Los Angeles archdiocese adds 54 names to list of accused priests

In a departure from how other dioceses have handled such listings, Archbishop Jose Gomez instructed that the names of deceased priests with uncorroborated but plausible allegations be included

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles released on Thursday an updated list of priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, with the report showing two cases of alleged abuse of current minors in the archdiocese since 2008. The two cases were made public at the time the allegations were first received. Upon receiving the accusations, the archdiocese removed the two priests, Juan Cano … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez issues statement on mass shooting in Thousand Oaks

At least 13 people were killed and 11 wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a country dance bar in Thousand Oaks on the night of Nov. 8

At least 13 people were killed and 11 wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a country dance bar in Thousands Oaks the night of Wednesday, November 8.  In a statement issued early Thursday morning, Archbishop of Los Angeles José H. Gomez expressed his sorrow and called for prayers for the victims and all those affected by the mass shooting. His full statement reads as … [Read more...]

Pope to meet with bishops, cardinals about clerical abuse

USCCB officials meet with Pope September 13; world-wide meeting of bishops to be at Vatican February 21-24

Cardinal DiNardo and USCCB officials to meet with Pope Francis The director of the Vatican’s press office has confirmed that Pope Francis will meet with the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference Thursday, along with the conference’s vice-president, general secretary, and the president of the pope’s commission on child protection. The meeting is expected to address the … [Read more...]

“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...]

‘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...]

“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...]

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...]

‘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...]

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...]

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...]