Thursday, July 3, 2003

The Word from Rome:

An interview with Archbishop Dolan:

The lone American to receive the pallium this year was Archbishop Timothy Dolan from Milwaukee, who brought some 600 pilgrims from the archdiocese to share the experience. Old friends of Dolan, including Archbishop Justin Rigali of St. Louis and Bishop James Harvey, a Milwaukee native who serves as the pope’s public secretary, concelebrated Masses for Dolan’s group.

Dolan, 53, sat down with me June 30 for an interview.

Actually, to be technical, he sat down only for part of the interview. For the first 15 minutes or so, we stood in the sacristy of the Church of St. Ignatius and spoke as Dolan took off his vestments after Mass. He was interrupted so often to shake hands and pose for pictures, however, that he offered to continue the interview in his mini-van on the way up to the North American College for dinner. I sat next to his mother and tried to keep things on track from the back seat.

Given those dynamics, the conversation was a bit scattered. Dolan speaks so fast and says so much, however, that we covered more ground in two 15-minute bursts than many press conferences do in two hours.

Also, Allen's story of his scoop on O'Malley, an interview with two Anglican clerics about their church's crisis over homosexuality, and some details about the upcoming document on liturgical abuses:

Because the participants take their obligation of confidentiality seriously, it’s difficult to pry loose many details. One point that can be reported with confidence, however, is that as it stands, the document contains no reference to wider permission for celebration of the pre-Vatican II Mass, the so-called “Tridentine rite.” Interest in whether the document would address the old Mass was generated by a May 13 news item published on the Web site of Inside the Vatican magazine, based on an interview with Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.