Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan to be named a Cardinal

He is among twenty-two cardinals-designates named by Pope Benedict XVI today

Here is the official announcement, on the Archdiocese of New York website. More from the New York Times:

Eight of the ten archbishops in the history of the New York archdiocese have been named cardinals, so the announcement was not unexpected. Still, the timing was surprising, because Cardinal Edward M. Egan, the archbishop emeritus of New York, will not turn 80 until April. Cardinals under age 80 are eligible to vote in papal elections, and it is unusual, although not unprecedented, for a diocese to have two cardinals eligible to vote at the same time. 

One person, however, was ready for the news: Archbishop Dolan’s mother, Shirley, whom he called after receiving the news from the Vatican’s representative in Washington on Thursday morning.

“She said it’s about time,” the archbishop said, laughing. “Only moms can say that. ”

Archbishop Dolan, 61, who was born in Missouri and headed the archdiocese of Milwaukee before coming to New York, is highly respected among his fellow prelates, and he serves as the elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Archbishop Dolan was among 22 cardinals-designate named by Pope Benedict XVI on Friday. Eighteen of them, including Archbishop Dolan, are under the age of 80, and are therefore eligible to participate in the conclave to elect a new pope if Benedict dies. There are ordinarily around 120 cardinals who serve as papal electors at any given time.

Vatican Radio carried the official announcement and the names of all those who will be elevated in a ceremony on Feb. 18.

Read the entire piece.

Here is a full listing of the cardinals-to-be, on the Vatican Radio site.


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