By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Applauding Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles

Apparently, he might have made history as the first bishop to reprimand another bishop. Gomez publicly reprimanded former L.A. Archbishop Mahoney for years of mishandling sex abuse allegations. The reprimand took the form, as I understand it, of removing Mahoney from any administrative duties in the nation's largest diocese.

The reprimand puts both ideologically liberal Catholics and ideologically conservative Catholics in an odd position. "Liberals" decry the mishandling of the sex abuse crisis by the hierarchy, but Mahoney is one of their favorites. "Conservatives" never liked Mahoney, but generally do not like to see such strong acceptance of the immense gravity of these scandals by the hierarchy. Of course, I am making generalizations; but I do so because I think there is some truth to them.

Well, let the ideologues be in odd positions because the truth is that the Gospel is neither ideologically liberal nor ideologically conservative.

Congratulations to Archbishop Gomez for following the Gospel!