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USCCB announces candidates to succeed Cardinal Dolan as conference president

Catholic World News - October 24, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced the names of ten candidates who are in the running to succeed Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York as conference president and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville as conference vice president.

The election will take place during the bishops’ meeting in November.

The conference vice president traditionally, but not always, is elected to a three-year term as conference president. In 2010, Cardinal Dolan defeated Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, then the conference vice president, in the presidential election.

The ten candidates are Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit, and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.

The USCCB has also announced the candidates for chairmen of six committees.

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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Oct. 27, 2013 12:16 PM ET USA

    AB Chaput is clearly the best choice. AB Gomez has gotten himself entangled in a misleading way in the illegal aliens debate.

  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 25, 2013 6:37 PM ET USA

    AB Chaput and Wenski offer fidelity to church teaching, a disinclination toward political action, and an ability to take the fire of progressives and still hold their ground.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 24, 2013 6:01 PM ET USA

    "The more things change the more they stay the same."

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Oct. 24, 2013 10:36 AM ET USA

    Timothy Cardinal Dolan served well in this capacity. Archbishop Kicanas was not a plausible choice. The candidates listed all appear to be well qualified. AB Chaput (French Canadian Indian) and AB Gomez appear to warrant a secondary look for their expertise in this day and time.

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