The cardinal as card

From the NY Post:

His new post as a cardinal comes with a princely red hat, but Archbishop Timothy Dolan isn’t letting the promotion go to his head.

When asked by a reporter yesterday whether he should be called an archbishop or a cardinal-designee, the portly priest flashed his famous sense of humor.

“Just call me for dinner,” Dolan quipped.

He said he didn’t expect there to be too many additional duties with his new position.

“Maybe one or two more trips to Rome a year, which I don’t mind at all,” Dolan said after Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “Maybe I’ll eat a little more gnocchi.”

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8 responses to “The cardinal as card”

  1. I’m a little curious here. Several people were made cardinal, I think even another from the US, but most of the news on Google or Patheos is about Cardinal Dolan. I take it Dolan is particularly notable then, but I guess I don’t know much about him.

  2. As Archbishop of New York and President of the USCCB, Archbishop Dolan is perhaps better know than Archbishop Edwin O’Brien. O’Brien is originaly a New York priest who went on the be the Archbishop of the Military Archdiocese and then Archbishop of Baltimore. He was recently made Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Rome.

  3. Many people were puzzled when the Archbishop of New York was not made a Cardinal last time, maybe because Archbishop Wuerl of Washington was named. I think they are celebrating this time.

  4. Good explanations here and below. New York is the second-largest diocese, behind Los Angeles which I was pretty sure was the largest, and President of the USCCB is something to boot.

  5. Archbishop Dolan was not named a Cardinal in the conclave of 2010 because his predecessor Cardinal Egan resides in New York and was 78 at the time. Since Cardinal Egan turns 80 on April 2, 2012 and automatically loses his vote in the conclave, the tradition of not having multiple electors from the same see is now maintained.

  6. Archbishop Dolan’s cheerfulness is a breath of fresh air, and he certainly is using his “heartiness” to confuse the media who would like to paint bishops as reactionary scolds. But after a short while, the back slapping, guffawing, and fat man jokes wear thin (pardon the pun). A lot of Dolan’s flock are really struggling with weight problems, and many others in New York do not have enough food to eat. Very stout clergy can be a scandal. I know that St. Thomas Aquinas was fat – but unless you can produce a Summa Theologiae, it is better to set a healthy example. If Aquinas had watched is carbs, perhaps he would not have died at 49 and would have bequeathed much more of his genius to the Church. I’d like to have Dolan around for a while, and it is a matter of responsibility to his people to take care of himself. Fat jokes are really sad jokes.

  7. I’m guessing this is also a joke/humor. People died in their 40s then. Also weight doesn’t always relate to premature death as I find one retired Yokozuna (sumo champion) who’s in his 70s and I think some centenarians were not at perfect BMI. (Although obesity, as opposed to overweightness, usually does reduce lifespan)

  8. Looks like the Pope is siding with Dolan on gay marriage.

    “Pope Benedict XVI denounced gay marriage in his annual “State of the World” address Monday, going so far as to say the same-sex nuptials threaten the future of humanity.

    In the speech, the pope, 84, unleashed what some consider being his strongest tirade against gay marriage, saying it is among conventions that “undermine the family” and “threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” Reuters reported.”

    “Next month, the pope will elevate New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to cardinal. Dolan, a leading opponent of gay marriage, once sent a letter to President Obama, blasting the administration for not supporting a federal ban on gay marriage.

    Dolan said Obama’s decision could “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions.””

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