Timothy M. Dolan
|His Eminence Timothy Michael Dolan|
|Archbishop of New York|
|Appointed||February 23, 2009|
|Enthroned||April 15, 2009|
|Ordination||June 19, 1976
by Edward Thomas O'Meara
|Consecration||August 15, 2001
by Justin Francis Rigali
|Created Cardinal||February 18, 2012|
February 6, 1950 |
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
|Parents||Robert and Shirley (née Radcliffe)|
|Motto||Ad Quem Ibimus (English: To Whom Shall We Go?,(John 6:68)|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
|Ordination history of Timothy M. Dolan|
|Ordained by||Edward Thomas O'Meara|
|Date of ordination||19 June 1976|
|Principal consecrator||Justin F. Rigali|
|Co-consecrator||Joseph Fred Naumann|
|Co-consecrator||Michael John Sheridan|
|Date of consecration||15 August 2001|
|Place of Consecration||Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, St. Louis, Missouri|
|Date elevated to cardinal||18 February 2012|
|Bishops consecrated by Timothy M. Dolan as principal consecrator|
|William P. Callahan, O.F.M. Conv.||21 December 2007|
|Terry R. LaValley||30 April 2010|
Timothy Michael Dolan (born February 6, 1950) is an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, Dolan is the tenth and current Archbishop of New York. Dolan also currently serves as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and was granted the titular position as Cardinal Priest of Nostra Signora di Guadalupe a Monte Mario (English: Our Lady of Guadalupe of Mount Mario) in Rome.
Dolan is widely known for his conservative values and charismatic media personality. He previously served as Archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009, preceded by service as an Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis from 2001 to 2002. Time Magazine named Dolan one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" for 2012.
Cardinal Dolan was named in the press as a likely papabile (a possible or likely successor) for election to the Papacy after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation due to ill health, effective February 28, 2013. However, on March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected instead, and took the name Pope Francis.
The eldest of five children, Timothy Dolan was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Robert (d. 1977) and Shirley (née Radcliffe) Dolan. His father was an aircraft engineer, working as a floor supervisor at McDonnell Douglas. He has two brothers, one of whom is a former radio talk-show host, and two sisters. The family later moved to Ballwin, a suburb of St. Louis, where they attended Holy Infant Roman Catholic Church. He exhibited a strong interest in the Roman Catholic priesthood from an early age, once saying, "I can never remember a time I didn't want to be a priest." He would also pretend to celebrate Mass as a child.
Formation and Priesthood 
Dolan entered Saint Louis Preparatory Seminary in Shrewsbury, Missouri in 1964, and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College. He was sent by Cardinal John Carberry to further his studies in Rome, where he attended the Pontifical North American College, and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum from which he earned the degree of Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1976.
Dolan was ordained a priest by Edward O'Meara (Archbishop of Indianapolis, then Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis) on June 19, 1976. He then served as an associate pastor at Curé of Ars in Shrewsbury and Immacolata Roman Catholic Parish in Richmond Heights until 1979. From there he began his doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America under John Tracy Ellis with a concentration on the history of the Church in America; his thesis centered on Edwin Vincent O'Hara (Archbishop). Dolan performed pastoral work upon his return to Missouri from 1983 to 1987. During this time he collaborated with Archbishop John May in reforming the archdiocesan seminary.
He was then named secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., serving as a liaison between American dioceses and the nunciature. In 1992, Dolan was appointed Vice-Rector of his alma mater Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, where he also served as spiritual director and taught Church history. He was also an adjunct professor of theology at St. Louis University.
From 1994 until June 2001, Dolan held the office of Rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. During his tenure he published Priests for the Third Millennium, and taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Angelicum. He also was granted the title of Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1994.
Episcopal career 
Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis 
On June 19, 2001, Dolan was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis and Titular Bishop of Natchesium by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 15 from Archbishop Justin Rigali, with Bishops Joseph Naumann and Michael Sheridan serving as co-consecrators. He chose as his episcopal motto: Ad Quem Ibimus, meaning, "Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?" (John 6:68) taken from St. John’s Gospel. 6:68.
Archbishop of Milwaukee 
On June 25, 2002, Dolan was named the tenth Archbishop of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was formally installed at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on August 28, 2002. Dolan said he was challenged and haunted by the sexual abuse scandal in that diocese, which broke during his tenure There were over 8,000 reports of abuse by in excess of 100 staff.
He took a special interest in priests and vocations, and the number of seminary enrollments also rose during his tenure. In an outdoor Mass in September 2002, Dolan wore a "cheesehead" hat in tribute to the Green Bay Packers during his homily. He also wrote Called to Be Holy (2005) and To Whom Shall We Go? Lessons from the Apostle Peter (2008), and co-hosted a television program with his brother called Living Our Faith.
In June 2012 it was revealed that Dolan "authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee" and that " a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims’ advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll".
Apostolic Administrator of Green Bay 
Archbishop of New York 
On February 23, 2009, Dolan was appointed the tenth Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, the nation's second-largest after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, serves over 2.5 million Roman Catholics. He succeeded Cardinal Edward Egan, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 in 2007. According to Dolan, he was informed of his appointment "nine, ten days" prior to the official announcement. Recalling the phone call he received from Apostolic Nuncio Pietro Sambi, as opposed to his appointments as Auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishop of St. Louis and Archbishop of Milwaukee when Dolan was told that the Pope "would like [him] to" take the posts, he said that Sambi "was quite factual" in that he told him that "the Pope had appointed [him]" to New York, giving Dolan little choice other than to accept.
The last time an Archbishop of New York was named without previously holding an office in the archdiocese's ranks came in 1939, when Pope Pius XII tapped close friend and then-Auxiliary Bishop Francis Spellman of the Archdiocese of Boston; however, Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor had served as an auxiliary to Cardinal Terence Cooke in the latter's capacity as head of the military ordinariate, not as Archbishop of New York.
Before Dolan's appointment, his name had been repeatedly mentioned as a possible successor to Cardinal Egan., but he downplayed such speculation, saying, "Anytime there's kind of a major see that opens, what have we seen with Washington, Baltimore, Detroit, now New York, my name for some reason comes up. I'm flattered." John Allen, Jr., Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, has noted that Pope Benedict's appointment of Dolan, like those of Donald Wuerl, Edwin O'Brien, and Dennis Schnurr, follows a pattern of choosing prelates "who are basically conservative in both their politics and their theology, but also upbeat, pastoral figures given to dialogue."
Dolan was formally installed as Archbishop of New York at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Easter Wednesday, April 15, 2009. He wore the pectoral cross used by his earlier predecessor John Hughes. In attendance were eleven cardinals and several New York elected officials.
He served as chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services (in which capacity he visited Ethiopia and India) until his election as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and he remains a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he chairs the Priestly Life and Ministry Committee and sits on the Subcommittee on the Church in Africa. In November 2007, he lost the election for Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, being defeated by Bishop Gerald Kicanas by a margin of twenty-two votes.
Dolan is also the apostolic visitor to Irish seminaries as part of the Apostolic visitation to Ireland following the publication of the Ryan and Murphy Reports in 2009. Dolan will form part of a team that will include Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the cardinal-archbishop emeritus of Westminster, who will inspect Cardinal Brady's archdiocese of Armagh, and Cardinal O'Malley of Boston who is to inspect Dublin. Toronto's Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins will investigate Cashel, while Ottawa's Archbishop Terrence Prendergast will look at the archdiocese of Tuam. Following the conclusion, he will report their findings directly to Pope Benedict XVI.
On January 5, 2011, he was appointed among the first members of the newly created Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.
In December 2011 Dolan was awarded the rank of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus by HRH Prince Victor Emmanuel.
In 2011 he led a root and branch review of all structures and processes at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. The report was highly critical of the college, as a result of which three Irish members of the staff were sent home and a fourth resigned. Four Irish archbishops, Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh; the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin; the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary, and the Archbishop of Cashel, Dr Dermot Clifford, were sent a copy of the visitation report by the Vatican. A response prepared for them said "a deep prejudice appears to have coloured the visitation and from the outset and it led to the hostile tone and content of the report". The visitation report said “a disturbingly significant number of seminarians gave a negative assessment of the atmosphere of the house”. Staff, it added, were “critical about any emphasis on Rome, tradition, the magisterium, piety or assertive orthodoxy, while the students are enthusiastic about these features”. A change in the staff was recommended. Elsewhere the report said: “The apostolic visitor noted, and heard from students, an ‘anti-ecclesial bias’ in theological formation.”
On December 29, 2011 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications for a five-year renewable term. On April 21, 2011 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
In 2012, Dolan expressed his public disappointment in the HHS Mandate promulgated by American President Barack Obama. In a televised CBS interview, Dolan condemned the interference of the government in, what he viewed, as dismissal of right to religious conscience and religious freedom regarding the mandatory compulsion of religious groups and organizations to provide abortifacient drugs and contraception insurance coverage to its hired employees, while at the same time against the moral tenets of the Roman Catholic faith After Barack Obama revised the rule, Dolan said the "first decision was a terribly misguided judgment" and said the new rule was "a first step".
President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 
Dolan was elected on November 16, 2010, to the presidency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, becoming the first New York bishop to attain the post. Dolan replaced Cardinal Francis George, who did not run for re-election. In a vote of 128–111, Dolan beat out nine others, including Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, to win the three-year term. Dolan took office two days later.
Elevation into the College of Cardinals 
On January 6, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI announced that Dolan would be created a cardinal at the consistory of the Church held on February 18, 2012. Archbishop Dolan was formally elevated to the cardinalate by Pope Benedict XVI on February 18, 2012, receiving the traditional red biretta and gold ring during a ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica. The day prior, he addressed the pope and the College of Cardinals on spreading the faith in a secularized world. He was created Cardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora di Guadalupe a Monte Mario. He was the first archbishop of New York not to receive the titular church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo since 1946, with that title still being held by Cardinal Egan, who is now archbishop emeritus of New York.
Conscience rights 
In November 2009, Dolan signed an ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration calling on evangelicals, Roman Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws permitting abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters that go against their religious consciences.
Iraq war 
While noting that the "Church has weighed in" against the war in Iraq and capital punishment, Dolan defended not publicly opposing President George W. Bush's earlier appearance at Notre Dame by saying, "Where President Bush would have taken positions on those two hot-button issues that I'd be uncomfortable with, namely the war and capital punishment, I would have to give him the benefit of the doubt to say that those two issues are open to some discussion and are not intrinsically evil...In the Catholic mindset, that would not apply to abortion." He later said he will challenge any suggestion that Roman Catholics are unenlightened because they oppose gay marriage and abortion.
Sexual abuse scandal 
In 2002, Archbishop Rigali assigned Dolan to investigate Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct in St. Louis. During the investigation, Dolan spoke with parishes, victims, and the media about the scandals, and invited victims of clerical abuse to come forward. Commenting on his meetings with them, Dolan said, "...[i]t is impossible to exaggerate the gravity of the situation, and the suffering that victims feel, because I've spent the last four months being with them, crying with them, having them express their anger to me." Dolan dismissed abusive priests, which earned him the ire of some St. Louis parishioners who remained loyal to their dismissed priests and referred to Dolan's investigation as a "witch hunt".
In 2011, Dolan thanked Bill Donohue for a press release, reproduced on the Archdiocese of New York website, in which Donohue referred to the non-profit support group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests as a "phony victims' group". In May 2012, the New York Times revealed that he had also paid some individual abusive priests upward of $20,000 to leave the priesthood immediately, rather than initiate hostile laicization proceedings within the Church. Dolan said that the accusation that these were "payoffs" to protect accused priests was "false, preposterous, and unjust".
World Trade Center attacks aftermath 
Dolan visited Ground Zero, the site of the September 11 attacks, on the following April 24. After reciting the same prayer used by Benedict XVI during his visit to the United States, Dolan remarked, "We will never stop crying. But it's also about September 12 and all the renewal, the rebuilding, hope, solidarity and compassion that symbolized this great community and still does." Dolan condemned as a miscarriage of justice the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and his reception in Libya.
Published books 
- Dolan, Timothy M. (1992). Some Seed Fell on Good Ground – The Life of Edwin V. O'Hara. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press. ISBN 978-0-8132-0748-3.
- Dolan, Timothy Michael (circa 1993). A Century of Papal Representation in the United States. South Orange, New Jersey: Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology of Seton Hall University. OCLC 3822-1938.
- Dolan, Monsignor Timothy M. (2000). Priests For The Third Millennium. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor. ISBN 978-0-87973-319-3. (A collection of talks given to the seminarians and priests at the Pontifical North American College, a school in Rome, Italy, for Roman Catholic seminarians and priests.)
- Dolan, Timothy M.; Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis (2001). Archdiocese of St. Louis – Three Centuries of Catholicism, 1700–2000. Strasbourg, France: Editions du Signe. ISBN 978-2-7468-0353-4.
- Dolan, Archbishop Timothy M. (2005). Called to Be Holy. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor. ISBN 978-1-59276-072-5.
- Dolan, Archbishop Timothy M. (2007). Advent Reflections – Come, Lord Jesus!. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor. ISBN 978-1-59276-393-1.
- Dolan, Archbishop Timothy M. (2009). Doers of the Word – Putting Your Faith into Practice. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor. ISBN 978-1-59276-639-0.
- Dolan, Archbishop Timothy M. (2009). To Whom Shall We Go? – Lessons from the Apostle Peter. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor. ISBN 978-1-59276-050-3.
See also 
- THE COAT OF ARMS OF HIS EMINENCE TIMOTHY MICHAEL CARDINAL DOLAN, PH.D, D.D. ARCHBISHOP OF NEW YORK. Accessed October 13, 2012
- "An American Pope? Eyes turn to New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan". The Washington Post. February 12, 2013.
- "Cardinal Timothy Dolan - a papal prospect - startled by pope's resignation". St. Louisan.
- "New Yorkers back Cardinal Timothy Dolan as replacement for Pope Benedict in Rome". Irish Central, The Irish Times.
- "The New Pope: Bergoglio of Argentina". The New York Times. March 13, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
- "Archbishop Dolan". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
- Powell, Michael (February 23, 2009). "A Genial Conservative for New York's Archdiocese". The New York Times.
- "As installation nears, Archbishop Dolan reflects on becoming Archbishop of New York". Catholic New York. April 9, 2009.
- "St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Timothy M. Dolan Named Archbishop of Milwaukee". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee. June 25, 2002.
- "Biography of Bishop Timothy M. Dolan". Madison Catholic Herald. June 25, 2002.
- Rice, Patricia (February 23, 2009). "Dolan to shepherd New York Catholics". St. Louis Becaon.
- McDonnell, Claudia (April 9, 2009). "Close-Knit Family". Catholic New York.
- Ribadeneira, Diego (October 31, 1197). "The secret lives of seminarians". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
- "St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Timothy M. Dolan Named Archbishop of Milwaukee". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. June 25, 2002.
- "Lawyer: More than 8,000 children abused by Milwaukee archdiocese priests – WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM". WTAQ. February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2012. "An attorney says at least 8,000 kids were sexually abused by over 100 priests and other offenders in the Milwaukee Catholic Diocese. Jeffrey Anderson made the assertion yesterday at a court hearing on the first compensation claims filed by abuse victims as part of church's bankruptcy proceedings. Anderson told Judge Susan Kelley that sealed bankruptcy documents outlined the extent of the abuse. He said the offenders include 75 priests who have not been previously named by the archdiocese. Anderson represents over half of the 570 victims who filed for compensation."
- Vitello, Paul (February 24, 2009). "A Guy's Guy: Dolan's Personality May Help Archdiocese Recruit More Priests". The New York Times.
- Dos Santos, Juliann (April 9, 2009). "'Joy Attracts Joy'". Catholic New York.
- Kandra, Greg (February 13, 2009). "Dolin' the dish on Dolan". The Deacon's Bench.
- Goodstein, Laurie (May 30, 2012). "In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers". The New York Times.
- "Dolan, Timothy M.". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
- "Rinuncia Dell'Arcivescovo Metropolita di New York (U.S.A.) e Nomina Del Successore". Holy See. February 23, 2009.
- Palmo, Rocco (February 23, 2009). "Interview #1". Whispers in the Loggia.
- Newman, Andy (April 21, 2008). "Egan May Be Leaving the Archdiocese Soon, Now That a Historic Visit Has Ended". The New York Times.
- Goodstein, Laurie (February 4, 2009). "Choice of a New Archbishop in New York Is Near, Speculation Suggests". The New York Times.
- Pentin, Edward (January 29, 2009). "Pope to Announce New Archbishop of New York". Newsmax.
- "Archbishop Dolan Comments On Possible NYC Future". WISN Milwaukee. February 8, 2009.
- Allen, Jr., John (February 23, 2009). "Benedict's U.S. appointments follow a pattern". National Catholic Reporter.
- "The Church Herself Begins". Whispers in the Loggia. April 15, 2009.
- Chan, Sewell and Cara Buckley (April 15, 2009). "The Installation of Archbishop Dolan". City Room.
- LENT: PATH OF CONVERSION AND OPENNESS TO DIVINE LOVE (February 17, 2010)
- Lajoie, Ron (April 9, 2009). "He's made a Positive Impression". Catholic New York.
- Bishops summoned to Rome for abuse crisis talks. Independent.ie. September 29, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- Di Membri Del Pontificio Consiglio Per La Promozione Della Nuova Evangelizzazione. Press.catholica.va. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- HRH Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy Honors Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York.
- Irish College staff in Rome given no right of reply
- Patsy McGarry (June 15, 2012). Vatican report critical of culture and ethos of Irish College in Rome. The Irish Times.
- Nomina Di Membri Del Pontificio Consiglio Delle Comunicazioni Sociali. Press.catholica.va (2011-12-29). Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- RINUNCE E NOMINE. 21 April 2012. (in Italian)
- Archbishop Dolan on contraception controversy – CBS News Video. Cbsnews.com (2012-02-09). Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- Timothy Dolan: Birth control tweak a "first step" – Political Hotsheet. CBS News. February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to make nine-day Israel trip | 7online.com
- Chabin, Michele. (2012-02-02) Cardinal-Designate Dolan and Fellow Priests on Pilgrimage Boost Holy Land Christians | Daily News. NCRegister.com. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- "Dolan Elected President of US Catholic Bishops Conference". CNN. November 16, 2010.
- Goodman, J. Goodman (January 6, 2012). "Archbishop Dolan to Become Cardinal". The New York Times.
- Pope makes NY's Timothy Dolan a cardinal
- Timothy Dolan receives red hat from Pope Benedict in Vatican City
- Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience. Demossnews.com. November 20, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- Palmo, Rocco (April 23, 2009). "Play Ball". Whispers in the Loggia.
- Zoll, Rachel (April 13, 2009). "Dolan to fight anti-Catholic bias". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Associated Press.
- Goodstein, Laurie (June 26, 2002). "Pope Chooses A Successor To Prelate In Milwaukee". The New York Times.
- "Gratitude to the Catholic League « The Gospel in the Digital Age". Blog.archny.org. August 11, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
- "In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers". Retrieved February 7, 2013.
- "New Archbishop Visits World Trade Center Site". NY1 News. April 24, 2009.
-  at the Archdiocese of New York website
- Salt+Light Media: Habemus Papabili - John Allen on Cardinal Timothy Dolan
- Salt+Light TV Interview: Archbishop Timothy Dolan - Witness
- Timothy Dolan, Catholic Hierarchy
- Article on Dolan's installation as archbishop from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- Priestly Life and Ministry Committee, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website
- Subcommittee on the Church in Africa, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website
|Catholic Church titles|
John Gavin Nolan
|Rector of the Pontifical North American College
1994 – 2001
Kevin P. McCoy
Edwin Frederick O'Brien
|Titular Bishop of Natchesium
June 19, 2001 – June 25, 2002
Salvatore J. Cordileone
Rembert Weakland, OSB
|Archbishop of Milwaukee
June 25, 2002 – February 23, 2009
Jerome Edward Listecki
|Archbishop of New York
February 23, 2009 – present
Francis George, OMI
|President of the USCCB
November 16, 2010 – present
Adolfo Suárez Rivera
|Cardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora di Guadalupe a Monte Mario
February 18, 2012 – present