A boy with humble beginnings from Maplewood, Missouri, became an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and an overall sports fan. He was appointed to lead the Milwaukee Archdiocese and, more recently, he arrived in New York to lead the New York Archdiocese and speak on behalf of America’s Catholics. This is the summary of the life story of one of the world’s prominent members of the U.S. Catholic Church. Much more can be learned in An American Cardinal: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Cardinal Dolan is known for his quick-witted one line responses but also for his thoughtful messages about Catholic life. He is genuine, with a bellowing laugh and bear hugs that go along with an occasional beer, whiskey and a good cigar.
Dolan also rolls up his sleeves to engage in battles that he feels go against the Catholic Church and its flock. He has challenged the federal government’s contraception rules in the healthcare mandate and vocally opposed New York’s governor on issues such as gay rights and abortion. Dolan is so influential and engaging that he has been discussed as a future leader of the world’s Catholics.
Fascinating And Compelling
Written by Christina Boyle, a British journalist living in New York City, the book looks at Dolan’s quick elevation to the College of Cardinals and his recognition locally, nationally and around the globe. Boyle was inspired to write this book while she was a reporter at the New York Daily News.
“The more stories I heard [while covering Dolan’s elevation to cardinal], the more I found Dolan to be a fascinating and compelling character,” said Boyle, who is not Catholic. “Yet it was clear that he made people excited to be Catholic and everyone had vivid, personal stories to tell of their interactions with him. It was also evident that Cardinal Dolan made everyone who came in contact with him feel like he was their best friend. He truly had the human touch.”
Boyle’s writings look at Dolan’s close-knit and blue-collar home, where he was raised by a stay-at-home mother and a father who worked as a factory foreman. He also was influenced by Irish nuns, and his attraction to the priesthood was recognized at an early age. Through college and the seminary, Dolan’s power and spirituality increased, and neither has been curtailed since he was ordained during 1976.
An American Cardinal: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan is published by St. Martin’s Press. Hardcover is listed at $27.99. The E-Book is listed at $14.99.