The much anticipated announcement of a coadjutor-archbishop of Los Angeles has been made: Cardinal Roger Mahony will be succeeded by Archbishop Jose Gomez, currently in San Antonio. I’m happy for Jose, who is a friend of mine. He was a priest in Houston when I first met him, soon after I arrived in Houston. He is a priest of Opus Dei, and I had heard that members of Opus Dei were involved in outreach at Rice University, and wanted to get to know them. He was the first priest of Opus Dei I got to know–and it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. He shattered all the stereotypes I had of Opus Dei. (I eventually became a “Co-operator” with The Work, before returning to my Adventist roots). I wish him and the Catholics of Los Angeles well.