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Statement from Cardinal Dolan on the Covid-19 Relief Bill

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan speaks during the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala Press Preview at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, released the following statement today following President Trump’s signing of the Covid-19 relief act.

“A Christmas season thank you to our elected officials – the House, the Senate, and the President – for passing the urgently needed Covid-19 relief act, which will help to protect all Americans, especially the most vulnerable, who are suffering during this unprecedented time of the coronavirus pandemic.

While no bill of this sort will ever be considered ‘perfect,’ it is heartening to see the broad support from both Democrats and Republicans that this relief act received.  In particular, I commend our own Senator Schumer, Senator McConnell, and my home state Senator Blunt for their diligent efforts in finding common ground to fashion a bill that all sides could support.

Thank you, Senators, Members of Congress, and President Trump for this bill which will help ensure that people have enough food to eat and a place to sleep, that our teachers and all school children, including those in our own Catholic and other independent schools, will receive the aid that they need, and that those who have lost work and income during this troubling time will receive much-needed financial assistance.  A good way to conclude a rough year.”

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His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on February 23, 2009. He was installed as Archbishop of New York on April 15, 2009.

He had served as Archbishop of Milwaukee since he was named by Pope John Paul II on June 25, 2002. He was installed as Milwaukee’s 10th archbishop on August 28, 2002, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Papal Nuncio to the United States, installed Archbishop Dolan.

Born February 6, 1950, Cardinal Dolan was the first of five children born to Shirley Radcliffe Dolan and the late Robert Dolan. In 1964, he began his high school seminary education at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in Shrewsbury, Mo. His seminary foundation continued at Cardinal Glennon College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. He then completed his priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he earned a License in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas.

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Cardinal Dolan was ordained to the priesthood on June 19, 1976. He then served as associate pastor at Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights, Mo., until 1979 when he began studies for a doctorate in American Church History at the Catholic University of America. Before completing the doctorate, he spent a year researching the late Archbishop Edwin O’Hara, a founder of the Catholic Biblical Association. Archbishop O’Hara’s life and ministry was the subject of the Archbishop’s doctoral dissertation.

On his return to St. Louis, Cardinal Dolan served in parish ministry from 1983-87, during which time he was also liaison for the late Archbishop John L. May in the restructuring of the college and theology programs of the archdiocesan seminary system.

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In 1987, Cardinal Dolan was appointed to a five-year term as secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. When he returned to St. Louis in 1992, he was appointed vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, serving also as director of Spiritual Formation and professor of Church History. He was also an adjunct professor of theology at Saint Louis University.

In 1994, he was appointed rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he served until June 2001. While in Rome, he also served as a visiting professor of Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University and as a faculty member in the Department of Ecumenical Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. The work of the Cardinal in the area of seminary education has influenced the life and ministry of a great number of priests of the new millennium.

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On June 19, 2001 – the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – then Fr. Dolan was named the Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis by Pope John Paul II. The new Bishop Dolan chose for his Episcopal motto the profession of faith of St. Peter: Ad Quem Ibimus, “Lord To Whom Shall We Go?” (Jn 6:68).

Cardinal Dolan served as chairman of Catholic Relief Services, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. He is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

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Cardinal Dolan completed a three year term as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in November, 2013.  He completed a term as chair of the Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life activities.

On January 6, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced that Timothy Dolan was to be appointed to the College of Cardinals.

Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Dolan participated in the Conclave that elected Pope Francis in March, 2013.

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