Cardinal Roger Mahony Hands Over Control of L.A. Archdiocese
Mahony retired Sunday, on his 75th birthday.
Archbishop Jose Gomez, center, and Cardinal Roger Mahony process past fellow bishops at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday. (Wally Skalij/ Los Angeles Times)
Cardinal Roger Mahony got a standing ovation Sunday, after leading his final Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Mahony turned over control of the archdiocese to Archbishop Jose Gomez, 59, from San Antonio, Texas.
Mahony turned 75 yesterday. At that age, the church requires its bishops to retire.
Mahony submitted his letter of resignation to Pope Benedict XVI by fax. A letter from the pope was expected to be faxed back on Tuesday. At that point, Gomez will officially become archbishop of Los Angeles.
Gomez was appointed as coadjutor archbishop in May, and has spent months learning about the management of the archdiocese.
Mahony led to Los Angeles Archdiocese for 25 years.