Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in California..
Female cardinals and Vatican-ordered surveys of lay Catholics?
Cardinal Dolan of New York, the outgoing president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the newly elected USCCB president, marked the change of guard at the nation's largest religious body with a Nov. 13 appearance on "CBS This Morning."
Charlie Rose acknowledged Archbishop Kurtz's new role at the helm of the USCCB, but most of the conversation was about the "Francis Effect." Cardinal Dolan confirmed reports of an increase in mass attendence, confession and (maybe this was wishful thinking) collections ...