New York Archbishop Announced

 News today:

Dolan to take over as
archbishop of New York

By Annysa Johnson
of the Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, whose gregarious pastoral style endeared him to a Catholic community in need of a morale boost, was named archbishop of New York this morning.

Sources with knowledge of the appointment said Sunday that Pope Benedict XVI would name the 59-year-old Dolan to succeed retiring Cardinal Edward M. Egan. The appointment was made official early today.

Dolan will take over an archdiocese of 2.5 million Catholics in what many consider the highest-profile position in the U.S. Catholic Church. The appointment all but ensures that Dolan ultimately will be named a cardinal.

This excerpt shows that Archbishop Dolan is an example of what all bishops should be!

Catholic critics complain that Dolan toes the Vatican line and does not abide dissent.

May God give him all the graces he needs to deal with the very different dynamics of New York compared with the Midwest!

Dolan will face his own challenges in New York, one of the most complex and ethnically diverse archdiocese in the country, in a media capital of the world where he will be scrutinized by outside and special interests in a way he has not been in Milwaukee, say experts on the Vatican and the Catholic Church in America.

Among the challenges, they said: persuading New Yorkers that he understands the history and character of the place; getting a handle on the administrative complexities of an operation the size of a Fortune 500 company; and handling financial pressures that will likely necessitate more parish and school closures.

In addition, he will be expected to be a spokesman for the U.S. church – a critical position now because the new president, Barack Obama, is seen as being at odds with some core Catholic teachings, said John Allen, a well-known Catholic Church observer who covers the Vatican for the National Catholic Reporter.

“The archbishop of New York is expected to be a national leader,” and his concerns are not exclusively the local church,” Allen said. “This is the big difference between Milwaukee and New York.”

See full article at
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/40067412.html
and numerous others that will surely be available. In addition to reading the full article, notice the section “The Dolan File” in the left sidebar of that page.

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