However, the USA bishops voted by a margin of 96 to 82 for the other candidate, Archbishop Naumann.
The committee has been led by a cardinal since the mid-1980s, and the rejection of Cardinal Cupich will be seen as marking the bishops' emphasis on abortion over other political issues, as well a degree of scepticism about Pope Francis's approach.
- Committee on Pro-Life Activities: Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, over Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, 96-82.
The chairman-elect of the communications committee is Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, who garnered 116 votes to Bishop John Barres of Rockville Centre's 70 votes.
In the selection of a new conference Secretary, which brings membership in the executive committee, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City lost to Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron by a vote of 88 to 96. The Committee on Cultural Diversity saw Bishop Nelson Perez of Cleveland facing off against Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux and Bishop Perez won on a vote of 107 to 77.
At their June meeting the bishops voted to make their ad hoc Committee on Religious Liberty a standing Committee. Those elected will serve for one year before beginning three-year terms at the conclusion of the bishops' 2018 fall general assembly.
- Committee on National Collections: Bishop Joseph R. Cistone of Saginaw, Mich., over Archbishop Michael O. Jackels of Dubuque, Iowa, 124-65. Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori served as chairman of the committee since its creation in 2011. Kurtz will assume leadership of the committee immediately. The religious liberty subcommittee, which had been a temporary committee until bishops decided to make it permanent earlier this year, will be headed by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, a former president of the U.S.C.C.B. After a long debate on Monday, the bishops decided against issuing a special message on immigration, although they did urge Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who serves as president of the conference, to release of a statement on the matter. Delivering his homily on Sunday at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Baltimore, Cardinal Parolin invoked this past "as the Church in your country seeks to provide healing, comfort, and hope to new waves of migrants and refugees".