Archbishop Timothy Dolan Among 22 New Cardinals Named By Pope Benedict XVI

'It’s As If Pope Benedict Is Putting Red Hat On Top Of Empire State Building'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Pope Benedict the XVI has named 22 new cardinals and among them, Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

Pope Benedict will elevate the 61-year-old Dolan to cardinal along with 21 others from Hong Kong, Berlin, Prague and from some key Vatican offices.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With The Cardinal-Designate

Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict in February of 2009. He had earlier served as archbishop of Milwaukee after being named to the post by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

“You know, as a kid, I wanted to be a parish priest. To be a cardinal is awesome,” Dolan told CBS 2’s John Slattery.

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Dolan broke the news to worshipers at the end of morning Mass Friday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

“I called mom last night. She said, ‘it’s about time.’ Only a mom can say that,” he said.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman With Reaction From Parishioners

“Every mass is a great act of thanksgiving, this adds some special fervor for me as I thank Almighty God for the new call to service,” Dolan said.

In a statement following the announcement, Dolan said, “I am honored, humbled, and grateful, …but, let’s be frank: this is not about Timothy Dolan; this is an honor from the Holy Father to the Archdiocese of New York, and to all our cherished friends and neighbors who call this great community home.”

“It’s as if Pope Benedict is putting the red hat on top of the Empire State Building, or the Statue of Liberty, or on home plate at Yankee Stadium; or on the spires of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral or any of our other parish churches,” he added. “This is not about new clothes and colors and a new hat. Jesus warned us about that stuff.”

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Many Catholic New Yorkers are delighted by the promotion.

“I’m so happy for him,” Cora Vasconcelos told CBS 2. “He’s a lovely man.”

“I think it’s great,” Joe Caracuel said. “He’s a great representavie of the diocese.  He’s a great leader.”

“I think he’s very outgoing very pleasant, that’s what I find about him,” Maureen McDonough said, adding when asked if Dolan will look good in a red hat, “Yes, indeed he will!”

Even Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner joined in, offering his congratulations.

“He has been a wonderful source of inspiration and spiritual guidance for the entire New York community during his tenure,” Steinbrenner said in a statement. “We look forward to many more years of his grace and leadership.”

Dolan was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1960 and knew early in life that he wanted to be a priest. He was ordained in 1976 and earned a doctorate in American Church History at the Catholic University of America.

Eleven years later, he was appointed to a five-year term as secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. Between 1994 and June 2001, he served as the rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

In 2001, Dolan was named the Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis by Pope John Paul II. Last November, he was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The jubilation over the appointment wasn’t lost on his brother, whom CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reached in Milwaukee.

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“We’d heard the rumors that there was probably gonna be a consistory in February, but until you hear the actual confirmation, it really doesn’t hit you.  Really doesn’t sink in so when he called last night, it was a great phone call, short phone call. He’s very proud and he’s very humble,” Bob Dolan said.

Dolan’s new position will make him eligible to elect a new pope, should the occasion arise.  He succeeded Cardinal Edward Egan, who retired and is still eligible to vote for a pope until his 80th birthday in April. The city will have two cardinals.

Egan released a statement saying,” I extended to him my heartfelt congratulations and assured him of my prayers. This is wonderful news for the cardinal-designate and for the entire community of faith that he serves so well.”

Pope Benedict said he will elevate the 22 new cardinals in a ceremony on Feb. 18.

Rabbi Noam Marans of the American Jewish Committee said that Dolan’s promotion is a cause for New York Jews to celebrate.

“He has gone out of his way to speak about the Jewish community, the history of Catholic-Jewish relations, to appear in Jewish venues,” Rabbi Marans told CBS 2’s Aiello.

And the American Jewish Committee may return the favor by sending a representative to Rome next month.

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One Comment

  1. Bullett says:

    Archbishop Dolan appears to be a peoples priest, and well deserving of the title Cardinal.

  2. Benjamin Brackman says:

    Note to the editors (Correction): Archbishop (now Cardinal)Timothy Dolan was born in 1950, not 1960 as your article states.

  3. TruthBeTold says:

    Congratulations Archbishop Dolan! The Left hates you because you are against every single thing they favor. To all the haters who leave comments here? We Dolan supporters take great solace in Mark 13:13. God Bless Archbishop (soon to be Cardinal) Timothy Dolan! May one day you become the FIRST American Pope!

  4. Gowns & Whiskey says:

    The photo is great showing a screwed up twisted face of a pompous
    gown wearing leader of the church of Rome. What a show! What a show!
    Guilt makes money. The church is losing it’s congregation perhaps this is
    the era when we see through these fake Gods who claim to intervene with
    God after attending school for a few years , one day we may realize that
    other holy beliefs are out there ,that are kinder about we humans having
    faults and merits. Funny that the picture the RC church has of Jesus is
    a tall guy first painted by an Italian artist ,funny for the mid east looking
    men that were the inspiration for the Bible. One can go on & on ….

  5. Vernon Hell says:

    Bush education: No child left behind.
    Catholic education: No child’s behind left.

  6. THE RABBI says:


    1. Julie says:

      Here’s hoping your ISP has been collected “rabbi” and you get your sorry bigoted arse sued for posting LIES about Archbishop Dolan.

  7. Dominick Speziale says:

    Why should belonging to a cabal of self-hating, self-abnegating, cross-dressing queens be news? Bad enough the Council of Bishops. Worse, the house of Cardinals. Where will this madness, after centuries of evil end? The RC church is one of the most invidious institutions created by man. Do you mean to elevate it?

    1. Vernon Hell says:

      5 years ago, the new Pope of Rome gave the infamous “Regensburg Lecture,” dredging up a quote from a beleaguered Byzantine emperor in the waning days of his empire to attack Islam. Ratzinger later apologized, sort of. After all, a Pope who claims infallibility cannot really apologize, so he said he was sorry for the results of his words, if not their actuality.

      The media gave Ratzinger a pass, chalking it up to a rookie mistake, but this evil Pope was really trying to sucker the West into a new round of Crusades. The first Crusades were abject failures in which thousands of interloping Christians were captured and cruelly put to death. Many prisoners were forced to perform oral sex on their captors and some were surgically altered for use as harem guards. Pity there was was no YouTube then.

      The irony is that the Byzantine Empire lasted a scant 50 years after the 1391 quote, and that is about how long the Roman anachronism has left. Too bad I probably will not live to see the Vatican in rubble.

  8. M. Seigel says:

    Why do the Jews have to be happy about this appointment given the Church of Rome’s history against the Jewish people ,who is this puppet Rabbi speaking
    that this Arch-Bishop is a good guy because he has recognized Jew’s.

  9. Wagner guy says:

    The kids in the poor communities can’t be to happy about his
    closing their local schools because of money and politics ,the church
    has forgotten what the original reason was to build church’s in the Bronx
    Queens and Brooklyn ,to be closer to the faithful ,now they are closer
    to the stock market. getting more phony and egotistical each year.
    One day these false gods will tumble with there gowns of gold and fairy

  10. Luthur Justice says:

    Not exactly putting a red hat on our Empire State building perhap’s
    one day more properly it should be a RED FLAG as many of us wish
    to know where the RC church put the millions of dollars that was given to
    them by we taxpayers to save Saint Vincent’s Hospital,downtown.
    Anyone out there investigating this ?…. Nah!

  11. EWagner635 says:

    Are you one of them? Or do you wish you were you pervert.

    1. RealityCheck says:

      You should know ewaggie, you should know.

  12. Scott Rose says:

    The media should not be reporting on this criminal without simultaneously reporting on his victims. Dolan successfully fought proposed legislation to lift the statute of limitations on child rape in Wisconsin and soon thereafter was moved to NYC and made President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. New York State Senator Thomas Duane’s proposed S3333 would lift the statute of limitations for prosecution of child rape in NY — a Duane staffer told me that if I think Dolan fights hard against marriage equality, I should know that that is nothing, compared to how viciously he fights against the lifting of the statutes of limitations for the prosecution of child rape. Just last year, another Church child rape crime ring came to light in Philadelphia — 37 of the priests named in the indictment can not be prosecuted because of the statutes. This past week, some victims were quoted in the Boston Globe and then the head of the Catholic League said that they should just get over it. There is nothing to celebrate about an organization that excommunicates one for ordaining a woman but not for raping children.

  13. Earl says:

    Congratulations Archbishop!

  14. Dave says:

    Dolan’s the man!!!!

  15. i think... says:

    …the catholic church=politicians

  16. Helen O'Hara says:

    Now Egan’s mother can finally stop asking when her son is going to be a Cardinal!

    I have just read a bio on Joe Kennedy, one of the most corrupt and immoral men that ever walked the earth and this new “Cardinal” writes about his son JFK! Whilst it was tragic what happened to Robert and John – they were far, far from saints and Egan’s purpose in life is to be a beacon of Christ’s light to the world and be a shepherd to CHRIST’S flock and not some popular biographer.

    If you have to write Egan write about the greatest men and women that ever lived – SAINTS – not some false catholic full of sin and vices.

    Incidentally where were you Egan when the same sex marriage law was being enacted. Oh that’s right in your study writing a book

    Benedict I love you dearly and pray everyday for you but surely you could have found someone better than this.

    GOD must be sick and tired of phony, baloney priests who feed their own egos. I feel very, very sad today for God – he doesn’t really have anyone.

    1. Me says:

      It’s Dolan not Egan

      1. CT Native says:

        Some people have their ownprivate agendas. SheeshW

    2. Dave says:

      Cardinal Egan is retired, get your facts straught lady!!!

  17. PL says:

    Congratulations to Archbishop Dolan. But: Couldn’t the liberal media find a more flattering photograph?

    1. Fishlore says:

      Could we stop whining about “the liberal media”?

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