U.S. bish­ops deal set­back to a key ally of the pope

Con­fer­ence chooses vet­eran cul­ture war­rior

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Front page - By Peter Smith

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

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