Obama Supporter Named New Chair of US Bishops' National Review Board
His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed Diane Knight, retired executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, as the new chair of the National Review Board. Knight has been a member of the National Review Board since 2007.
Knight holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A former member of the Code of Ethics Task Force of Catholic Charities USA, Knight serves on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Community Advisory Board, which advises the archbishop and the archdiocesan victim assistance coordinator.
Ms. Knight was also a supporter of Barack Obama in the recent presidential election. Her appointment is considered a slap by the Cardinal and his brother bishops at the hard right-wing element within the Church that seeks to drive Democrats out of the church and away from the communion rail.
Previous chairs include Professor Nicholas Cafardi (2004-5), former dean of the Duquesne University Law School and also an Obama supporter.