U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elects a new leader

November 17, 2010

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Bishop Kevin Vann congratulates Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York after Dolan was named head of U.S. Catholic bishops.

This week, nearly 300 Roman Catholic bishops gather in Baltimore for the annual U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. But they already finished their most important business – choosing a new leader for the next three years. The post goes to a New York archbishop who defeated an Arizona bishop who spent most of his life in Chicago.


Some analysts are chalking up Bishop Gerald Kicanas’ loss to a wave of criticism just before the election, most of it concerning his links to an imprisoned Chicago child molester.

WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell reported on this story last month and he gave Eight Forty-Eight the latest update.

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