The nation's Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday took a step toward aligning themselves with Pope Francis, selecting as their next president Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky — a man who built a career on a foundation of personal faith and service to the poor.
The nation's top Catholic bishops will convene this week in Baltimore to choose a new leader, a decision that will help set the course for an American church striving to build its appeal while grappling with stances on immigration and contraception coverage.
As their church's cardinals gathered in Vatican City to select a new pope, Catholic schoolchildren in the Baltimore area joined the worldwide buzz over the secret balloting process in an online chat on Monday with a fairly well-placed source, Archbishop William E. Lori.
Meeting for the first time since voters in Maryland and two other states legalized same-sex marriage, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Tuesday that they have no plans to soften their position that genuine marriage can only occur between one man and one woman.
The spiritual leader of more than 8 percent of Maryland's population, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, was to be elevated to the rank of Cardinal early Saturday in a ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.