Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville
Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, as its next president. Archbishop Kurtz, 67, has served as the conference vice president since 2010.
Judie Brown, cofounder of American Life League, the nation’s oldest Catholic pro-life group, issued this statement:
“We humbly offer our prayers and support to His Excellency Archbishop Kurtz. He has a reputation as 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 USCCB to advance this important work of the Church. His leadership in this area will ensure 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.’”