(NOTE TO READERS: This is an article from 2017)

Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich on Tuesday lost a key election to chair the Right to Life Committee for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Instead, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City won with 54 pecent of the vote. That makes him the first non-cardinal to win that chairmanship in at least 30 years.

Rocco Palmo, who closely follows the Catholic Church and writes the popular Whispers in the Loggia blog called the result “a genuine shocker.”

This vote by the American bishops, rejecting Cupich for the Right to Life post, is a key sign that Cupich is not as popular with his fellow bishops as his predecessor Cardinal Francis George.

Full story at NBC Chicago.