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-US Catholic Bishops Going Conservative?

by Dr. D ~ November 16th, 2010

ARCHBISHOP TIMOTHY DOLAN (13)

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Today (Tuesday) Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York was elected as the new president over the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Dolan is said to be more of a traditionalist theologically and a moderate conservative.

The election caught many church observers by surprise since traditionally the bishops choose the current vice president to replace an outgoing president.  Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson was VP but he represented the more liberal “social justice” wing of the American church. This begs for the conclusion that the Bishops are choosing to go in a more conservative ‘traditionalist’ direction.

That conclusion seems to be confirmed in their election of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. as the new vice president. Kurtz is the chairman of the bishops’ committee on marriage and an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage.

In the news conference following the election, Archbishop Dolan said that he plans to continue to lead the Bishops in opposition to President Obama’s health care plan since it currently includes government funding for abortion. Also support of traditional marriage and opposition to the expansion of same-sex marriage will be part of their on-going agenda.

Response: This bodes well for greater cooperation between the Catholic Bishops and conservative Evangelical leaders in the future.

Archbishop Dolan was a major participant in the production of the “Manhattan Declaration” -a manifesto which was put out last year in support of traditional Christian values including:

1. The sanctity of human life

2. The dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife

3. The rights of conscience and religious liberty.

The manifesto was supported by thousands of prominent Catholic, Evangelical, and Orthodox Christian leaders. Archbishop Dolan was one of the first to sign the document.  

Those of us who are Evangelical and social conservatives wholeheartedly welcome this development.             *Top of the Blog

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