During the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's Fall General Assembly, being held from November 12-15 in Baltimore, Bishop Kevin J. Farrell was elected as treasurer-elect/chairman-elect of the Committee on Budget and Finance in a 123-113 vote over Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse, New York. The treasurer-elect and chairmen-elect will assume leadership of their respective committees in November 2013.
The U.S. bishops' fall general assembly in Baltimore began with an emphasis on conversion and a return to the sacrament of penance.
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, told the bishops at the start of the Nov. 12-15 meeting that he could imagine the criticism he might get for emphasizing penance when there are plenty of "controversies and urgent matters for the church right now." But he stressed that the bishops cannot engage culture, dialogue with others or confront challenges unless they first recognize their own sins and experience the grace of repentance.
The bishops' assembly, which opened nearly a week after Election Day, also included discussions about religious liberty and marriage.
The full transcript of Cardinal Dolan's Presidential Address can be read here:
USCCB General Assembly 2012 November - Presidential Address.