Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Jose H. Gomez as L.A's newest Archbishop.
Gomez will replace 75 year old L.A. native Cardinal Roger Mahony, who will retire early next year. Gomez was born in Monterrey, Mexico and will be L.A's first latino Archbishop since 1896. As he spoke at a press conference held inside the Our Lady of Angeles Cathedral, Gomez was overcome with emotion during his statement to the press. He also thanked Cardinal Mahony for recommending him to the Pope to lead L.A.'s Archdiocese.
Both the Cardinal and Archbishop spoke frankly about the priest sex scandals in the church, along with the 660 million dollar settlements to the victims of the sex crimes.
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