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Fall bishops' meeting 2013

New USCCB president shifts message, asks to 'warm hearts'

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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. 

Archbishop: DOMA ruling, ENDA passage put marriage at 'critical point'

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The Supreme Court's ruling that rendered the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and the Senate's passage Nov. 7 of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act put the legal defense of marriage "at a critical point in this country," said the archbishop who heads the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

The Supreme Court's DOMA decision is now being used to judicially challenge marriage laws in more than a dozen states that still recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

'Any other nominees? I didn’t think so.'

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"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?"

Committee Chairmen Elections

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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. 

New Vice President: Cardinal DiNardo

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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. 

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