After its long, long Lent, Easter finally dawns in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Meet Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez, whom the Holy Father has appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Archdiocese. As Coadjutor, Archbishop Gomez will take over as soon as Cardinal Mahony retires on February 27, 2011. The new Coadjutor holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology, a B.A. in philosophy, and a degree in accounting. This last should come in handy in an archdiocese that has shelled out astronomical sums in sex abuse damages.
La-La Land's new shepherd-elect receives the ringing endorsement of the superlative Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Denver, where he served as auxiliary bishop. Oh, and he's a priest of the eeeeeeeeeeeeevillllll Opus Dei. How will the liberals cope with being torn between outrage over the end of the Age of Mahony and political correctitude in the matter of L.A.'s first Hispanic archbishop?
Pray for Archbishop Gomez, who inherits a train wreck of mammoth proportions. No doubt he can expect furious opposition as soon as he assumes power. Before he even touches anything, the liberals will howl, like a child whose mother approaches with a hot needle to pick a splinter out of his finger.
Since nothing he does will please the liberals, and he might as well start antagonizing them sooner rather than later, I hereby proffer my humble suggestion for Archbishop Gomez's first official act as head of the archdiocese: have the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels hauled away as scrap. Fortunately for him...
...most of it already comes conveniently pre-scrapped.