I refuse to agree with bloggers and commentators, (over at Fr Z's for example,) who chortle that this is not a "win" for Mahony.
Nonsense - for starters, this is not a game with winners and losers.
But more significantly, if Gomez is a good bishop his appointment is a "win" for all men of good will, whether he is the choice they would have made or not.
But here's my huh?, from Cardinal Mahony's own blog --
The first four Bishops of the Los Angeles territory were Hispanic Bishop, to be followed by five Bishops/Archbishops of Irish descent, and myself of German and Italian background.With a name like that, he's not of Irish extraction?