During the coffee break, everyone was trying to discern the ideological significance of the just concluded elections. General agreement that some bishops, especially the younger ones, did not like the idea that the VP automatically gets promoted. Some younger bishops were not in the assembly three years ago.
Bishop Michael Bransfield has been elected Treasurer of the USCCB.
Archbishop Timothy Broglio has been elected Chair of the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance.
Bishop Joseph McFadden was elected Chair of the Committee on Catholic Education -- by a two vote margin, the closest race so far.
Bishop Dennis Madden, Auxiliary of Baltimore, won as Chair of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
Bishop David Ricken, of Green Bay, was elected to be Chair of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.
Winning the nod for Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, was Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of Baltimore.
Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Steubenville was elected as Chair of the Committee on Child and Youth Protection.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan was just elected President of the USCCB. I suspect his selection is the result of two factors.
On the third ballot, at which time the bishops were only allowed to vote for the two previous highest vote getters, Archbishop Kurtz of Louisiana was elected Vice-President of the USCCB with 147 votes to Denver Archbishop Chaput's 91.
In an unprecedented move, the USCCB declined to promote its Vice-President, Bishop Gerald Kicanas to the presidency. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York won with 128 votes to Bishop Kicanas' 111.
Dolan now has 118, Kicanas now has 111. Neither has a majority. They now move to a final ballot.
Kicanas leads with 104, Archbishop Dolan follows with 80.
Good morning from Baltimore.
The bishops are testing the new electronic voting system. The test question: "Will you play golf between now and the end of the year? Vote 1. for Yes, and Vote 2. for No." (Only 25 voted yes to 207 No!)
Soon the fireworks will start. Some bishops reported receiving text messages urging them to vote against Bishop Kicanas, the current vice-president. He is opposed by a variety of right wing groups.
Last night, at the CCHD reception, Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas praised the work of CCHD and urged his brother bisops to participate fully in the national collection.
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