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José H. Gomez Biography

Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“The logic of assisted suicide leads inevitably to the government and corporate administrators essentially deciding which lives are worth saving and caring for and who would be better off dead. The criteria for such decisions will always be arbitrary and the process will always mean the strong and powerful deciding the fate of those who are weak and less influential in society. This is the beginning of tyranny… The proper response to an unjust law is conscientious objection. And this is an unjust law.”

José H. Gomez, “Come to the End of Life in California,”, June 8, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Papal Appointee, Pontifical Commission for Latin America
  • Former Chairman, US Bishops’ Committee on Migration
  • US Representative, US Catholic Bishops, World Meeting of Families and Synod of Bishops, 2015
  • Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, Feb. 27, 2011-present
  • Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Apr. 6, 2010-Feb. 27, 2011
  • Archbishop, San Antonio, 2005-Apr. 6, 2010
  • Auxiliary Bishop, Denver, 2001-2005
  • STD (doctorate in theology)
  • undergraduate degrees in accounting, philosophy, and theology
  • First Hispanic to serve as Archbishop of Los Angeles and is the highest-ranking Hispanic bishop in the United States
  • Native of Monterrey, Mexico and a naturalized US citizen
  • Speeches and essays have been published in Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, Vital Speeches of the Day, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, La Opinion, First Things, The New York Post, National Catholic Register, among others
  • Contributed essays and introductions to many books
  • Twitter handle: @ArchbishopGomez
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?