Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Papal Contender

The Archbishop of New York, 63, is president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops.
3:00 | 03/11/13

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is 63 as president of the US conference of bishops he is the leader of the US church. A room full of tired old men dressed in red he's easy to spot just look for the big brash American. He's famous for his Irish good humor. Why put on airs -- -- try to. He's somebody different -- if this the Italians say -- you make good yawkey with the W got so lord knows I got a lot of those so pretty. That jolly exterior is the soul of a fight he challenged President Obama over aspects of Health Care Reform specifically abortion and contraception. His charisma has made him a powerful force in the US church at a time when the church has struggled to recover from the church sex abuse scandal. Dolan has been tarnished by the scandal himself over his efforts to deal with the fallout in Saint Louis and Milwaukee. Accused of paying off priests rather than expose them and -- shielding church assets from bankruptcy proceedings. He was deposed in a lawsuit just before heading to -- Dolan was born in saint Louis the eldest of five finished his seminary at the north American college in Rome where he later served as director. In the states he's quickly risen through the ranks over the past twelve years serving briefly in his hometown Saint Louis and Milwaukee and finally New York. He belongs each -- -- even hosts his own satellite radio show. When he was made -- cardinal last year. He was sold on everything. But the Sox history to where does it I don't when -- but he -- -- Red Sox if cardinal robes came in Yankee pinstripes Dolan would Wear them. He's also Packers fans and 2002 when he was still bishop of Milwaukee he actually -- -- head during his homily at an outdoor mass. As the first American Pope it's tempting to think Dolan might prefer sneakers to those ruby slippers.

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