Skip to comments.Nominees announced for USCCB leadership roles
Posted on 10/22/2013 7:13:08 AM PDT by haffast
The USCCB has announced the 10 candidates for presidency and vice presidency of the conference. The president is elected from these 10 nominees, and the vice president is elected from the remaining nine. Here are the candidates:
- Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans
- Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia
- Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash.
- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston
- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles
- Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky.
- Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore
- Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati
- Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit
- Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami
It is an interesting list. The most obvious thing about it is the name that is not there: Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap, who has become Pope Francis' "go-to" guy in the U.S. The work of the Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis is time consuming and, in the event, more vital than anything that will be happening at the USCCB for the next three years, so O'Malley was smart to decline nomination.
Smart money says Kurtz is more or less a lock for the presidency. He is currently the VP at the USCCB, and he does not belong to any ideological camp. His early years doing social justice ministry as a priest in Allentown, Pa., shaped his understanding of the church in ways that would be simpatico with the vision of Pope Francis. And perhaps most importantly, he is well liked by his brother bishops. That means the real contest will be for the vice presidency.
It is interesting to see both Chaput and Lori on the list. They both represent the same "culture warrior" wing of the conference.
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Aymond of New Orleans is a liberal and intellectual lightweight. He is ambitious, however, so I expect him to be campaigning.
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I’m from a suburb of New Orleans and quite familiar with Aymond. He used to say Mass at the Church I attended when he was a priest. In 1980, the then Archbishop, Philip Hannan, elevated a slew of priests to monsignor. Most had been priests for at least 25 or 30 years. But Aymond made the list at a very young age. He was never assigned a church, but was a bigwig in the Archdiocese hierarchy. He was definitely ambitious. He rose up the ranks very quickly. He was auxiliary bishop of Austin, Tx, then he was made bishop, and now is our new Archbishop. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him named cardinal sometime in the very near future.
I, personally, don’t like him. He is very liberal and was only too glad to interpret the Pope’s recent comments as meaning that we don’t have to emphasize abortion over other causes. His big issue is the death penalty and amnesty for illegals. He was also a big proponent of Obamacare before it became law. When he would say Mass, he would use the gender-neutral terminology when reading the gospel instead of Man, he, him, etc.
If I had a vote, I would vote for Chaput over Aymond, but I know he will find a way to kiss butt and come out victorious.
I blame Hannan for Aymond; I really do. I know Hannan’s popular here, but that is more a reflection on the slack and uncritical nature of New Orleans Catholics. Yes, Aymond is a skillful player and I’m sure badly wants to be a cardinal. You are right that he takes liberties with the liturgy. I have not forgotten his use of James Carville in 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). Aymond also has seen to the snuffing of the traditional Latin Mass at St. Benilde’s in Metairie, lying in public about the unavailability of priests capable of handling this duty. But as long as he appears in Tom Benson’s suite at Saints games, he’ll continue to be popular with ordinary Catholics here, who are largely low-information lowbrows.
Nothing is going to change.
The USCCB will continue to support tyranny and socialism at home, and the importation of pro-abortion voters from abroad.