Newly appointed Coadjutor Archbishop Jose H. Gomez reads a statement at the
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.
As many of you have witnessed over the past decade, the continued watering down of the faith and a presentation that looked a lot more Protestant than Catholic in the Los Angeles Diocese, there has now risen a beacon of light and hope for so many of the Faithful.
Pope Benedict will name Jose Gomez, 58, archbishop of San Antonio since February 2005, as coadjutor-archbishop of Los Angeles.
In the process, the native of Mexico — the lone American bishop professed as a numerary (full member) of Opus Dei — will make history, becoming the first Hispanic prelate placed in line for a Stateside red hat.
The appointment would bring to a close several months’ worth of intense consultation and speculation since word of Cardinal Roger Mahony’s request for an understudy began circulating late last year. A coadjutor will first spend some months learning the ropes alongside the 74 year-old cardinal before succeeding to the helm of the 5 million member local church — its Catholic population estimated to be three-quarters Latino — shortly after Mahony reaches the retirement age of 75 next February 27th.
Born in Monterrey and ordained for Opus Dei in 1978, Gomez served in Texas from 1987 in both Houston and San Antonio. A former executive director and president of the National Association of Hispanic Priests, in 2001 Pope John Paul II named him an auxiliary to Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, then rocketed him into the lone senior US post customarily held by a Latin cleric on his appointment to San Antonio in late 2004. Six months after his installation there, TIME magazine named Gomez one of the nation’s 25 most influential Hispanics.
Catholics who have been vocal in their desire for a church that adheres to tradition, remains faithful to the Pope and to Rome, avoids personal interpretation of Vatican II, appalled with ceaseless attempts to change the face of the church with Female Ordination, Liturgical Dance, and other such non-sense, are uplifted with such a choice and have received en-kindled hope for a restored church, a church truly in line with Vatican II.
Pope Benedict is truly a leader, a shepherd, and the Vicar of Christ here on earth. Please pray for him, I have no doubt that the attacks will for forthcoming and will be of extreme force from the Devil, Evil Spirits, and the Radical "Progressives."