Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Major upset in USCCB Presidential Election - Reactions

This post will be updated with  more reactions than I have listed below, so check back later tonight.

I'm blogging from my iPhone on my lunch hour, so I am very limited in what I can do.

It has been traditional for the bishops to elect the current VP to the presidency. Three years ago, Cardinal George ascended from that role with about 88% of the vote on the first ballot.

Bishop Kicanis, the current VP should have been a shoe-in. But concerns were raised in Catholic media and blogs in recent days whether he had the right vision (considered a protege of the late Cardinal Bernardin). He was also mired in controversy, much of which I did not blog on because I was unfamiliar with it, and him.

I prayed last night that God's will be done, and offered many impromptu Hail Marys since then.

It took 3 ballots. Archbishop Dolan of NY won out over Kicanis 128-111.

Bishop Kicanis was not permitted to have the VP seat again, so his  name was removed from the 9 remaining candidates, which included Detroit's Archbishop Vigneron and Denver's Archbishop Chaput. It was Bishop Kurtz who won out over Archbishop Chaput for the VP seat.

Here are a few posts with more background and reactions.

Here's a pic of a tweet by Italian jouranlist Paolo Rodari with an interesting note.  Rodari says, "Also in the Vatican great surprise for Dolan's election... in the secretary of state were waiting for Kicanas"

The "liberal" wing is not happy.  That's a pretty good indicator that the right thing happened.  Here are voices from traditionally dissident sources.

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