Fall bishops' meeting 2013

New Vice President: Cardinal DiNardo


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. 

+Cordileone Still at Barricades


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.

Dolan on poor church for the poor


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.



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