Like many Catholics around the United States, I am stunned and somewhat elated that our former Archbishop of Milwaukee, Timothy Dolan was elected the President of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops today. After all, it seemed like just yesterday we celebrated his going away party at the Catholic Herald offices in Milwaukee.
This election marks the first time a sitting USCCB vice-president has not gone on to serve as president. This unprecedented event ran in Archbishop Dolan’s favor by a 128-111 vote on the third ballot surpassing Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson.
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and New York have to be feeling very proud of their beloved Timothy Dolan today.
The 60 year-old Archbishop will assume his new three-year position Thursday, along with his newly elected Vice-President, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville. He succeeded 147-91 over Archbishop Charles Chaput OFM Cap. of Denver in another third ballot.