The Holy Father has made a wise and timely decision in his appointment of Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio to be co-adjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles and the successor of Cardinal Roger Mahony upon his retirement.
Archbishop Gomez is the first Latino to be named to a major archdiocese. Los Angeles is the largest archdiocese in the United States and is 80% Latino. A native of Monterrey, Mexico and an immigrant himself, he has served in the United States for many years as a priest, auxiliary bishop, and Archbishop of San Antonio.
Cardinal Mahony reaches 75 in February, the age at which he must submit his resignation. The early appointment of a co-adjutor insures a smooth transition of authority. The appointment is also recognition by Pope Benedict XVI of the changing demographics in the Southwest.
At 58, God willing, Archbishop Gomez will lead the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for many years.
We rejoice for him and for the people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.