Archbishop Dolan to New York
February 23, 2009
Confirming rumors that have circulated for weeks, the Vatican today announced that Archbishop Timothy Dolan will be installed on April 15 as head of the New York archdiocese. Archbishop Dolan, who has served since 2002 as Archbishop of Milwaukee, will replace Cardinal Edward Egan, who is retiring just a few weeks short of his 77th birthday.
Born in St. Louis in 1950, Timothy Dolan was ordained to the priesthood in 1976. In 1994 he was appointed rector of the North American College in Rome, where he regularly played host to visiting prelates and supervised the education of some of America's most gifted seminarians. In 2001 he became an auxiliary bishop of the St. Louis archdiocese. He moved to Milwaukee the following year to succeed Archbishop Rembert Weakland, whose mandatory retirement at the age of 75 was promptly accepted by the Vatican in light of an emerging scandal.
An extremely affable man, Archbishop Dolan combines a reputation for doctrinal orthodoxy with a pronounced tendency to defuse controversy with humor. Commenting on the appointment, John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter observed that the choice of Archbishop Dolan to lead the Catholic Church in America's media center confirms Pope Benedict's preference for bishops who represent "the center-right with a human face." Prelates like Archbishop Dolan, Allen explained, are "basically conservative in both their politics and their theology, but also upbeat, pastoral figures given to dialogue."
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