Dolan Ensconsed

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Robert Kolker’s New York profile of Timothy Dolan is what you’d expect from a professional magazine writer doing his thing for the Church’s newly arrived Happy Warrior: competent, enthusiastic without ignoring all criticism, and lacking any awareness of what’s going on in the hierarchy today.

There’s a lot of attention to abortion and same-sex marriage, but not a whisper about Obama at Notre Dame or the Kennedy obsequies, or the  question of Communion for pro-choice Catholic politicians. Sure, Dolan will do his magisterium in the friendliest way possible. But if he’s going to be one of the Church’s big ad extra players, where’s he going to stand on the issues that are currently roiling the bishops?