No real surprises in the voting for the various committee chairmen, with one exception. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces defeated Bishop David Malloy 126-110, to lead the Committee on International Justice and Peace. +Malloy was formerly the General Secretary of the USCCB and, consequently, was well known to all the bishops. Usually, such familiarity serves as a path to victory. This time, not so much.
On the third ballot, a run-off between the two top vote getters on the second ballot, Houston-Galveston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo was elected the Vice President of the USCCB. DiNardo received 147 votes to Archbishop Charles Chaput's 87 votes. +DiNardo was slated to assume th chairmanship of the Divine Worship Committee, and now the conference will need to create a new slate of nominees for that post.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, who served the past three years as Vice President of the USCCB, was elected the President on the first ballot with 125 votes. No other candidate received more than 25 votes.
There are a variety of different ways to attack the pope, or to minimize what he has to say, or otherwise ignore the direction in which he is trying to guide the Church.
The Church is a big ship, and she does not turn quickly. So, perhaps it would be expecting too much for the bishops to get with a new program too quickly. This morning, Archbishop Vigano said, "he [the pope] made a special point of saying that he wants 'pastoral' bishops, not bishops who profess or follow a particular ideology." Now, I am listening to Archbishop Sal Cordileone discuss the "defense of marriage. It is not clear to me why the archbishop thinks it is vital that photography studios be able to discriminate against gay couples.
The "Francis Effect" is bringing more people to Mass. The Guardian has the story.
Mark Silk, at RNS, on the VERY BIG threat to religious liberty posed by the settlement in the Fr. Fugee case in Newark. To be clear, the civil court has NO business insisting on the de-frocking of a priest as part of a civil settlement. And, it be just as clear, it is only the ridiculously bad handling of the Fugee case by Archbishop Myers that led to this situation.
Cardinal Dolan announced that, after receiving a request from several bishops, he wanted to open for discussion the questionnaire sent by the Holy See in advance of next year's Synod on the family, and allow the bishops to share what steps they are taking in their dioceses to solicit the information and input that the Holy See requested.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered his final presidential address to the USCCB this morning. And, he took the single issue that came to dominate his tenure as president – religious liberty – and he re-directed that issue from domestic issues to the issue of religious liberty abroad. It is an artful recalibration.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Apostolic Nuncio, said he wanted to share his “reflections” on his time here in the United States. +Vigano has been nuncio for two years.