• Why Naumann’s big win isn’t necessarily all about Pope Francis

    Why Naumann’s big win isn’t necessarily all about Pope Francis

    • Nov 15, 2017

    Elections within the U.S. bishops’ conference are more akin to races for department chairs at a university, or officers in a social club, than a U.S. congressional race, meaning that the personal often triumphs over the political. As a result, yesterday’s victory of Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas over Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago may have been in part a referendum on Pope Francis, but that’s hardly the only way to read it.