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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00

    Wednesday, November 12, 2008

    Results: New Bishop chairs announced + analysis

    Conference Secretary:
    Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton: 69
    Bishop George Murry SJ of Youngstown: 150

    National Collections:
    Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston: 84
    Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas: 139

    Cultural Diversity:
    Coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento: 134
    Bishop Terry Steib SVD of Memphis: 92

    Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St Joseph: 97
    Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala of Los Angeles: 129

    Pro-Life Activities:
    Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston: 165
    Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City-St Joseph: 59

    Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington: 140
    Bishop Jerome Listecki of LaCrosse: 85

    I don't know how to evaluate the claim made by some that these elections to bishops chairs are "politically influenced" - i.e., popular bishops get elected and unpopular ones don't. While that certainly seems like a very human temptation, I tend to disbelieve it actually obtains here in any serious way.
    At any rate, some gut reactions:

    And just to shut down one line of disagreement at the outset: I'm not trying to evaluate the "goodness" of these bishops based only on how vocally they preach the Church's teaching about unborn life.

    However, the other side will be going over these chair elections with a fine-tooth comb trying to do the opposite - saying that whenever an outspoken bishop isn't chosen, somehow the American bishops are shunning them. I don't think that is the case. And either way, it's best to know a little bit about their records.

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