U.S. Bishops to Choose a New President from List of Ten

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today announced the list of ten candidates for their next president and vice president.

The highest vote-getters in the election will replace outgoing president and vice president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, whose three-year terms will expire at the end of the Fall General Assembly.  Among  the nominees, I’m proud to say, is my archbishop,  Archbishop Allen Vigneron.

The new officers will be elected at the annual Fall General Assembly, which will be held November 11-14 at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel.

The ten candidates are:

  • Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans
  • Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia
  • Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington
  • Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston
  • Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles
  • Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore
  • Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati
  • Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit
  • Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami

The days leading up to the USCCB General Assembly are always exciting, as each day’s news carries more information about the agenda for the sessions.  At this point, I can report that the agenda will also include:

  • A report from the National Advisory Council and a report on the status of their strategic/pastoral plan, The New Evangelization: Faith, Worship, Witness.
  • Discussions and votes on the 2014 Conference budget and 2015 diocesan assessment.
  • Consultation on the sainthood cause of Mary Teresa Tallon, Servant of God.
  • Discussions and votes on the Misal Romano, the Spanish translation of the book of prayers at Mass, and adaptations to it for use in the United States.
  • Discussions and votes on the draft translations of the Order of Celebrating Marriage and the Order of Confirmation, as well as proposed adaptations for the Order of Celebrating Marriage.
  • An update by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
  • Presentation for a proposal to develop a formal statement on pornography.
  • Presentation by Bishop Gerald R. Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, chairman of CRS, and Carolyn Woo, CRS president, on the work and strategic priorities of CRS.
  • An update and discussion on the Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty.
  • Discussions and votes on proposed revisions to the USCCB handbook and regulations.

The bishops will also vote for

  • the chairman of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education,
  • the chairmen-elect of five other USCCB committees and
  • new board members of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).


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  • Matt Swaim

    My Archbishop (Schnurr) can beat up your Archbishop (Vigneron). Wait, what?

  • Paul H

    Wow, that’s a great list of bishops. I don’t know anything about Archbishop Schnurr, but I have heard good things about all the others on the list. It looks like they can’t go too far wrong with any of these choices.

  • Robert

    It’s easy to see that none of the mentioned successors have deviated from the papacy of Benedict XVI . There’s a new wind blowing through the Church now people. Get used to it! This is the message Christ intended for His Church not one of man made rules and ancient beliefs!

    • Dennis

      Wow, Robert. The papacy of Benedict XVI was one of man-made rules?
      Ancient beliefs, I would say so. Is that a disqualifier for you?

    • Milbo 1

      Robert, what is your point? Seems to me as if you have anger issues.

  • Robert

    Wow, Paul H, that’s a great crop of bishops???? A list that condemns rather than lift Gods people up? A list that covered up child abuse cases to police? A list that still has a 18th Century mindset? A list that does no follow Francis’ lead on a more humble loving Church as Christ intended it to be? A list that refuses to bring the Church into the 21st Century? All I can say is we have a different interpretation of the term ‘great list of candidates’ and I thank God for that!

    • Paul H

      Hi Robert,

      Which of these ten bishops covered up child abuse cases? (I’m not saying that none of them did, just that I’m not aware of it. If some of them did, I would like to know about it.)

      Also, I’m not sure why you think that these bishops don’t want the church to be humble and loving. Nor do I know what you mean by an 18th century mindset. The Bible lists the qualities of a good bishop (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:7-9), and I have always thought that those qualities were applicable to all times, places, and cultures. Do you think that those qualities are not applicable today because they reflect a first century mindset?

  • Guest John

    That is indeed a TREMENDOUS list of exceptionally well rounded, gifted, God fearing successors of the apostles! We need more teachers like them. Any one of them would lead with great integrity and strong faith. God bless them all!

  • Romulus

    Aymond of New Orleans is a liberal and intellectual lightweight. Very ambitious and a skillful player of the game. He takes liberties with the liturgy. I have not forgotten his inclusion of James Carville as a gift-bearer at his installation Mass, notwithstanding Carville’s repeated public endorsement of abortion as OK for Catholics (he declared to my wife that he had no idea Carville had been placed in the lineup — color me unconvinced). Aymond also has seen to the snuffing of a very well-attended traditional Latin Mass at a suburban parish, pleading unavailability of priests capable of handling this duty (I am friends with two priests who have repeatedly offered to fill the need). But as long as he appears in Tom Benson’s suite at Saints home games, Archbishop Aymond will continue to be popular with ordinary Catholics here, who award their affection for silly and sentimental reasons.

  • Tim Von Itter

    Vigneron should not be on that list…He’s my “Archbishop” also, and what he has done here in Detroit is sheer blasphemy… he needlessly created hardship, and despair for the faithfull…