“An authentic development of the Church’s doctrine”

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles issues statement on changes to Catechism regarding the death penalty

For some years now, I have expressed my concern that the death penalty is both cruel and unnecessary and I have called for its abolition. So, I welcome the changes to The Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty and I am grateful for Pope Francis’ leadership in working for an end to judicial executions worldwide. The Catechism revisions announced today reflect an … [Read more...]

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‘The beautiful promise of Humanae Vitae’

Archbishop Jose Gomez pays homage to Paul Paul VI's 1968 encyclica

The following is an excerpt from an article by Archbishop José H. Gomez: This week we are remembering the 50th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”), Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical letter on human life and love. Looking back, we can understand better how the world of 1968 was not ready for this document. It was a time of new ideas about human freedom and love … [Read more...]

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“Family separation did not begin with this administration”

Archbishop José Gomez reflects on recent trip to international border at McAllen, Texas

I am writing from McAllen, Texas, where I have joined some of my brother bishops to pray and try to bring hope to the hundreds of undocumented children being detained here and in nearby Brownsville. McAllen is in the Rio Grande Valley, about five miles north of the Mexican border. It is now the center of the humanitarian crisis caused by our government’s policy of separating … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles archbishop to lead pilgrimage to Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Archbishop José Gomez will present hundreds of prayers from faithful across Southern California

For the second year and under the spiritual leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez, 140 faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will begin a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, in Mexico City on Thursday July 5, 2018.  The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe houses the original tilma (or cloak) of Juan Diego, which holds the … [Read more...]

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‘No more mañanas’

At June 24 Mass for All Immigrants in Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose Gomez tells faithful the time for excuses on immigration reform is over

Amid the country’s escalating immigration crisis, Archbishop José H. Gomez encouraged Catholics at the June 24 Mass for All Immigrants not to be “discouraged by voices of fear and ugliness,” but to be “coworkers in renewing the soul of America.” “God will never leave his people alone,” Archbishop Gomez said, reflecting on the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez paints sobering picture of Los Angeles

He cites homelessness, poverty, widespread abortion, family breakdown and 1 million undocumented immigrants in June 4 talk about polarization at Georgetown University

I am honored to be here to talk about these important issues of Catholic social teaching.  And I want to begin our conversation with a brief snapshot of our experience in Los Angeles.  As you know, we are the largest Catholic community in the country. We cover a territory about the size of New Jersey —  we have about 5 million Catholics in an overall population of 11 … [Read more...]

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There should be an image of Mary in every home

Archbishop José Gomez: "I will be personally blessing and offering an image of our Blessed Mother for every family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who wants one"

We are getting ready to celebrate the new Marian feast instituted by Pope Francis. The memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church that we will celebrate on the Monday after Pentecost, this year on May 21, marks an important — I would even say prophetic — rediscovery of an ancient devotion. The first Christians understood Mary to be the perfect symbol of the … [Read more...]

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How Los Angeles Catholics help the homeless

“To turn our backs on the homeless is really to turn our backs on Christ”

With growing numbers of people suffering homelessness in the expensive megalopolis of Los Angeles, Catholics and people of other religions are working together to provide a serious response. “The faith community is really a giant part of the services provided to the folks in need,” Kathleen Domingo, Director of the Los Angeles archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace, … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez calls on Congress to pass Dream Act

“We are talking about people who have grown up in this country since they were young children. America is all they know”

Too many young people are threatened with deportation because their parents brought them to the U.S. without documentation, and Congress needs to pass the Dream Act to help them, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has said. The proposed legislation “would permanently lift the threat of deportation that right now hangs over the heads of more than one million young people who … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles archbishop accepts award with pro-abortion politician

On the dais with Archbishop José Gomez at Cesar Chavez Foundation gala was California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has received repeated contributions from Planned Parenthood

California Catholic Daily exclusive By Douglas Collins On March 30, Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez attended an elegant $500-per-plate dinner, with sponsorships ranging from $5000 to $50,000, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, where he accepted an award from the the Cesar Chavez Foundation. Past honorees of the foundation have included Nancy Pelosi and … [Read more...]

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