Gomez since he moved to San Antonio. He is a calm and reasoned voice in this community, works well with just about everyone, but is insistent on upholding the moral teaching of the Church in every sense. Expect slow but real changes in LaLa land.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2010 6:24 PM ET USA

    Several strong points 1)He will ignite the piety and orthodoxy of the Mexican community which Mahony has ignored 2)He is not in any way part of the Mahony clique here in Calif. 3 Opus Dei-FIDELITY 4) Trained as a Bishop by Abp Chaput! His challenge: clean out a corrupt chancery office from top to bottom quickly - pray for him - this will take great fortitude! Our long diocesan nightmare is coming to an end. We wont need to ask "where's the money, Roger" ever again. Praise God and Pope B16

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2010 5:50 PM ET USA

    Abp. Gomez has been a beloved shepherd in San Antonio and we will send him out in peace. This means a red hat for one of our own so we rejoice in that too. Before coming here, we was adjunct bishop of Denver under Abp. Chaput, so his episcopal formation was first rate. He will certainly bring order and discipline to the unruly archdiocese of Los Angeles. Pray for him as he undertakes this difficult task.

  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Apr. 06, 2010 12:02 PM ET USA

    This is amazing. Abp. Gomez is a NUMERARY of Opus Dei -- that is, he received his entire priestly formation in Opus Dei; he didn't just affiliate after ordination. Being from Mexico is a big plus in L.A. A great appointment! Let us pray for him.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2010 9:07 AM ET USA

    Yes! I just hope Mahoney doesn't continue his nonsense once retired. He has been a blight on the Church for too many years.