New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was elected president of the U.S. bishops’ conference at 10am this morning. The vote was 128-111 on the third ballot, a runoff in which he defeated Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., who served as USCCB vice president for the last three years.
Minutes later, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected vice president of the conference on a third ballot in a runoff vote of 147 to 91 over Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver.
Awesome! The only thing that could make this better is if Chaput were named Vice President. Thank goodness that Kicanas wasn't elected. It would have been a nightmare if a bishop who ordained an alcoholic pervert had become the leader of the USCCB. God bless President Dolan!