Louisville Archbishop Elected President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Strong pro-lifer who authored “The Blessing of the Child in the Womb”
By Ernie Ohlhoff, Director of Outreach
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, right, of New York, outgoing president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulates Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, after he was elected the new USCCB president.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
When Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, was elected President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, one strong pro-lifer replaced another. Archbishop Kurtz, who served as vice president of the USCCB for three years, succeeds Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
Archbishop Kurtz is a long time pro-life supporter who authored “The Rite For Blessing Of The Child In The Womb” in 2008 while he was bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee.
In accepting the position as president, Archbishop Kurtz wrote, “I am deeply honored that the body of bishops has elected me to serve as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, calls us to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I look forward to serving my brother bishops as together we seek to serve our Lord.”
In an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal that appeared November 1, Archbishop Kurtz told reporter Peter Smith
“In a nation founded on the self-evident truth that all are created with an inalienable right to life, the deliberate destruction of unborn children at their most vulnerable stage is a travesty. It is a violent response that does not serve women, children, families or the common good.”