Statement on Elevation of Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the College of Cardinals

Published on January 6th, 2012

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2012

Today in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he was creating 22 new cardinals, among them Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the New York State Catholic Conference. Cardinal-designate Dolan, who is also serving a three-year term as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be elevated to the College of Cardinals at a consistory in Rome on February 18.

Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, made the following statement this morning:

“We at the New York State Catholic Conference rejoice at the pending elevation of our president, Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, to the College of Cardinals.

“With his infectious joy, brilliant intellect and enthusiastic love of the Lord and His people, Cardinal-designate Dolan is truly a bright light in the American Church. He already has become the face of the Church in the United States. Now as a “prince of the Church,” his influence will truly extend worldwide, even if, as he underscored in remarks today, his primary responsibility remains Archbishop of New York.

“As the eighth Cardinal-Archbishop of New York, Cardinal-designate Dolan follows in the very large footsteps of his predecessor and our president emeritus, Edward Cardinal Egan, as well as those who came earlier, including the late Cardinals John O’Connor, Terence Cooke and Francis Spellman. In his nearly three years in New York, Cardinal-designate Dolan has shown himself a worthy heir to their legacies, and we look forward to his many years of leadership in New York, as well as in the nation and the Church universal.

“We would be remiss if we did not also congratulate Cardinal-designate Edwin O’Brien, pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, who is a Bronx native and a former priest and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York. This is truly a great day for the Catholic Church in New York, and across the U.S. and, indeed, the world, and a wonderful way to ring in the New Year.”

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