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Statement on Petition of October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

On October 20, a petition was posted on claiming that Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles had told an anonymous “wealthy ex-donor to the Church” in a recent meeting that he would be voting for Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election. Archbishop Gomez has issued the following response:

“What this petition claims is totally false. The meeting and conversation never happened. In all my years as a priest and a bishop, I have never publicly or privately endorsed a political candidate or told anyone who I might be voting for. It is disgraceful that some would use the media to spread misinformation and try to confuse and divide people. As we prepare for our national elections, I urge all Catholics to pray and reflect on the U.S. Bishops’ guide, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility. And let us pray for the grace to treat one another as brothers and sisters, with dignity and respect.”