The reader continues:
"...and Hollywood & Vine shout 'PTL!!!!'"
I've been to Our Lady of the Angels, and even in terms of very modern Catholic architecture, it misses the boat and far more suggests Star Trek than Catholicism. Not to even go into the syncretism that is a bit brazenly evident. And that's on the inside. The outside... well, there is nothing even naively nice one can say there since it is all around barge-like, hideous."Abp Chaput Praises LA Abp Gomez" (Standing on My Head, April 6, 2010):
So amidst all the current garbage I do have this thought, "Why doesn't Rome do anything? Can't they even do something about Mahoney and gay-friendly L.A.? I mean, can't we connect a few dots retro-actively?"
Then I see this:
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.Hispanic and a member of Opus Dei. You've gotta love that. Think of all those Dan Brown Da Vinci Code fans out in L.A. and what they'll be thinking. Not only that. Opus Dei priests generally don't go in for foo-foo liturgy, liturgical dancing, effite homophilic programs, syncretistic theology, or Catholic lite homilies. I see some salubrious and restorative reforms in the offing.
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.
Not only that. As Rorate Caeli points out today, the website of Una Voce San Bernardino, in an article about the "glorious transformation" of the situation for the TLM in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, has the following to say about the soon-to-be Coadjutor Archbishop, who was ordained in 1978 as a numerary priest of Opus Dei:
The Most Rev. Jose Gomez, our Archbishop, and Fr. Francis McHugh deserve a huge deal of credit for withstanding the barrage of criticism they have received for allowing the Traditional Latin Mass into the mainstream of Catholic life here in San Antonio.Appointment confirmed here.
[Hat tip to J.M.]