What to expect from Catholic Archbishop Gomez when he takes over in Los Angeles

On March 31, 2009, Archbishop Gomez wrote a letter to Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop John D’Arcy regarding the Indiana bishop’s refusal to attend last year’s Notre Dame commencement exercises after President Obama was invited to speak during the graduation ceremonies. “President Obama has made it clear that his policies on abortion and the general protection of innocent life are in dramatic opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church,” said Archbishop Gomez in his letter, which was published on the archdiocesan website. He told Bishop D’Arcy he was “in total support of your action and its motives.” On May 19, 2009, Archbishop Gomez delivered his own address to graduates of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. “Pilate was not uneducated,” the archbishop told the graduates. “But he was educated in such a way that he could not recognize the truth — even when the truth was standing right in front of him. Our society today is a lot like Pontius Pilate — it doesn’t recognize the truth… Our culture believes instead that there are many truths — as many different truths as there are individuals, and that it’s wrong to try to decide or judge among these… My friends, part of what God is calling you to do with your higher education is to restore the sense of truth to our society — especially the truth about the sanctity and dignity of human life. You have to help our society see that truths and moral absolutes do exist. That the truth is always true, no matter whether any one believes it or not. That we need to conform our lives — and our laws — to these truths.”