US bishops elect NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan as leader in upset

(AP) – 5 hours ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected Tuesday to be president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in an upset victory over an Arizona bishop with a moderate style who is the sitting vice president.

It is the first time since the 1960s that a sitting vice president was on the ballot for conference president and lost. The outcome is the latest sign that the American bishops — divided over how best to uphold Roman Catholic orthodoxy — favor a more aggressive approach.

Dolan received 54 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., on the third round of balloting. Kicanas has served as vice president for the last three years. Dolan said he shook hands with Kicanas after the vote and thanked him for his service. At a news conference, Dolan said he was surprised by the vote and noted it was “hardly a landslide.” Kicanas issued a short statement saying he respected the choice of his fellow bishops and praised Dolan for his “exceptional leadership qualities.”

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