Archbishop José H. Gomez

Birthday: 26 December 1951
Education:

Bachelor’s in Accounting and Bachelor’s in Philosophy – National University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Bachelor’s in Theology – University of Navarre, Rome, Italy
Doctorate in Sacred Theology – University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain

Ordination: 15 August 1978
Episcopate: 26 March 2001
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Archbishop José H. Gomez on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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  • Archbishop Gomez said he is “horrified” that abuse has been committed. He expressed a need to “hold people accountable.” Despite not mentioning Vigano’s name in his remarks on the revelations, Gomez pointed to a statement released by the USCCB on the need to investigate McCarrick and to ensure protocols are introduced so complaints are better handled. Gomez said those proposals should “go a long way in addressing the culture of clericalism that contributed to these abuses and failures in leadership.” (Angelus News)

Amoris Laetitia

Unclear on Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics
  • Archbishop Gomez said Amoris Laetitia has caused a “frenzy of reaction in the media” and that different groups are trying to “spin” it to their “personal perspective.” But, he said, it is “clear” that the pope “has no intention of changing Church doctrine or teaching.” Rather, Amoris Laetitia is a call “to change our hearts” so we can “respond with sensitivity and caring” to those whose marriages are broken. Francis “cautions against an idealistic view of marriage,” Gomez said. (Angelus News)

Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • On his diocesan website, Bishop Gomez lists attacks on innocent life as intrinsic evils. “The Church must continue to insist that the fundamental injustice and violence in our society is the direct killing of those who are not yet born through abortion and those who are sick and at the end of their lives through euthanasia and assisted suicide. In this culture, the Church must insist that abortion and euthanasia are grave and intrinsic evils — evils that are corrosive and corrupting, evils that are at the heart of other social injustices.” (Archbishop Gomez.org)
  • In January 2019, Bishop Gomez participated in and said a prayer at the OneLife LA pro-life march. Gomez said Roe v. Wade was one of the “saddest days” in American history and that post-Roe America treats human life as cheap and disposable. “There is so much we could protest against the way our society treats the unborn, the elderly, the sick, the disabled, and the poor. But OneLife LA is about the light, not the darkness.” (Angelus News)
  • On January 19, 2019, Archbishop Gomez celebrated a requiem Mass for the unborn. In his homily, Gomez stated that every abortion is a “tragedy” because God rejoices in every person, “born and not yet born.” He also said that if Catholics open their hearts, they “will see people who have no jobs, no rights and no legal status…with no one to heal their wounds. We will see unborn children, thousands every year, who never get the chance to live.” (Archbishop Gomez.org)
  • In January 2018, Bishop Gomez lead more than 15,000 pro-life protestors in the OneLife LA march. Gomez, who helped found the event, told the marchers that they are building “a pro-life nation from heart to heart and from coast to coast.” (Los Angeles Daily News)
  • In a column for his Archdiocesan newspaper in 2016, Gomez said abortion and euthanasia “stand alone” among “the evils and injustices” in America. Both are a “direct, personal attack on innocent and vulnerable human life.” Archbishop Gomez also said not all injustices are equal, and that conflating abortion and euthanasia with other social problems “can lead to moral relativism.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • In response to a 2016 California law which legalized physician-assisted suicide, Archbishop Gomez stated that “killing is not caring” and “true compassion means walking with those who are suffering, sharing their pain, [and] helping them bear their burdens.” Gomez called on Catholics to defend life “from conception to natural death.” (LifeSiteNews)

Homosexuality

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  • The Archdiocesan Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons is actively supported by Archbishop Gomez. The group was started in the 1980s by Cardinal Roger Mahony. It claims to call on “concerned Catholics and all people of good will to know and share in the challenges, burdens, and blessings of gay and lesbian persons living a Christian life within the Catholic tradition.” It also “supports movements for gay and lesbian persons that are consonant with Church teaching, especially those which safeguard human dignity and promote human rights.” (Archdiocese of Los Angeles)
  • In a 2018 statement regarding the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Church, Archbishop Gomez rooted the crisis in “clericalism” rather than of homosexuality. He wrote that United States Conference of Catholic Bishops must address “the culture of clericalism that contributed to these abuses.” He did not mention the pattern of homosexual tendencies exhibited by the abusers. (Angelus News)
  • Archbishop Gomez suspended the faculties of a pro-homosexual priest in his diocese in 2012. The priest was a co-founder of a group called “Catholics for Equality.” (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

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  • The pro-LGBT, pro-abortion mayor of Los Angeles received communion at a Cesar Chavez Mass presided over by Archbishop Gomez in 2018. (LifeSiteNews)

Contraception

Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • Archbishop Gomez has said Humanae Vitae was “misunderstood and misinterpreted” and that the world of the 1960s “did not know how much it needed” it. Gomez said the “blessed fruit of love” in a marriage is “the miracle of new life.” This new life is how the man and woman “realize what it means to be made in the image of God who is the Author of Life.” (Archbishop Gomez.org)
  • In a 2012 column addressing the HHS contraception mandate, Archbishop Gomez stated that it is hard not to see the mandate as “a direct attack on Catholic consciences and the freedom of our Catholic institutions.” Gomez boldly wrote that contraception “has never been a basic human right” and that pregnancy “is not a disease for which ‘preventive medicine’ is required.” (The Catholic World Report)

“LGBT” ideology

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  • In 2013, Archbishop Gomez co-wrote a letter on behalf of the USCCB withdrawing its support of the Violence Against Women Act because the Obama administration added language protecting ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ into the law. The added classifications “undermine the meaning and importance of sexual difference,” the letter said. (LifeSiteNews)

Liturgy

Unclear if he supports reverent liturgy
  • On June 26, 2018, Archbishop Gomez dedicated the St. Vitus church in the Los Angeles area. The church is operated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a group of pro-Latin Mass priests. (Twitter)
  • Gomez spoke at and said mass for The Society for Catholic Liturgy’s 2016 annual conference. The conference was held at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles. The Ordinary Form of the mass and the Traditional Latin Mass were celebrated at the conference. (New Liturgical Movement)
  • On May 31, 2016, Gomez performed Confirmations and Benediction at a parish in West Hollywood operated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a Latin Mass group of priests. (New Liturgical Movement)
  • At the closing mass for the 2016 Los Angeles Religious Education conference, two “married” homosexual men and their son presented the gifts to the altar to Archbishop Gomez. (Tradition in Action)
  • Gomez presided over an irreverent mass that featured pagan-like woman dancers, altar girls, guitars, an accordion, and pop music at the close of the 2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The mass is year in and year out one of the most irreverent, large-scale masses in the country. (Rorate Caeli)
  • Una Voce, a website dedicated to promoting the Latin Mass, praised Gomez when he was the Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas for performing a “glorious transformation” of the Latin Mass situation in the Archdiocese. The website reported in 2010 that Gomez was criticized for his efforts but ultimately helped spread the Tridentine Liturgy in the Archdiocese. (Rorate Caeli)

Marriage and Family Life

Upholds Church teaching on marriage and family life
  • Gomez’s Archdiocese provides numerous resources for fertility awareness and Natural Family Planning on its website. The archdiocese promotes the “FEMM” program which is a “comprehensive, integrated women’s health program.” FEMM works to teach women how to understand their bodies and recognize hormonal signs of health in order to help them track their reproductive goals. (Los Angeles Archdiocese)
  • Archbishop Gomez said it is “sad” Millennials are avoiding having children due to perceived fears of climate change and overpopulation. In a 2019 speech delivered at an event hosted by the McGrath Institute for Church Life, His Excellency called on husbands to love their wives and to evangelize the culture, which, he said, views children as “unethical…irresponsible…impractical.” Gomez said that a society “where children are no longer being born is a society where people no longer understand what makes life worth living.” (Catholic News Service)
  • At a 2018 conference at the University of Notre Dame, Archbishop Gomez said society has rejected the Christian notion of family and that divorce, same-sex ‘marriage,’ and contraception have contirbuted to that mentality. Gomez called on Catholic families to be a “radical” sign of hope amid the despair and mirror the Holy Family by, among other things, rejecting birth control and viewing children as a gift instead of a burden. (Catholic News Agency)
  • In 2017, Gomez told 500 attendees at a prestigious pro-family conference in California that the solution to what he called the “de-Christianization” of American culture is to consecrate our lives to Mary. (America)

Education

Does not uphold Church teaching related to education
  • Archbishop Gomez serves on the ecclesiastical advisory board of the California-based Napa Institute. The Napa Institute holds conferences, symposiums and events across the U.S. that features faithful Catholics, priests and bishops who encourage Catholic leaders to fight secularism and building an authentically Christian America. (Napa Institute)
  • At the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, at least 10 workshops focused on “LGBT Ministry.” Pro-gay Vatican adviser Fr. James Martin spoke at the conference, as did an openly lesbian activist. Various other pro-LGBT professors, teachers, and priests spoke as well, including a homosexual theologian who is “married” to his husband. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In February 2018, the Archdiocese of L.A. allowed one of its conference centers to be used for a quasi-pagan workshop that featured indigenous folk healing and spirituality sessions. (LifeSiteNews)
  • At the 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Conference, a workshop titled “Transgender in the Family” taught attendees to be “sensitive, loving and supportive of transgender Catholics and their families in the midst of transition.” The workshop urged Catholics to support “all-gender” bathrooms, and to respect a person’s preferred pronoun. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Speakers at the 2012 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress had previously said President Obama was pro-life, that they longed for “public models of gay priests,” that they opposed marriage protection laws, and they encouraged children to engage in “genital self-touch.” (LifeSiteNews)