Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, left of Louisville, Ky., was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Baltimore, Md. Here he is seen with the outgoing president New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Associated Press

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, left of Louisville, Ky., was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Baltimore, Md. Here he is seen with the outgoing president New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (AP)

The future should be quite interesting as the Catholic church wrestles with its relevancy in the lives of its American dalliers. AB Joseph Kurtz is a childhood neighbor of a very good friend of mine, and by all accounts, a stand-up guy; not that character or lineage has much to do with his ability to stop the hemorrhage of Catholics through the doors of the church.

Thoughts of an exodus permeate everyone’s mind at one time or another.

The ensuing connection, taut as it may be, holds or it does not.

Certainly, everything I know about life and loveā€¦ and disregard and fear, I acquired from the “vocations.” Vocations means priests, nuns, etc. The first mandate is that they have their own language.

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