The philosophical shift from Cardinal Roger Mahony to Archbishop Jose Gomez in Los Angeles can be seen in this story. Cardinal Mahony was known for his participation in fashionable left-wing causes; Archbishop Gomez is taking up unpopular opposition to legislation that violates the natural law.
“Right now, there are two bills in the California legislature that our state’s bishops believe represent a dangerous government intrusion into parents’ rights,” he writes. “The first, Assembly Bill 499, would let children 12 and under decide for themselves to get vaccines or take other medications to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. … A second bill, Senate Bill 48, would require school textbooks to teach about the sexual orientations of figures in American history. This amounts to the government rewriting history books based on pressure-group politics. It is also another example of the government interfering with parents’ rights to be their children’s primary educators.”