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USCCB Election Results I


The votes were all conducted by paper ballot, so the results are coming in slowly.

They just announced that in the contest for General Secretary, Msgr. Brian Bransfield was elected. They did not disclose the vote total. In coffee break conversations, there was a great deal of discussion about this contest, interestingly, not along ideological lines. As predicted last week, look for a significant percentage of the staff to head for the exits. It is difficult to explain what a first class disaster this is for the conference.

USCCB Strategic Priorities


Archbishop Peter Sartain, of Seattle, presented the strategic plans and priorities to the body, noting the degree of consultation involved in drafting the priorities. He noted that the National Advisory Council was consulted but based on the presentation yesterday, I am guessing there was not much challenging coming from that quarter.

USCCB: National Advisory Council Report


The body just heard from Edward Mechmann, who spoke on behalf of the National Advisory Council, a group of lay people who advise the bishops. His comments were not exactly what you would call challenging. He spoke about how much the NAC agreed with everything the bishops say and do, how closely their concerns track with the concerns of the bishops. He applauded their draft statement on pornography.


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