An American pope? Eyes turn to New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York reviews New York's annual St. Patrick's Day parade outside St. Patrick's Cathedral. RNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz

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NEW YORK (RNS) Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s extraordinary visibility and popularity are being cited as factors that could make him the first American with a realistic shot at being elected pope. But will any of the factors that make Dolan a contender actually help him with the 117 other voting cardinals?

  • God forbid, Cardinal Dolan as pope. He failed, thank God, to stop the HHS regulations, gay marriage initiatives and Obama’s re-election. Why would Rome reward him?

    He yet may face a criminal investigation for his clumsy cemetery effort to keep Milwaukee funds out of reach of abuse survivors. He has been silent on Rigali, Mahony, Finn, et al. He paid off allegedly pedophile priests. His full abuse cover-up sins are still being uncovered.

    In any event, it appears that the Pope and Cardinal Sodano have already found their man, and it is not likely to be the failing Jolly Irishman.

    For further explanation of the seemingly done deal, please see my, “A Next and Ex-Pope: Infallible and Immune? What’s Up?”, accessible at:

  • John McGrath

    Dolan would be a good choice if the intention were to seriously erode what’s left of the catholic Church in Europe.

  • John McGrath

    perhaps it is time for a fathead pope.

  • Carmelo Junior

    Cardinal Dolan could fulfill the St Malachy prophecy if in fact “the seven hilled city” is New York.

  • John McGrath

    If there is any validity to the Malachy prophecies about the next pope being Peter and the last Roman pope, the prophecy could simply mean that this next pope or the one after will move the headquarters of the church out of Rome. To Brazil perhaps or South Africa or Taiwan. But prophecies have a way of being non-prophetic.