A few items:
1. What do you call it when an active member of a large Pentecostal church in New City collapses during an Easter service, loses his pulse and heartbeat and is revived at the emergency room of Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern?
As my colleague Jane Lerner reports, some are calling it an Easter miracle, a resurrection.
2. I wondered a couple of weeks ago whether new talk of immigration reform in Washington would inspire religious leaders in New York and elsewhere to join the debate. There have been stirrings (not to mention that big march in D.C.).
An interfaith group called the The Faith and Public Policy Roundtable is holding a forum on immigration on Wednesday, April 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Ceremonial Hall at the Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan.
The panelists will be: Rabbi Michael Paley, Scholar in Residence and Director of the Jewish Resource Center at UJA-Federation of New York; Bishop Robert Rimbo of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (that’s him); and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.
3. When Cardinals O’Connor and Egan were nearing the end of their tenures, there was much talk about whether New York could see an Hispanic archbishop. But we keep getting Irishmen.
LA, though, is a different matter. The nation’s largest archdiocese may already be mostly Hispanic (New York is probably close, but no one really knows).
So it’s no surprise that B16 has chosen a Latino bishop, Jose Gomez, the archbishop of San Antonio, as next in line for LA. Cardinal Roger Mahony will reach retirement age, 75, next February.
I went to a gathering of religion writers a few years ago in San Antonio (yes, we toured the Alamo, which was surprisingly — at least to me — small). We had a brief meeting with Gomez, who was warm and funny, the kind of guy you like right away. He won the group over without much effort.
He’s also a member of Opus Dei, which is kind of interesting. And he’s only 58 (2 years younger than Tim Dolan), so he could be an important national figure for quite some time.