As we close the book on another year, let’s take a look back at some of our most-read stories from Angelus News in 2019.
On March 6, native Angeleno Bishop Joseph Brennan was tapped by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of Fresno. The 64-year-old Brennan will succeed retiring Bishop Armando X. Ochoa, a former Los Angeles auxiliary bishop who has shepherded the Fresno Diocese since 2012.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles received a new bishop that same day, as Pope Francis named Alejandro “Alex” Aclan the newest auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese, where Aclan has served as a priest for 25 years.
In April, Christopher Kaczor, a professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, dove into a debate about what “myth” really is, using the voices of C.S. Lewis and Jordan Peterson.
California Senate Bill 360, a bill that would force priests to disclose information concerning the sexual abuse of minors that they hear in confession, overwhelmingly voted 30-2 in March. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez expressed his deep disappointment, urging lawmakers to “strengthen mandated reporting laws” while at the same time “preserving the sanctity of penitential communications.”
Ultimately, LA Catholics won the battle to protect their rights in the confessional, pulling out a last-minute victory thanks to letters, prayers, and an interfaith partnership.
Vatican expert John Allen explored Pope Francis’ “schism” talk during the Amazon synod, and what’s at stake in his push for reform.
In November, a landmark vote by the American bishops made Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at its Fall Assembly in Baltimore. He is the first Latino to hold the highest leadership position in the American Catholic Church.
A school shooting that left three dead and three injured shook the community of Santa Clarita to its core, leaving Catholics to lean on their faith for answers and healing more than ever.
For years, the only piece of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s tilma outside of Mexico has called Los Angeles home. A local school principal is sharing the story of the relic's miraculous visit to her husband during what doctors were sure was the end of his life.
To close out the year, with deputies in riot gear keeping watch, Archbishop Gomez spent Christmas morning at Men’s Central Jail, armed with just his mitre and a message of love. He preached a message of unceasing love, regardless of wrongdoing. Gomez’s visit gave the men a sense of “Christmas at home with the family,” said the jail’s chaplain.
Thanks for reading and living the faith with us this year!