Today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., as its next president. Archbishop Kurtz, 67, served as the conference vice president since 2010.
Judie Brown, co-founder of American Life League, the nation's oldest Catholic prolife group, issued this statement.
We humbly offer our prayers and support to His Excellency Archbishop Kurtz. He has a reputation for placing abortion, euthanasia, and other challenges to protecting the dignity of the human person at the forefront of his priorities as a teacher and shepherd. The fact that His Holiness Benedict XVI appointed this prelate encourages us.
With his experience in social programs, we hope that Archbishop Kurtz will take the reins of social justice programs at the USCCB to advance this important work of the Church. His leadership in this area will assure that social justice is not separated from social morality.
We know that the tasks Archbishop Kurtz will now face as president of the USCCB are not small but, as St. Paul the Apostle wrote, "No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength."
Media inquiries, please contact Paul Rondeau at 540-659-4171 or PRondeau@ALL.org.
(An earlier version of this press release mistakenly referred to His Excellency Archbishop Kurtz as “His Eminence.” We apologize for the error: It was noticed too late to stop electronic distribution and has been corrected.)
American Life League, cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979, is the oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org.