LA's Cardinal Roger Mahoney is a relatively liberal leader of Irish-American stock. To replace him, Pope Benedict XVI has named Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, who's also associated with the conservative group Opus Dei. Both facts are telling about the Church in America and the views of the Vatican.
The Future of the Catholic Church
John Allen - Boston Globe - @JohnLAllenJr, Richard McBrien - Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Andrew Small - Director, US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for the Church in Latin America