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Kurtz speaks on new leadership role of U.S. Catholic bishops

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As Archbishop Joseph Kurtz begins his new role after being elected to lead the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the new president promised 200,000 Catholics in the 24 counties of the Louisville Archdiocese he'd continue his "steady pace."

In his first media blitz since accepting his new role, Kurtz said he'll continue tackling social issues, immigration injustices and sexual abuse. To balance his new responsibilities, Kurtz said he is staying wired.  

"Through social contact and social media, I'm able to do much of the work right at my desk," said Kurtz. "Thank God for the Internet." 

It's that approach he'll use to reach out to alienated Catholics who may have drifted away.  

"We're working on the new evangelization," Kurtz said, which is a Catholic concept to re-ignite faith. 

Kurtz also acknowledged room to improve immigration policies.  

"The policies are frayed," Kurtz said. "They're broken and we need to have just immigration laws."  

His new responsibilities mean more influence; not exactly what critics hope for in Catholic leadership after cases of sexual abuse.  

"Here in Louisville there's been very little in the way of reaching out to families and victims," said Cal Pfeifer, a spokesperson for Survivors Network of the Abused by Priests.

Kurtz claims he's committed to keeping perpetrators accountable.

"[We have] zero tolerance," said Kurtz, "so there's no one in active ministry at the Archdiocese of Louisville who has a credible allegation against them."

Kurtz is continuing a heavy itinerary. He's traveling to Mexico to represent the USCCB this weekend and is also planning a trip to Chicago next week.

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