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.”