Today is Roger Cardinal Mahony’s 75th birthday, and thus the day of his mandatory retirement. We have learned that Pope Benedict has sent along his birthday wishes with a special birthday cake from the papal bakery.
In a liturgy this morning in the Los Angeles Cathedral the torch was handed on to Bishop Jose Gomes, Mahony’s successor and priest of Opus Dei. Let us offer our prayers for Bishop Gomes and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as they open this new chapter.
Here is a video of the closing liturgy of Mahony’s last R. E. Congress. I wonder if there will be a dancing deacon in the entrance procession this year?