the Cardinal retires

VATICAN CITY, 1 MAR 2011 (VIS) – The Holy Father:

– Accepted the resignation from the archdiocese of Los Angeles, U.S.A., presented by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, upon having reached the age limit. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.

No Mahonyhate here (to borrow a phrase from Rocco), but certainly prayers for his continued growth in holiness and, when God calls him home, a holy and peaceful death. The only posts about the Cardinal which remain may be found here. Only time will tell if, as the retired Cardinal once said, his pastoral letter As One Who Serves will “continue to guide… the life of our Local Church.”

May the Archdiocese of Los Angeles flourish under the leadership of its new shepherd.

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