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.
Fall bishops' meeting 2013
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.
In the last two years, the bishops have fought the Obama administration's health care law. But that fight was barely mentioned Monday morning.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan endorsed Pope Francis' "Poor church for the poor," but said that the U.S. bishops don't have to do anything new.
The cardinal, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops until the end of their meeting this week in Baltimore, was responding to questions about why the bishops were not doing more about the poor. He said that as president most of the complaint letters he received were from people complaining that the bishops talked too much about social justice, government cut backs, and the poor.
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.
Pope Francis' representative to the U.S. Church called on the American bishops to be pastoral witnesses not ideologues. He pointed to Pope Francis who "is giving us, by his own witness, an example of how to live a life attuned to the values of the Gospel."
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.