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BISHOPS-ELECTIONS (SECOND UPDATE) Nov-12-2008 (400 words) With photo. xxxn

Bishop Murry of Youngstown elected USCCB secretary-elect

By Nancy Frazier O'Brien
Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops now has a secretary and a secretary-elect. And they're the same person: Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio.

In repeat elections Nov. 11, Bishop Murry was elected to succeed himself in the post he has held since last November. Because he was filling the unexpired term of Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., who was elected USCCB vice president in November 2007, Bishop Murry was eligible for another three-year term.

Bishop Murry will begin a full three-year term as secretary in November 2009.

Using an electronic voting system, the bishops meeting in Baltimore chose Bishop Murry over Bishop Steven E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., by a vote of 119-76.

But the electronic system was abandoned soon after, when more than two dozen bishops said they believed their voting pads were not recording their votes properly. In a written ballot later that day, Bishop Murry won again with 150 votes to Bishop Blaire's 69.

Five chairmen-elect of USCCB committees also were chosen by written ballot later Nov. 11 and will head their respective committees beginning in November 2009.

The committees and their new chairmen-elect are:

-- Cultural Diversity: Coadjutor Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., who defeated Bishop J. Terry Steib of Memphis, Tenn., by a vote of 134-92.

-- Communications: Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala of Los Angeles, selected over Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., 129-97.

-- Doctrine: Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, who won against Bishop Jerome E. Listecki of La Crosse, Wis., by a vote of 140-85.

-- National Collections: Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas, who defeated Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., 139-84, with two abstentions.

-- Pro-Life Activities: Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chosen over Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., by a 165-59 vote.

Three bishops were chosen from a field of six to serve on the Catholic Relief Services board of directors. The new board members are Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley of Washington, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services and Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Detroit.

The other candidates for the CRS board were Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Antonio, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Cistone of Philadelphia and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla.


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