Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Archbishop Gomez of San Antonio named Co-Adjutor of Los Angeles

Archbishop Jose Gomez (58) of San Antonio was be named co-adjutor in Los Angeles to ultimately succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony, who turns 75 in February.  He is a priest of Opus Dei.

Here is the Bollettino for April 6 with the announcement. 

Deacon Greg Kandra writes:

Archbishop Jose Gomez, of San Antonio, has a fascinating resume -- including being born in Mexico, and being ordained a priest of Opus Dei after getting degrees in both philosophy and accounting (!).
He's been named by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America.
And, while Gomez doesn't appear to have extensive experience in academia or priestly formation -- which Benedict seems to favor in many of his bishops -- according to his official biography, he "played a key role" in the establishment of the Hispanic Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

I also found this

San Antonio - Archbishop Gomez sent a letter to every parish in the city informing them of his decision to have the local, former "indult" TLM community move from its former place in a tiny chapel behind a nursing home to one of the biggest parishes in the city. The attendance was estimated at 450 people, and the comments the people made afterward were overwhelmingly positive.
EDIT:  Biblical scholar, Michael Barber has a detailed post on Abp Gomez.

And: You have to see Father Z's post and the well over 80 comments which offer even more background. 

Sources to watch today:

The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!