Archbishop Timothy Dolan, on the eve of his installation as the new Archbishop of New York, said that he would fight anti-Catholic bias, restore Catholic pride, and challenge the notion that the Church is "unenlightened" because of positions on abortion and gay marriage. In an exclusive AP interview, the soon-to-be New York Archbishop said, "Periodically, we Catholics have to stand up and say, 'Enough.' The church as a whole still calls out to what is noble in us."Archbishop Dolan, who headed up the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for seven years, moved into his new residence on Madison Avenue behind St. Patrick's Cathedral yesterday. Part I of his installation will include a solemn vespers service at the cathedral tonight, during which a letter from the pope appointing him archbishop will be read. Tomorrow at 2 p.m. he will be officially installed as archbishop before thousands of well-wishers. (I will be among them and bringing you an update as soon as possible.)
To read the archbishop's interview with AP, click HERE. But be sure to watch the video version of the interview as well. It includes some things that were left out of the print version, including Archbishop Dolan's classification of abortion as the "premier civil rights issue" of our day and his comments on the Notre Dame scandal.