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CURRENT ISSUE:  January 10, 2011
VOL. 49, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
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Salvatore J. Cordileone, bishop of Oakland, is the new chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Com-mittee for the Defense of Marriage. Bishop Cordileone succeeds Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., who was elected vice president of the conference in November.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the bishops’ conference, announced the appointment on Jan. 5.

“I am grateful for the leadership of Archbishop Kurtz and humbled by this opportunity to serve the bishops of the United States, the Church and our country on this most vital and defining issue of our day,” Bishop Cordileone said in a statement. “Marriage and the family are the essential coordinates for society. How well we as a society protect and promote marriage and the family is the measure of how well we stand for the inviolable dignity and good of every individual in our society, without exception. The consequences for our future — especially that of our nation’s children — cannot be greater and must not be ignored.”

Bishop Cordileone, a current member of the ad hoc committee, is also a member of the USCCB Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance. In addition to his extensive background in the area of the canonical understanding of marriage, he also brings experience in the work of preserving the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman in California.

The ad hoc committee was established by the U.S. bishops in the fall of 2008 with the support of the Knights of Columbus. At the bishops’ 2010 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, then-president of the USCCB, announced that Defense of Marriage would be transitioning into a subcommittee under the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, which is chaired by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind. That transition will occur during the first half of this year.

— Staff Report

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