He is Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, 58, of San Antonio, and the word is that he loves the Latin Mass and he very publicly opposed Notre Dame's honoring of Obama last year. He was ordained a priest in the Opus Dei Prelature in Spain in 1978.
Archbishop Gomez will succeed Cardinal Mahony early next year.
Cardinal Mahony introduced Archbishop Gomez at a news conference at the Cathedral this morning at 10. A Mass of Reception for Archbishop Gomez will take place May 26.
Included in Archbishop Gomez's official statement are the following words:
"Los Angeles, like no other city in the world, has the global face of the Catholic Church.
"That fact invites us to do two things: first, to thank God for our diversity and the energy it creates; and second, to commit ourselves more deeply to the things that unite us – a zeal for Jesus Christ; confidence in the Gospel; reverence for the Eucharist; service to the poor; defense of the unborn child, the immigrant and the disabled; and a love for the Church as our mother and teacher. These are the things that have purified and renewed the Church in every generation... [emphasis added]
"To Cardinal Mahony I promise my fraternal love and fidelity, and all the energy of my days. To my brother bishops, priests and deacons, I promise to listen well and learn well. And I promise to love and support you as a brother. Please pray for me that I serve the Church and her people in a manner that honors God, honors them and honors the witness of Cardinal Mahony and his predecessors."
Deo gratias! Let's all pray for Archbishop Gomez, for Cardinal Mahony and our auxiliary bishops, for our clergy, religious, and laity, and for all abortion-targeted babies and their moms throughout our vast archdiocese. Amen.