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Los Angeles auxiliaries

August 14, 2015
Father William Nicholas
St. Rose of Lima Church
Simi Valley

As a San Francisco priest currently serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I found it rather disconcerting that CSF would feature an article (July 24) about only one of the three fine priests appointed auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the celebrity at that. No mention was given to Bishop-designate Joseph Brennan, who has been indispensable in helping Archbishop Gomez in steering such a massive archdiocese, nor especially to Bishop-designate David O’Connell, who has spent the better portion, if not the majority of his ministry serving parishes in the poorest (dare I say, most marginalized) communities (in short, a priest cut from the very mold of Pope Francis).

All three men are very fine and accomplished priests, whom the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is eager to receive as auxiliaries, but, in this day and age (again, the age of Pope Francis), would it be too much of a stretch to look beyond media celebrity when noting the appointment of such important positions as bishops?

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