Despite all the Vatican’s attempt to impose autocratic papal rule on the international Roman Catholic Church, and this country in particular, American bishops remain defiant.
The day TheTentacle.com column (“Real Devil” http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=4056) appeared, detailing the Curia’s refusal to share authority, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, gathering in Baltimore for the semi-annual meeting, elected New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan as president.
On the recent list of papally approved list of new cardinals, Msgr. Dolan’s name was conspicuously absent. Dating back to the 1960s, the conference’s vice president has regularly moved up to the top chair. The archbishop of New York triumphed 54-46 over Tucson’s Bishop Gerlad Kicanas; not even close.
In my time of covering the Vatican, dating back to 1967, and back through the modern era, the prized red hat has gone to the prelate who counted the posh Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Cathedral in his domain.
Somehow, in some not obvious way, Timothy Dolan crossed chalices with Pope Benedict XVI. The result: the archbishop’s glaring omission among the recently announced cardinals.
There’s still hope Pope John XXIII’s plea for aggiornomiento might result in dispersing power to national bishops conferences.