NCR Today: The latest from the US bishops' meeting. Plus, Australian parliament commission files report on clergy sex abuse.
An LCWR initiative to seek out hidden and under-supported global south religious communities in the U.S. gained a wider audience this week.
NCR Today: Cardinal Daniel DiNardo's election as vice president of the USCCB makes him a key player in the appointment of bishops in the U.S.
Several reports of the choice of a new bishops' president noted gingerly that this election had returned to the traditional process of naming successors. That is, the outgoing vice president would be given the top job and the bishops would elect a vice president who became next in line.
NCR Today: The U.S. bishops voted Tuesday to continue a set of English translations of liturgical texts, approving new rites for the Catholic celebrations of marriage and confirmation.
Hours after his election as the next president of the U.S. bishops' conference, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz began notably shifting the conference's tone, saying he wants to speak for the "voiceless and vulnerable" and sees himself primarily as a pastor.
Kurtz, the archbishop of Louisville, Ky., spoke Tuesday afternoon during a press conference at the bishops' meeting. The current vice president of the conference, Kurtz was elected Tuesday morning to be their next president by a 53 percent majority.
I read with interest my colleague Michael Sean Winters’ blog on the meaning of the elections that occurred this morning at the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the conference president-elect, he wrote:
"Any other nominees? I didn't think so."
The U.S. bishops meeting in fall assembly this morning elected chairmen to various committees, including their Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People.
To fill open chairmen slots, the bishops' committee on priorities and plans presents a slate of two candidates. Other candidates can be nominated from the floor of the assembly, so conference president New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan asked before each vote, "Are there any other nominees?"
Did you know that the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore is the first and older religious congregation for women of color in the United States?
NCR Today: Three years ago, the U.S. bishops opted for a candidate other than the current vice president. Tuesday, the bishops re-established that norm.