Cardinal DiNardo was elected to a three-year term last month during the bishops’ annual fall assembly, held in Baltimore.
At the plenary assembly at Baltimore, the American bishops elected their former vice-president on November 15, 2016, as their new head: Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston (Texas). He succeeds Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky.
Appointed cardinal in 2007 by Benedict XVI, he belongs, according to La Croix of November 15, 2016, to the “so-called conservative fringe of the American episcopate.” The newspaper emphasizes that the prelate was notably amongst the 13 cardinals who addressed, in October 2015, a letter to the Pope “to express their concerns that the results of the debates on the Synod on the Family were a set-up.”
On his website Chiesa, Vaticanist Sandro Magister added, on November 18, 2016, that the new vice-president, the Archbishop of Los Angeles, José Horacio Gomez, is a member of Opus Dei and deduces that it was a “defeat for the bishops favoured by [Pope Francis].” The transalpine journalist quotes John L. Allen, “the top Vaticanist in the United States,” as saying that this election was like “a referendum on Pope Francis.” And Sandro Magister concludes that the “operation of renewal of the episcopate of the United States begun by [the Holy Father] is still far from producing a change in the leading team and in the orientation of the episcopate.”
(Sources: kipa-apic.ch – La Croix – Chiesa.espresso – DICI no. 346, 09/12/16)