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Shocker! Archbishop Dolan wins USCCB Presidency!

November 16th, 2010, Promulgated by Abaccio

Each November, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meets to conduct business.  Last year’s meetings were centered around the final approval of the new, corrected translation of the Roman Missal into English.  This year, the bishops were to elect new leadership, as the term of USCCB President Archbishop Francis Cardinal George was set to expire.

Traditionally, the Vice President of the USCCB is elevated to President, and the big election is for VP.  For the first time in history, this did not happen!  By a vote of 128-111, Archbishop Tim Dolan beat out Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson on the third ballot.   This is good news, folks.

Bishop Kicanas was endorsed by the Rainbow Sash movement, is a rather ardent supporter of “lay ecclesial ministry” and is rather infamously involved in the (homo)sexual abuse crisis that plagued the church over the past 40 years.  Kicanas ordained Daniel McCormack when he headed Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary despite being made aware of McCormack’s troubling homosexual actions, calling them “experimental and developmental” and says he would ordain the homosexual, predatorial pedophile again, noting it would have been “grossly unfair not to have ordained him.”   Make no mistake, the election of Kicanas, whom Rocco Palmo calls, “the efficient, wonkish, strict vegan protege of…Cardinal Bernadin” would have been nothing short of scandalous and debilitating.

Contrast this image with the  ‘joyfully orthodox’ Archbishop Dolan, who joked that his first actions as Archbishop would be to ban light beer and instant mashed potatoes.  Perhaps you’d rather contrast this image with that of Archbishop Dolan’s consistent defense of Catholic identity, when the anti-Catholic New York Times attacks it.

I never thought I’d say this, but…

WAY TO GO, USCCB!

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15 Responses to “Shocker! Archbishop Dolan wins USCCB Presidency!”

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    Yea!!!
    God does hear prayers!!

  2. avatar Sfomo says:

    Finally, some good news!

  3. avatar Dr. K says:

    Evidence that the American bishops are changing direction from the so-called “pastoral” anti-pastoral bishops of the past 40 years. Congratulations, Archbishop Dolan!

  4. avatar Mike says:

    More and more of our bishops are displaying an ecclesial backbone and saying, enough is enough.

    The tide is turning!

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    Gee! I wonder who Bishop Clark voted for?

  6. avatar Dr. K says:

    Gee! I wonder who Bishop Clark voted for?

    May bishops vote for themselves? 🙂

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    Thank you Holy Spirit!!!!!!!!

  8. avatar Eliza10 says:

    This is wonderful news!!!

  9. avatar Bridget says:

    I hate to burst your bubble but this man is not what he “appears” to be. I have a photo of him when he first became archbishop of Milwaukee. He is having “mass” in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and he is wearing a Green Bay Packers Cheesehead. Yes, during the most solemn part of the so-called Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (novus ordo style) he has a foolish hat on! And he’s supposed to be a bishop?????? And that’s just the beginning!
    Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!

  10. avatar Eliza10 says:

    Well he appears to be devout and holy. And he appears to love people and genuinely like to connect with them, as well – so, that bad call would go along with character trait. You don’t say how old the photo is, or if he ever expresssed regret for it. People do learn and grow, right? Yes, that’s bad, but compared to what we’ve become accustomed to in our diocese, most of us probably wouldn’t bat an eye to that, sad to say.

  11. avatar Bridget says:

    Eliza 10 have you never heard the saying that “looks can be deceiving” or that “the devil can be an angel of light”? This is only one small example and no – he never expressed regret because he doesn’t think he did anything wrong! Take it from someone who lived through his shenanigans – he’s always trying to be “relevant” and “cool”. Wonder what God thinks of that trademark irreverence! Here is the article and a picture:

    http://www.novusordowatch.org/cheesehead.htm

  12. avatar Dr. K says:

    Yes, during the most solemn part of the so-called Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (novus ordo style) he has a foolish hat on!

    As the site you linked to indicates, it was for a brief moment during the homily. That certainly does not excuse this disappointing lapse in judgment, but I am not aware of him having a history of goofiness during Mass. I would like to think of Archbishop Dolan, like many priests and bishops of the 1990s-2000s, as a sort of transition phase toward a priesthood and episcopacy that is once again orthodox, traditional, and reverent. A massive tidal wave of irreverence and dissent entered the Church around the middle of the 1900s (it actually began before the Council, but the Council was the major catalyst toward accelerating the peculating progressivism), and it is going to take time to recover since so many have dug in their heels and scream bloody murder when a change as simple as using a little Latin is implemented by a priest. The priests and bishops of today will pave the way for the more traditional priests and bishops of tomorrow. Is Archbishop Dolan a perfect prelate? Of course not. Is he a massive upgrade over Bishop Kicanas and his ilk? Definitely.

    I would like to see orthodoxy, reverence, and tradition return a lot quicker, for the good of souls, but this is the course the Holy Father has chosen to follow and that he believes is best to recover from the disease called the “Spirit of Vatican II.” The Holy Father, from my perspective, is trying to avoid massive schism as much as possible by initiating a gradual change in the type of bishops and priests that we have. This change will come, and it has already begun. Look at the coadjutor appointment to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for example.

  13. avatar benanderson says:

    amen, drk. Could he be more reverent during the mass (he led an applause for Bishop Clark during a mass at the SHC which was returned to the Archbishop several minutes later)? Probably. Is he orthodox in doctrine? Absolutely! Does he have a spine? It appears so. He is a big step forward.

  14. avatar Eliza10 says:

    Thanks DrK and Ben and Bridget. Bridget, I understand your indignation and you are right – I probably was idealizing Bishop Dolan. Hope does that to me I guess. What do you think of what DrK said? DrK, I really appreciate the insightful things you shared. I agree that we cannot expect the change to be instant. Someone like Dolan in place of Clark would be great. Perhaps he’ll follow in Sheen’s footsteps and leave NYC and come here??

    One the other hand, leading applause for Clark in the SHC makers me cringe more than putting on a Cheesehead hat during the homily. Considering what we have had to put up with.

    Cringing aside, I am still glad Dolan was chosen for his post and I still have hope in the good he will do.

  15. avatar Bridget says:

    Maybe you can accept him but consider this:

    He taught Novus Ordo catechism in bars. Dolan stood by while a self-proclaimed priestess, Ginny Kiernan Dahlbert, was allowed to “preside” at a prayer service at St. Matthias “Catholic” parish in Milwaukee on March 25, 2003, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    For the pièce de resistance, on August 30, 2003, he “presided” over an outdoor Novus Ordo Mess for “hogs.” Church bells were replaced by the deafening roar of motorcycle engines. Instead of kneeling, the bikers reclined on their hogs. The dress of the day was “T-shirts and jeans, bandana head coverings, boots and lots and lots of black leather.” On that day the place known as “Holy Hill” was desecrated, when Dolan “concelebrated” the invalid Novus Ordo service with ten presbyters and twelve deacons, who arrived at the table for the Mess atop a wagon pulled by a large red tractor.
    Moreover, Dolan seems to have a pronounced Protestant mentality. When he left Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to go to New York, he had his lay congregation “pray over him” in a scene that looked straight out of a Pentecostalist-Evangelical megachurch!

    Timothy Dolan has volunteered to act as a mediator in an increasingly-bitter debate over plans to build a mosque near the Ground Zero site of the 9/11 terrorist attack. The Newarchbishop said that he was hoping for a compromise between advocates and opponents of the Islamic-center construction project. He alluded to JPII’s intervention in the Carmelite Convent incident at Auschwitz, Poland.

    So, here we have the oxymoronic specter of a supposedly “Catholic” archbishop negotiating for an infidel mosque.

    Good Catholics, open your eyes. The fruits of Vatican II are really smelly! A glass filled with 99% water and 1% arsenic is still poison.

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