His Eminence Aces Italian, Ready To Receive The Red Hat On Saturday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Archbishop Timothy Dolan will be elevated to cardinal  on Saturday, but before the big ceremony, Dolan was the keynote speaker to the College of Cardinals on Friday.

Photos: Scenes From Vatican City

Pope Benedict XVI led the Cardinals in prayer, with Archbishop Dolan joining the Pontiff at the front of the hall, just to his right in a position of honor.

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Apologizing for his rusty Italian, Dolan peppered his remarks with his trademark good humor. He told the cardinals that evangelizing in today’s world required its missionaries to live and spread the faith with love, joy and “sorry to bring it up, but blood.”

He noted how cardinals wear scarlet cassocks to symbolize their willingness to shed blood as martyrs for the faith and make a pledge during the consistory to die as martyrs, if necessary.

“Holy Father, can you omit the ‘shedding of your blood’ when you present me with the biretta?” Dolan asked the pope. “Of course not! We are but ‘scarlet audio-visual aids’ for all of our brothers and sisters also called to be ready to suffer and die for Jesus.”

While the subject matter was deadly serious, Dolan’s delivery lightened the mood of the otherwise somber Vatican. The Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, took pains to tell journalists how appreciative the cardinals were of Dolan’s “lively” remarks.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With Reaction From Cardinal Egan In Vatican City

Edward Cardinal Egan pinch hit, as he put it, at a St. Peter’s Basilica Mass that Cardinal-designate Dolan was scheduled to celebrate after all the Cardinals-to-be were called to a meeting with the pope.

Along with Egan, dozens of New York priests and hundreds of pilgrims celebrated Mass at the Altar of the Chair of the first Pope, St. Peter.

Marion Imperatore of Dutchess County spoke to CBS 2’s Tony Aiello about the experience.

“It’s thrilling, just thrilling. This is the seat of Christianity!” she said.

“He missed his own Mass! But he was here in spirit, definitely here in spirit,” added pilgrim Lanette Turicchi.

Egan said that Dolan’s speech to the College of Cardinals and the pope about the new evangelization went very well.

“Oh, his talk was very very fine. He spoke in Italian and I think you know you get a little rusty when you’re away for a while, eh? But he did a very very good job and he had a couple of little jokes in there, you know,” said Egan.

Cardinal Egan said he was watching the Pope during the talk and in Egan’s words “I can assure you he enjoyed it thoroughly.”

The cardinal-designate has been making the rounds while in Italy. Wearing an NYPD cap, he greeted pilgrims Thursday at the famed restaurant “Cecilia Matella.”

“He is just accessible all the time. We got back to our hotel last night after Mass and he was there,” said Putnam County resident Diane Sclafani.

Back here at home, crews at St. Patrick’s Cathedral are getting ready for Dolan’s return.

The bishop’s throne, located on the altar, is being changed from green to red, the cardinal’s colors. The carpet surrounding it also will be red.

Dolan is one of 22 men who will be elevated to the rank of cardinal on Saturday. Cardinals are the pope’s top advisers. The elite group of churchmen will eventually elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.

As of Saturday, Italy will have 30 cardinals out of the 125 under age 80. Only the United States comes close with 12, including the two new red hats going to Dolan and Cardinal-designate Edwin O’Brien, the former archbishop of Baltimore and native of the Bronx who is now grand master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, which raises money for the church in the Holy Land.

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Comments (19)
  1. Mark says:

    It’s sad to see the anti-Catholic bigotry and anger, the ignorance and hateful remarks by so many who post here. Can’t you say anything nice about the world, and about this man? I feel sorry for all you who have posted ignorant and hateful remarks, but please know that I will be praying for you … just as Cardinal Dolan, I’m sure, will be praying joyfully for each of you!

    1. Rodin says:

      A textbook case of the uniquely Christian passive-agressive, holier-than-thou, self-righteous syndrome. Orwellian Doublespeak (language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words} at its worst. The pot calling the kettle black. Bigoted is the sexist, misogynous, homophobic Catholic Church, the Church of the Crusades and the Inquisition, the Church of Nazi Germany (“I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so.” ~ Adolph Hitler), Fascist Italy and Nationalist Spain, always the oppressor, the repressor of ideas, the persecutor of “heretics.” Just who is ignorant … or in denial?

      Want “hateful remarks?” Go listen to blustering Brooklyn Bishop Di Marzio, to Bill Donohue of the one-man Catholic “League”. How often these pray for their prey!

      “Nothing fails like prayer.” ~ ANNIE LAURIE GAYLOR

      The arrogance of piety! Who are YOU to pray for ME, you sanctimonious, superstitious minion? How superior this prayer must make you feel! You feel sorry for me, you pathetic, parasitic sycophant? “To thine own self be true.” (Wm. Shakespeare, Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78)

      “Who knows most, doubts most.” ~ ROBERT BROWNING

      Ignorant? It’s the Atheist who doubts, questions, searches, studies, learns discerns. (See the NY Times’ “Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans,” 9-28-10,
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/us/28religion.html?scp=1&sq=atheists%20religious%20knowledge&st=cse ) Believers are limited by their faith. They’re so ‘convinced’ they never wonder. Besides, they’re not allowed. BTW, I was old school educated by the good Jesuit fathers who taught me to question, for which I will always be grateful.

      “A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.” ~ MARK TWAIN

      The world is not a “nice” place. The denial of the existence of any righteous, loving gØd is daily displayed in the press. Neither is this man Dolan “nice” who has marauded through three dioceses (St. Louis, Milwaukee and NY) protecting perv priests. This is the man the fascist Pope anoints to evangelize the dwindling, disenchanted Catholic flock, this power-mongering, wannabe first American Pope!

      Delusional and misinformed, all assumptions Hateful? “The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.” ~ George Bernard Shaw.

      With the loss of gØd went the fear of death; found peace of mind instead, tolerance, self-determination, self-reliance, self-respect, accountability and responsibility for my deeds, good or bad. My Epiphany! My Rapture, no Doomsday!

      Angry? Yes, at the insidious, pervasive, increasing, unwanted intrusion of religious messiahs of all stripes into government and personal and secular affairs.

      “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.” ~ GEORGE WASHINGTON

  2. Mo says:

    Disgusting misogynist who wants to play dress up but hates women and gay men, uh, I mean, most of the priests in his own parish.

    1. Mo says:

      …and doesn’t want women to have control over their own bodies. Can you imagine these people having any power if they didn’t promise salvation? Wake up, Catholics, you can still believe in the goodness of the Lord without supporting this corrupt, hate-filled institution.

  3. LINSUCKS says:

    Dolan is excited to be a Cardinal in NYC were men interested in other mens rectums is supported by the Mayor and other degenerates in NYC council

    1. Rodin says:

      …and men interested in CHILDREN’s rectums are supported by the (now) Cardinal and his Church. Let men play with men, not children.

      (By your moniker I surmise you’re also a racist.)

  4. Frustrated101 says:

    Unable to locate what time is ithe elevation to take place. If you direct listeners to the websie so that you don’t waste the time on air please be complete with the information. This always happens you tell us to go to your website and most of the time I’m never able to locate the details of the stories. It is very frustraing.

    On the top of your page you tell us to watch the elevation and Whiney’s Funeral AT WHAT TIME???????


    1. Rodin says:

      Watching either is the bigger waste of time.

  5. Sue says:

    Can;t we just leave ‘Happy Smurf’ where he is right now?? Over there he might actually learn to keep his mouth shut a bit, and stay out of politics as well. The Italian government for sure would not tolerate his constant meddling and would find something for him to do………..

      1. EWagner635 says:

        Rodent, who are you to cast a stone?

        1. Rodin says:

          Don’t quote the Babble to me. It speaks volumes about your own lack of personal moral convictions. I may not be perfect but I don’t harbor pervs. I’m not sexist or misogynous, I’m not homophobic and I have no compulsion to impose my religious dogmas on the rest of humanity.

          Hooray for me!!!

          Elevate Dolan like a hog carcass, like.they did Mussolini, by the feet,

          1. Rodin says:


            I wonder why those without rational arguments must resort to insult and mockery? Especially those who stand on religious grounds.

            “Say absolutely anything you want about me except that I drink water.” ~ W.C. Fields

  6. Jayne says:

    He’s a danger to civilzation just like all the other zealots.

  7. M McMann says:

    Smiling at the theft of all the money millions of dollars the NY Archdiocese
    stole from we taxpayers that was meant to save St.Vincent’s hospital
    downtown ,time to tax this RC church it is really a big business.

    1. Rodin says:

      Italy Plans to Tax the Church on Commercial Property
      The New York Times: February 16, 2012

      ROME — Over the years, the Italian government has quietly passed scores of laws that benefit the Roman Catholic Church, but it is rare for it to issue a public statement announcing that it intends to strip the church of privileges.

      The government of Prime Minister Mario Monti took that step on Wednesday, telling the European Commission that it would change Italian law to ensure that the church pays property tax on the parts of its buildings used for commercial ends.

      The church owns vast amounts of property in Italy, and the move is aimed at making sure that convents that offer bed-and-breakfast services or church buildings that rent space to shops pay their share of taxes.


      America, follow the example and THEN SOME.

      Start with an import duty for that ring and crucifix he’s getting. Gifts from overseas are taxable for other Americans. Equal treatment for for the CC.

  8. Rodin says:

    He’s overjoyed over his new red dress and Easter bonnet and doing the Jameson jig.

    1. truth says:

      you’re a fool,grow up.

      1. Rodin says:

        You think he isn’t, this bigot in a dress?

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