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June 1st, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Most Intriguing People: Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

Archbishop of San Antonio Jose H. Gomez, selected by the Vatican to succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, has indicated he will continue to be an advocate for immigrants when he becomes cardinal.

The Contra Costa Times reports that 4,000 invited guests officially welcomed Gomez last Wednesday at a two-hour mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels.

Gomez confirmed his known views on the immigration debate by saying: "May this church always be a sign that God is with us and that in his own eyes no one is a stranger ... and no one is an alien for any of us."

When Mahoney retires next February, Gomez, who was born in Mexico, will become America’s first Latino cardinal and the leader of the largest archdiocese in the country, with some 4.3 million Catholics.

In 2005 Gomez was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Leaders

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Ken Ireland

    I applauded his humanism but I have to say his clothes would make it difficult for me to take him seriously. I would keep expecting him to start pulling balloon animal out from under his ropes.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  2. Get a Copy Editor?

    Two different spellings of Mahony... basic facts wrong (Gomez will not automatically become a cardinal when Mahony retires).

    June 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  3. Richard Conn Henry

    I love his funny hat! Did Jesus wear one? (I am not a Christian.)

    June 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  4. Reality

    Being an archbishop and a Latino from Mexico does not change the fact the Catholicism and actually all of Christianity were founded on flawed history and theology. It is time for those like Father Gomez to come clean about these flaws. Unfortunately, his livelihood depends on said flaws so even more "pew peasants" will flee from the myths of resurrection, original sin and atonement theology, contributions will plummet and Catholicism/Christianity will eventually become an afterthought.

    June 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
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