13 April 2008

His excellent Excellency

Here's an interesting and informative article about our archbishop, the Most Reverend José H. Gomez, which appeared in the San Antonio Express-News:

For 25 years, the extroverted son of Mexican migrant workers led the Archdiocese of San Antonio. He was celebrated for fighting racism and economic injustice and giving latitude to the laity in an era of experimentation in the Catholic Church. His successor, while also of Mexican heritage, is the reserved and highly educated son of a doctor who grew up in the prosperous city of Monterrey. He has politely but firmly pushed doctrinal conformity to the forefront.

That shift, demonstrated in both style and substance, by Archbishop José Gomez is a marked contrast to Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Flores, who stepped down three years ago.

The traditional wing of the church sees Gomez as someone who's correcting what they consider liberal inroads made over many years in the nearly 700,000-member archdiocese. (Read the whole article.)