Baltimore —Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron’s name will appear on the presidential ballot. Just not the ballot most people are familiar with.
Detroit’s archbishop is one of 10 candidates to become the next president and vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the official organization of the 449 active and retired Catholic bishops in the United States, overseeing 195 diocese and archdioceses.
The election will take place at the USCCB’s fall general assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 14-16. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., is finishing his three-year term as president, and Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston is finishing his term as vice president. Traditionally, the vice president is the odds-on-favorite to become the next president.
In addition to voting on the next president and vice president, the bishops will vote on new chairmen for five USCCB committees: on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Evangelization and Catechesis, International Justice and Peace, and the Protection of Children and Young People.
Archbishop Vigneron currently chairs the Committee on Doctrine, which is not up for election this year.
Besides Archbishop Vigneron, candidates include Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans; Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia; Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City; Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston; Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, who is a former Detroit auxiliary bishop; Archbishop William E. Lori or Baltimore; Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami; and Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, N.M.