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Allen offers 3 reasons why US bishops chose Dolan

November 17, 2010

Rather than endorsing the conservative-vs.-liberal analysis favored by so many reporters, John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter writes that the election of Archbishop Timothy Dolan as president of the US bishops’ conference can be attributed largely to the personality, talent, and position of the New York prelate.

Recognizing that their conference has an “image problem,” Allen suggests, the American bishops those “their most gifted natural communicator” for the top position. Moreover, Archbishop Dolan—who represents the nation’s most high-profile city, and will undoubtedly become a cardinal in time—“could go toe-to-toe with the heavyweights of the Roman Curia as a full equal,” thus protecting the clout of the American hierarchy.


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