Tucson bishop not appointed President of Catholic Bishops

Posted: Updated:

For the first time in fifty years, the Vice President of the United States Conference of Bishops, running for the top job, does not get it.

The person involved is Tucson Catholic Bishop Gerald Kicanas.

Bishop Gerald Kicanas was the Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  He was a considered to be a shoe in to be the next president.

But it didn't turn out that way.

Instead, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York received 54% of the vote to just 46% for Kicanas.

The bishop was not available for comment, but he did release a statement, "I respect the wisdom of my brother bishops in choosing their new president and vice president.  I greatly appreciated their expressions of thanks to me for my service as vice president.  I look forward to continuing to do whatever I can to further the work of the conference."