USCCB Elects New Officers

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Houston, Texas as president for the coming year.  He succeeds Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, KY. Archbishop Jose Gomez, the first Mexican-born Catholic bishop and current Archbishop of Los Angeles will serve as vice-president.

Cardinal DiNardo stated that the three issues closest to his heart for this year are prison reform; pro-life issues (from abortion to the death penalty); and immigration. Because both he and Archbishop Gomez live in areas with lots of Catholic immigrants, DiNardo thinks that he and Gomez can help President-elect Trump understand where the Church is coming from on the issue of immigration. He is also hopeful based upon promises made during the campaign, that Mr. Trump will be helpful on pro-life issues.

For more on this story, including a brief interview with Cardinal DiNardo, read this Crux article.