The Roman Catholic Future, in the US and Around the World

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Pedophilia by priests is not the only recent development for an ancient institution trying to cope with fast-moving contemporary realities. America's largest Catholic archdiocese, Los Angeles, is now 70% Latino. It soon will be led -- for the first time -- by a bishop born in Mexico. Pope Benedict XVI has named Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, who's also associated with the conservative group Opus Dei, to replace outgoing Archbishop, Cardinal Roger Mahony, a relatively liberal leader of Irish-American stock. In Europe, there's talk of a "post-Christian era,” and two-thirds of the world's one billion Roman Catholics live in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We look at the conflict between tradition and change.




Warren Olney