Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan named to replace Cardinal Egan

February 23, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Pope Benedict XVI today officially named Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan to be the next archbishop of New York, replacing Cardinal Edward M. Egan. The appointment was announced in Washington, February 23, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Dolan, 59, will step into a job considered the highest-profile position in the U.S. Catholic Church, leading a flock of 2.5 million Catholics in three boroughs and seven counties.  It is the first time in the 200-year history that a prelate has been replaced before his death.

Archbishop Dolan is considered a genial enforcer of Rome’s ever more conservative writ laid down by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict, including firm opposition to abortion, birth control, divorce, gay marriage and any crack in the wall of priestly celibacy. While critics say that Dolan has not defrocked at least three priests who were found to have committed sexual abuse, he also came out strongly against pedophile priests, publishing the names of 43 clergymen who were found to be abusers. He also aggressively raised cash for struggling Catholic schools, launching a $105 million capital campaign in 2007.


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