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New York Archbishop Elected President of US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, effectively making him the country's senior Catholic leader.

Dolan's election is considered an upset. He defeated a vice president, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, who was widely expected to win the job. Dolan received 54 percent of the vote, while Kicanas won 46 percent on the third round of balloting.

It's the first time since the 1960s that a sitting vice president was on the ballot for president and lost. The move follows protests by some conservative Catholics against Kicanas, of Tuscon, Arizona.
   
The 60-year-old Dolan has been archbishop in New York since 2009, when he was installed as Archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI. Previously, he led the archdiocese in Milwaukee. He was ordained as a priest in 1976.

Dolan was recently passed over by the Vatican for elevation to cardinal — but he's considered likely to earn the "red hat" in the future, since all of his immediate predecessors in St. Patrick's Cathedral have been cardinals.

The USCCB's stated purpose "is to promote the greater good which the church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place." According to the USCCB, that includes religious, charitable and educational work.

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Comments [2]

WHY ARE WE LETTING THIS HAPPEN STATEN ISLAND from STATEN ISLAND

WHAT HAPPENED TO UNITY AND CATHOLIC FAITH, WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR CHILDREN WHO LOVE THE SCHOOLS THEY ATTEND THE GREAT EDUCATION AND GOOD FRIENDS THEY MADE ( WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN) IS IT ALL ABOUT BUISNESS AND MONEY WHY DO WE GIVE DONATIONS AT MASS WHERE DOES ALL THAT MONEY GO SO MANY QUESTIONS I HAVE SO ANY MORE .

Nov. 17 2010 10:42 PM
Horrified from Staten Island

How can Dolan be given this position when he hasn't done anywhere near enough to fight the rampant child rape in his own clergy?

Nov. 17 2010 06:38 AM

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