- Nov 26, 2020
Beyond Trump v. Clinton, the other race of keen interest to American Catholics in 2016 is the mid-November election of new leadership for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, with the results certain to be read as an index of where the American hierarchy stands vis-à-vis Pope Francis.
Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles isn’t just any bishop, but one of the most influential prelates in the U.S. and, arguably, the world, seeing himself as a “bridge” between the Americans and a tribune for Hispanic/Latino issues in the States, especially immigration.
Archbishop Jose Gomez said this week that with “all due respect” to the Pilgrims, they got to the U.S. about 100 years late, since there were already Spanish and Filipino explorers and missionaries here — a point, he said, with relevance for today’s immigration debates.
A producer of the latest “Ben Hur” remake, which opens today, says, “My faith is important to me as a Catholic and I feel that the values in this film are important and valuable .. in a world that’s uncertain, with fear and confusion, the central themes of forgiveness and reconciliation are needed now more than ever.”
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles says he was given three marching orders by his new boss, Archbishop Jose Gomez: ‘Be present, give hope and teach doctrine.’ Combining pop culture savvy with deep erudition, Barron is trying to accomplish each, and in his spare time, he also wants to evangelize Hollywood.