U.S. bishops deal setback to a key ally of the pope
Conference chooses veteran culture warrior
For the past several decades, U.S. Catholic bishops have signaled the top priority they place on opposition to abortion and related matters by having their Committee on Pro-Life Activities chaired by a cardinal, the highest rank in the church short of the pope.
But they broke precedent Tuesday in a way that, depending on who you ask, could reflect a symbolic pushback to Pope Francis and his agenda. Or it could show a preference for a narrowly focused anti-abortion agenda versus a broader vision of what pro-life could mean.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, on the second day of its fall assembly in Baltimore, gave 54 percent of their 178 votes to Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann to be chairman. The veteran