US bishops elect new secretary, discuss health care ethics guide

US bishops elect new secretary, discuss health care ethics guide

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2014 / 10:22 pm (EWTN News/CNA)

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Tuesday on several committee leadership positions, also considering several liturgical proposals and moving forward with a New York canonization cause.

At their fall general assembly in Baltimore, Md., on Nov. 11, the bishops elected Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans to be the new conference secretary. They also picked new chairmen-elect for several other committees.

After serving for one year as chairman-elect, each bishop will serve a three-year term as chairman of their individual committees.

The bishops elected Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis as chairman-elect of the Committee on Communications. The committee supports the bishops in evangelization and faith formation through media relations, publishing and other areas.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio was chosen as the next head of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, which works to encourage the full participation of racially and culturally diverse communities in the Church’s faith, life and evangelizing mission.

The Committee on Pro-Life Activities, which works to educate and promote respect for human life from conception to natural death, will be led by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York.

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit was elected to head the Committee on Doctrine. The committee offers guidance and assistance to the bishops’ conference on issues of faith and morals, especially in the areas of science, health care, human values and Scriptural translations.

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