LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Cardinal Roger Mahony turned over the reins of the Los Angeles Archdiocese to Archbishop Jose Gomez Sunday at the age of 75.

After 25 Years, Mahony Surrenders Control Over LA Archdiocese, KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz Reports

Both Gomez and Mahony presided over the transitional ceremonies at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Downtown during Masses celebrated in both English and Spanish.

Gomez, 59, became the first archbishop of Mexican descent to head a North American archdiocese, though many of his flock have roots in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries.

In the ceremony following Mahony’s final homily as archbishop, the cardinal’s coat of arms was removed from above the archbishop’s chair and Gomez’s was installed in its place.

Mahony then escorted the new leader to the throne and gave him his pastoral staff, the symbol of his role as chief shepherd of some than 5 million Catholics — of about which 70 percent are Hispanic — in the archdiocese’s coverage area of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara. It ranks at the Nation’s most populous.

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Comments (19)
  1. Brad Norwood says:




    1. jim says:

      mahony should be in prison. the lives that been damaged because of him. why in the hell do you morons still attend mass.

      1. Richard says:

        Sounds a bit anti Catholic here..,,….could have the Cardinal handled the situation differently….maybe…but, it does not make him guilty……and if you think so, then you have to ask your on insecurities and ignorance on the matter…

      2. Clark Souter says:

        Ignorance is EXACTLY the practice that allowed him to shift child rapists around the world everywhere to do their evil over and over! WAKE UP!

  2. The Mad Man says:

    I hope he can live with himself during his retirement. Cardinal Mahony has a lot to repent for.

  3. WaLLy says:

    Coach, Priest, Rabbi, Teacher, Judge, Politician,
    all are human, all imperfect

    1. Kristi says:

      What does that even mean, Wally? We should all turn a blind eye to those that rape, sodomize, and emotionally abuse the innocent? Are you kidding!!

      Evil loves people like you who are wishy washy when it comes to justice and consequences for terrible/unspeakable behavior.

      1. WaLLy says:

        It means even you are a sinner Kristi

  4. ginny says:

    This region is still part of the United States of America, the mass should be delivered in English. Or let’s go back to total Latin mass. I am so fed up with the use of spanish in this part of the country. As for Mahoney, he should never (in my opinion) be elevated to the level he has in the church. His goals have always been tied to the spanish population (mostly illegal here) and not the church as a whole. Between Mahoney and Mayor Tony this whole city has reached the lowest of all low levels. Just my opinion.

    1. Ambivalent says:

      It’s the Mexican Catholic church now, filled with traitorous clergy happily selling our nation down the river and filled with foreigners stealing from us. Americans need not apply any more, they are the enemy now.

  5. Clark Souter says:

    A total and complete Accessory to child rape. Should be in prison! So much evidence against him!

  6. RM says:

    The original title of this article contained the word “surrender” which was much more appropriate.

  7. not dreaming says:

    is he a legal immigrant? ok now ,now lets see his criminal records.

  8. Kristi says:

    Why can’t the Catholic church despense with the midevil power plays. Really!? A throne?? What is this saying to the average parishoner? “I am your unqustionable ruler, you are my subjects. What I say is law. There is no democracy.”


  9. Jesus D. HernandezRangel says:

    “the first archbishop of Mexican descent to head a North American archdiocese,”
    Thats not correct, there are pleanty such as… Constancio Miranda Weckmann -Ciudad Juarez, Norberto Rivera Carrera – Mexico City, Alberto Suárez Inda – Michoacan, Rafael Romo Muñoz – Tijuana… are just a few.

    1. ReDMan says:

      Let us not forget fathers Serra and Kino
      despite what they did against my indigenous brothers

      1. Jesus D. Hernandezrangel says:

        Serra was Spanish I think; don’t remeber who Kino is.

  10. Gil in Riverside says:

    “the first archbishop of Mexican descent to head a North American archdiocese”

    This is an absurd assertion, repeated often on the air. Doesn’t anybody in the newsroom realize that Mexico IS a major part of North America?

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