Monday, March 2, 2009

Dolan Reflections & The Next Archbishop

What does Dolan going to NY mean? As Dolan is the first bishop from Milwaukee to be appointed to the Big Apple, it would seem to indicate that Benedict does not want a nasty, in your face character like Burke in the American spotlight. While Dolan is conservative and will toe the papal line, he'll do it with a smile. For those with a more intimate knowledge of the goings-on in the NY Archdiocese, I think their attitude will be reminiscent of Milwaukee - it could be a whole lot worse.

Oddly enough, Dolan as the outgoing bishop and bishop of NY will probably have a considerable say in who the next bishop in Milwaukee will be. This could bode very well for Milwaukee. It could be the difference between a friendly Bishop like Joseph Perry from Chicago and a nasty bishop like Robert Morlino from Madison, WI. I would look more to candidate like Perry to be placed here. I believe Dolan will want the next few years in Milwaukee to go smoothly to show that he did a good job in Milwaukee. Someone like Morlino could make the priests here fed up enough to make some national headlines. Dolan will not want that, because then his name would come up over and over again as his former bishop.

A Faithful Catholic


CatholicSoldier said...


Heterodox Catholics will think it could have been worse while Faithful Orthodox Catholics will be quite pleased.

As an aside, I too like the possibility of Bishop Perry. He is a big proponent of the Traditional Latin Mass. Now that you know this, I anticipate your next post to be one begging for anyone but him.

Dad29 said...

"Nasty" = Willing to teach the Faith unvarnished, eh?

Faithful Catholic said...

CS, it's all in the attitude. And Perry is a nice guy who I do not believe would push the latin mass on a congregations that does not want it.

Anonymous said...

Ironically I disagree with 99% of the stuff on this blog but would be happy with Bishop Perry, the Dolan era will appear as a moderate "bridge" between the dark days of Weakland and the joyfully orthodox era of Archbishop Perry (or whoever else the Pope picks.)

Terrence Berres said...

How about a via media, sorry, middle way: the next Archbishop could say that only parishes that do not reverse declines in Mass attendance must try adding a Latin Mass.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe Joe Perry would be a good choice for Milw. He is a home-town priest, whose 'dark side' is known to the priests of Milw., and who knows all to well the 'dark side' of his fellow priests. It would be impossible for a leader from within to lead.

Blaise Cupich looks good to me.