On the day Pope Benedict XVI named 23 new Catholic cardinals ”” including the first to represent a Texas archdiocese, Galveston-Houston Archbishop Daniel DiNardo ”” many Texas Catholics, particularly those in San Antonio, were asking a question.
Why not San Antonio Archbishop JosÃ© Gomez, the nation’s only Hispanic archbishop ”” especially if the appointment of DiNardo, who’s of Italian descent, is meant to reflect the growth of Catholicism in the Southwest?
Father Virgilio Elizondo, professor of Hispanic and Pastoral Theology at Notre Dame University, said Wednesday: “As far as having any particular meaning for Hispanics, I don’t think it will have any. Houston might have more Hispanics, but it’s not known as a center for Hispanic leadership the way San Antonio has been.”
Gomez, who was in Denver, is not asking the question.
“Personally, I’m very happy. The Holy Father is honoring all of us by appointing a cardinal in Texas for the first time ever. It’s a great gift for the Catholic Church in Texas,” Gomez said by phone.