Friday, January 6, 2012
On this feast of the Epiphany a star is indeed rising in the East--look up near midtown Manhattan. Pope Benedict announced that Archbishop Timothy Dolan will be made a Cardinal this February. It is a major break with protocol. Normally an ordinary is not made a cardinal until his predecessor reaches the age of 80 and is no longer able to vote in a Conclave for a future Pope. Archbishop Dolan's predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan won't be 80 until April.

This is one of the most important announcements in many days and will solidify (soon to be) Cardinal Dolan's place as leader of the Church in United States. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, the former Archbishop of Baltimore, was also named a Cardinal today. He will head the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

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