Elections at USCCB’s annual fall meeting could presage how successful Pope Francis’ Church reforms may be

USCCB elections present clear choices

The upcoming election of committee chairs by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will present the American bishops with clear choices that will indicate the direction of the conference for the next few years.

“The elections will take place at the bishops’ annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Nov. 16-19.

“Four of the candidates are clearly ‘Francis bishops,’ because they were chosen by him for their dioceses or for a special assignment.

“I am not saying that only bishops appointed by Pope Francis can be considered ‘Francis bishops,’ but it is interesting that the USCCB elections will have four Francis appointees on the ballot. Will the bishops like these candidates as much as Pope Francis does?”

By Thomas Reese, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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