New New York Archbishop Gets Right to Work
Now, two years after Egan turned in his resignation, as required by Church law, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan to take over. The 59-year-old Irish-American, who served in Milwaukee for six and a half years, jumped right into the saddle, co-celebrating Mass at St. Patrick's this morning and giving a press conference.
The Times says Dolan has "disappointed advocates for victims of sexual abuse" -- but what American bishop hasn't? -- while the Daily News says he "came out strongly against pedophile priests, publishing the names of 43 clergymen who were found to be abusers." A commenter at the Catholic Commonweal site says, "I attended the 2004 Erasmus Lecture given by Dolan, sponsored by [conservative Catholic magazine] First Things. He was certainly a contrast to the domineering [Richard John] Neuhaus. He seemed refreshingly humble." Others describe Dolan as a "glad-hander," which would make a change from the distant Egan, and might charm a public that hasn't seen Church management on the hustings for a while. Now let's see how quickly Benedict makes him a cardinal. Photo via Archdiocese of Milwaukee.