American Proscenium

A New Church and a New Country

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles tirelessly advocates for illegal aliens.  A native of Mexico, he has an ardent love of his homeland and his people.  He testifies frequently on Capitol Hill in favor of various amnesty-related issues, always in the name of the Catholic Church.  He promotes the same theme before various groups of wealthy Catholics around the country.

Last summer, he described his vision of “The Next America” at a conference in Napa Valley.  For Archbishop Gomez, the “Next America” will be decidedly better than the current one: “Our culture is changing,” he says.  “We have a legal structure that allows, and even pays for, the killing of babies in the womb,” he laments.  “Our courts and legislatures are redefining the natural institutions of marriage and the family.  We have an elite culture . . . that is openly hostile to religious faith.”

All too true.  So what is to blame for this travesty?  Pope Benedict XVI blames the “dictatorship of relativism.”  In Gomez’s view, however, the culprit is Old America, specifically “the idea that Americans are descended from only white Europeans and that our culture is based only on the individualism, work ethic and rule of law that we inherited from our Anglo-Protestant forebears.”  Our national heritage somehow encourages “a wrong-headed...

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