BALTIMORE – U.S. Roman Catholic bishops have elected new leaders as they adjust to changing priorities under Pope Francis.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., won a three-year term for president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He served the last three years as vice president of the conference. It's customary for the vice president to move onto the top job. The new vice president is Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas.
The election was part of a national meeting Tuesday in Baltimore. It is the first such event for the Americans since Francis was elected and said the church was too focused on divisive social issues.
Kurtz takes over as dozens of dioceses sue the Obama administration over a requirement for health insurance that covers contraceptives.