WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops(USCCB) gathering in Baltimore for today's 2017 General Assembly have elected anew conference secretary-elect along with a new chairman of the Committee for ReligiousLiberty and chairmen-elect of five additional standing committees.
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archdiocese of Detroithas been elected as secretary-elect for the USCCB on the ballot with 96 votesover Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City who received 88votes.
Additionally, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz,Archdiocese of Louisville, has been elected as chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty in a 113 to86 vote over Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
The five chairmen-elect are:
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Diocese of Arlington, aschairman-elect of the Committee on Communications in a 116 to 70 vote over BishopJohn O. Barres, Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Bishop Nelson J. Pérez,Diocese of Cleveland, as chairman-elect of the Committee on Cultural Diversityin the Church in a 102 to 77 vote over Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne-SouthBend as chairman-elect of the Committeeon Doctrine in a 110 to 95 vote over Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Diocese ofToledo.
Bishop Joseph R. Cistone, Diocese of Saginaw aschairman-elect of the Committee onNational Collections in a 124 to 65 vote over Archbishop MichaelO. Jackels, Archdiocese of Dubuque.
Archbishop Joseph F.Naumann, Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, as chairman-elect of the Committeeon Pro-Life Activities in a 96 to 82 vote over Cardinal Blase J. Cupich,Archdiocese of Chicago.
The secretary-elect andthe five committee chairmen-elect will serve one year before beginningthree-year terms at the conclusion of the bishops' 2018 Fall General Assembly.
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