Archbishop José H. Gomez

Birthday: 26 December 1951

Bachelor’s in Accounting and Bachelor’s in Philosophy – National University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Bachelor’s in Theology – University of Navarre, Rome, Italy
Doctorate in Sacred Theology – University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain

Ordination: 15 August 1978
Episcopate: 26 March 2001
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Archbishop José H. Gomez on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • In response to a 2016 California law which legalized physician-assisted suicide, Archbishop Gomez stated that “killing is not caring” and “true compassion means walking with those who are suffering, sharing their pain, [and] helping them bear their burdens.” Gomez called on Catholics to defend life “from conception to natural death.” (LifeSiteNews)


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  • The Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons is “actively supported” by Archbishop Gomez in his archdiocese. This ministry works to inform others of the “blessings of gay and lesbian persons living a Christian life” and “supports movements for gay and lesbian persons.” (Archdiocese of Los Angeles)
  • Archbishop Gomez suspended the faculties of a pro-homosexual priest in his diocese in 2012. The priest was a co-founder of a group called “Catholics for Equality.” (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

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  • The pro-LGBT, pro-abortion mayor of Los Angeles received communion at a Cesar Chavez Mass presided over by Archbishop Gomez in 2018. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In a column for his Archdiocesan newspaper in 2016, Gomez said abortion and euthanasia “stand alone” among “the evils and injustices” in America. Both are a “direct, personal attack on innocent and vulnerable human life.” Archbishop Gomez also said not all injustices are equal, and that conflating abortion and euthanasia with other social problems “can lead to moral relativism.” (LifeSiteNews)


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“LGBT” ideology

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  • In 2013, Archbishop Gomez co-wrote a letter on behalf of the USCCB withdrawing its support of the Violence Against Women Act because the Obama administration added language protecting ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ into the law. The added classifications “undermine the meaning and importance of sexual difference,” the letter said. (LifeSiteNews)


Unclear if he supports reverent liturgy
  • On June 26, 2018, Archbishop Gomez dedicated the St. Vitus church in the Los Angeles area. The church is operated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a group of pro-Latin Mass priests. (Twitter)
  • Gomez spoke at and said mass for The Society for Catholic Liturgy’s 2016 annual conference. The conference was held at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles. The Ordinary Form of the mass and the Traditional Latin Mass were celebrated at the conference. (New Liturgical Movement)
  • On May 31, 2016, Gomez performed Confirmations and Benediction at a parish in West Hollywood operated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a Latin Mass group of priests. (New Liturgical Movement)
  • At the closing mass for the 2016 Los Angeles Religious Education conference, two “married” homosexual men and their son presented the gifts to the altar to Archbishop Gomez. (Tradition in Action)
  • Gomez presided over an irreverent mass that featured pagan-like woman dancers, altar girls, guitars, an accordion, and pop music at the close of the 2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The mass is year in and year out one of the most irreverent, large-scale masses in the country. (Rorate Caeli)
  • Una Voce, a website dedicated to promoting the Latin Mass, praised Gomez when he was the Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas for performing a “glorious transformation” of the Latin Mass situation in the Archdiocese. The website reported in 2010 that Gomez was criticized for his efforts but ultimately helped spread the Tridentine Liturgy in the Archdiocese. (Rorate Caeli)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • In 2017, Gomez told 500 attendees at a prestigious pro-family conference in California that the solution to what he called the “de-Christianization” of American culture is to consecrate our lives to Mary. (America)


Does not uphold Church teaching related to education
  • Archbishop Gomez serves on the ecclesiastical advisory board of the California-based Napa Institute. The Napa Institute holds conferences, symposiums and events across the U.S. that features faithful Catholics, priests and bishops who encourage Catholic leaders to fight secularism and building an authentically Christian America. (Napa Institute)
  • At the 2018 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, at least 10 workshops focused on “LGBT Ministry.” Pro-gay Vatican adviser Fr. James Martin spoke at the conference, as did an openly lesbian activist. Various other pro-LGBT professors, teachers, and priests spoke as well, including a homosexual theologian who is “married” to his husband. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In February 2018, the Archdiocese of L.A. allowed one of its conference centers to be used for a quasi-pagan workshop that featured indigenous folk healing and spirituality sessions. (LifeSiteNews)
  • At the 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Conference, a workshop titled “Transgender in the Family” taught attendees to be “sensitive, loving and supportive of transgender Catholics and their families in the midst of transition.” The workshop urged Catholics to support “all-gender” bathrooms, and to respect a person’s preferred pronoun. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Speakers at the 2012 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress had previously said President Obama was pro-life, that they longed for “public models of gay priests,” that they opposed marriage protection laws, and they encouraged children to engage in “genital self-touch.” (LifeSiteNews)