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Friday, January 6, 2012

Glad Tidings for Archbishops Dolan and O'Brien…

Archbishop Timothy Dolan
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, 61, and Archbishop Edwin O' Brien of Baltimore, 72, were selected as the newest U.S. members of the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI yesterday.

The two men will be officially elevated during a ceremony in Rome next month.

As members of the College of Cardinals, the cardinal-designates can be called upon by the pope to serve as advisers on church affairs and they will be among those that elect the pope’s successor.

Dolan heads the Archdiocese of New York, which traditionally has been led by a cardinal (the most recent being Cardinal Edward Egan), and is president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

In his blog, The Gospel in the Digital Age, Dolan writes:
On this “Twelfth Day of Christmas” the traditional celebration of the Epiphany, I have received a gift from Pope Benedict XVI, as he announced just a couple of hours ago at the end of Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica that I would be among those to become a cardinal in Rome at the consistory of February 18th.

...This is not about privilege, change of colors, hats, new clothes, places of honor, or a different title. Jesus warned us about all that stuff.

No: this is about an affirmation of love from the Pope to a celebrated archdiocese and community, and a summons to its unworthy archbishop to serve Jesus, His Church universal, His vicar on earth, and His people better.

I’ll try to do that…but I sure need your prayers.
The Archbishop, who 60 Minutes’ Morely Safer once referred to as the “American pope,” during a feature story, was born in St. Louis and ordained a priest in 1976. He was named auxiliary bishop of St. Louis in 2001 and a year later archbishop of Milwaukee by Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI named him archbishop of New York in 2009. He holds a doctorate in church history from The Catholic University of America.

Archbishop Edwin O'Brien
Meanwhile, Edwin O’Brien, who was born in New York and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York in 1965, served as a chaplain at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, and later as an Army chaplain in Vietnam. In 1996, he was named an auxiliary bishop of New York, then served as coadjutor archbishop for the Archdiocese for Military Services USA, and head of the military archdiocese. He was named archbishop of Baltimore by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 and holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Angelicum University in Rome.

Two humble servants of God, who will now take up greater responsibilities…

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