Cardinal Dolan the first American pope? Really?
The affable, laughable, cuddly, teddy bear, cheese-head wearing Archbishop is so very popular that journalists are suggesting he is papabile - pope material. Maybe? Not likely? Discussions such as these remind me of the disciples arguing amongst themselves who is the greatest - only to be rebuked by Christ. The crucifix reminds us that we think as men think - not as God thinks. If you're interested in how men think, this is how John Allen of NCR sees it:
"[T]he possibility of an American as the next Bishop of Rome has never been so strong Allen, whose latest book, "A People of Hope", is a lengthy interview with then Archbishop Dolan, says,I dunno. He's very American... but Benedict XVI is not even dead yet. Personally, I don't want a rockstar for pope. Popularity and celebrity are things to beware of: "Woe to you when all men speak well of you..." - Luke 6:26
"With Timothy Dolan there is some of the JP II magic. This guy is a rock star in any room he walks into. He exudes charisma, it's almost as if its charisma on steroids. At a time when the Catholic Church is suffering from an image problem I think a lot of people see in Dolan someone who can put a positive face and voice on the Catholic message." - Source