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USCCB meeting begins; profiles of candidates to succeed Cardinal Dolan as president

Catholic World News - November 11, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has published profiles of the 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 takes during the annual fall bishops’ meeting, which begins on November 11 and concludes November 14.

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 incumbent conference vice president of the USCCB has traditionally been elected to succeed to a 3-year term as conference president. But that pattern was broken in 2010, when Cardinal Dolan defeated Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, then the conference vice president, in the presidential election.

During the meeting, the bishops will also elect the chairmen of six committees, discuss the use of the Mexican Misal Romano in Spanish-language Masses, deliberate on revised English liturgical translations for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Marriage, and discuss the canonization cause of Mother Mary Teresa Tallon (1867-1954), foundress of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate.

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