PROFILE: Archbishop Gomez at the Eye of the Storm, by Joan Frawley Desmond

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Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles addresses his fellow bishops Nov. 16 at their fall assembly. (photo: Screenshot via

Since his term began as president of the US bishops’ conference in 2019, the archbishop has had to face squabbles among the episcopacy, the fallout from the McCarrick Report, a scandal within conference administration and his disgraced predecessor in Los Angeles inserting himself into the public eye.

By Joan Frawley Desmond, EWTN News, November 16, 2021

Joan Frawley DesmondBALTIMORE — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles presides this week over the annual fall assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore — a closely watched gathering that will debate a draft document on Eucharistic coherence, prompting some media outlets to claim an escalating standoff between the U.S. episcopacy and the Biden White House.

It’s a familiar problem for Archbishop Gomez, the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference.

When he marked President Joe Biden’s inauguration with a public statement pledging to work with the White House on areas of common concern while also raising objections to the new administration’s pro-abortion agenda, a Washington Post story contrasted the archbishop’s nuanced comment with Pope Francis’s “warm blessing” to the second commander in chief to identify as Catholic. …