Gomez holds both conservative and progressive viewsOnce again, the use of liberal (i.e. "progressive") and conservative are political terms that do not translate into the Catholic Church.
Gomez, 58, who will succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony, is a reflection of the future of American Catholicism. Born in northern Mexico, now an American citizen, he is one of the millions of Latinos who will make up the majority of Catholics in the United States within the next 10 years.So, they concede that he doesn't fit the terminology, yet they couldn't abandon help but use it any way.
And like many of those Latinos, he is at once a conservative and a progressive: unyielding in his opposition to abortion and gay marriage, passionate in his advocacy for immigrants and the poor, confounding to those who try to wedge him into the traditional right-left political paradigm.
It isn't whether Archbishop Gomez is liberal or conservative.
It is about being Catholic.