Abp Chaput Praises LA Abp Gomez

Bishop Gomez of San Antonio is to take over from Mahoney at Los Angeles. Good news all around. Abp. Chaput (Gomez’ old boss) praises the appointment here. Gomez is a member of Opus Dei and of Hispanic descent. A perfect choice for LA.

It should prove interesting for Anglicans and those who wish to establish an ordinariate.  Bishop Gomez has been very friendly and helpful to the former Anglicans at Atonement Parish–one of the biggest Anglican Use parishes in the country which is in San Antonio.  This means he is already familiar with the particular problems that convert clergy face, the joys and possibilities of Anglican Use parishes and he should be v. welcoming to all who want to come over.

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06199831621510839519 CarmelKid

    Thank you Father for the encouragement regarding our new Archbishop. As I reside in this archdiocese, it has not been an easy time of it for the past decade especially. It was welcome news to many of us who have prayed for a true shepherd and one who will be obedient to our Pope. It is even more joyful news that Gomez will be an agent of welcome towards Anglicans. How good God is. Now if we can just get a cathedral that resembles one!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17691145638703824456 kkollwitz

    Maybe +Gomez can put some lipstick on that pig they have in LA.There may not be that much lipstick.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18047225919036250163 Robert H

    He retraces my path (back) to the faith, starting in San Antonio, then in LA. Too bad, or maybe for the good, that Mahoney is leaving. Either as I recall LA has a very vibrant catholic community, despite the popular impression.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12161093458055309213 Mark Zanghetti

    LA is lucky to be getting him! VIVA Archbishop Jose!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07932665331766567610 jedesto

    Fr. L,"Gomez is a member of Opus Dei…"What do you mean by that?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18047225919036250163 Robert H

    @jedesto: Opus Dei is an organization primarily of lay catholics Their web site is at http://www.opusdei.org. As I understand it, it was founded during the Spanish Civil War, which was a particularly bad time of persecution of the church. On their home page is this brief description:Finding God in daily lifeOpus Dei is a Catholic institution founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá. Its mission is to spread the message that work and the circumstances of everyday life are occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18047225919036250163 Robert H

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18047225919036250163 Robert H

    Opus Dei was favored in many ways by JP II. It is considered controversial (translation: liberals object to it). The main point is that we can all find sanctity in our daily lives. As such it ties into many of the bigger discussions on this blog. While not for everyone, clearly, at least it can be a guide to living our calling, and bring it into all our activities.When we call for greater sanctity as the way we can all help Benedict to 'clear out the filth', it is an avenue worth looking to, for guidance if nothing else. Married people, of course, live a normal life, however there are many houses for single members where they live a chaste life in service to God and their fellows, never forgetting the vertical dimension, as well as the horizontal. Members avail themselves of a number of penitential practices, such as modern equivalents of the hair-shirt, etc. I do not know of any 'chapters' here in Greenville, but it may be worth looking into.