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LA's five million Roman Catholics are now led by José Gomez, the first Mexican-born archbishop of America's largest archdiocese. Gomez's origins recognize demographic reality since even before Cardinal Roger Mahony arrived 25 years ago. We talk about the role of the Church in Southern California and Mahony's legacy, including liberal politics, immigrant rights, a controversial cathedral and a clerical sex abuse scandal with more than 500 victims that cost the church $660 million. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Moammar Gadhafi continues his holdout in Libya, as upheaval continues in North African and the Middle East. Will Iran be affected by the rage for freedom, or has it gained new influence in the region — without doing a thing?

Banner image: New Archbishop José Gomez (C), and retiring Cardinal Roger Mahony (L) prepare for the Ceremony of Transition as Archbishop at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on February 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Wally Skalij - Pool/Getty Images

Main Topic Arab Upheaval: Can Iran Take Advantage? 26 MIN, 33 SEC

Gadhafi Facing Setbacks at Home and AbroadSecretary of State Clinton today denounced Libya's Moammar Gadhafi for using "mercenaries and thugs" against his own people. She said the US is considering "every option." Meantime, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was scheduled to visit the White House.

Guests:
Colum Lynch, Washington Post (@columlynch)
Ronald Bruce St. John, political scientist and author
Benjamin Barber, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos
Michael Slackman, Foreign Correspondent, New York Times

Libya

Ronald Bruce St John

Main Topic New Leadership for a Powerful Institution 27 MIN, 5 SEC

On his 75th birthday, Cardinal Roger Mahony retired yesterday as Archbishop of Los Angeles and turned America's largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese over to José Gomez, recently the Bishop of San Antonio. There were masses in both English and Spanish at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which overflowed with the faithful.

Guests:
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times (@LATstevelopez)
John Buntin, 'LA Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City'
D.J. Waldie, KCET

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