Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tim on... Everything

Closing out a week that saw a packed-house debut at Theology on Tap and the first anniversary of his appointment to the Big Apple, Archbishop Tim Dolan ran a half-hour TV gantlet earlier tonight, fielding questions on seemingly every hot-button under the sun in a prime-time chat that ran on the New York cable outlet NY1, and quickly posted for on-demand viewing on the channel's page.

Taped earlier this week in the drawing room of 452 Madison, among other topics to come up were... same-sex marriage, Obama at Notre Dame, immigration, the grace of "prudence" for public officials, potholes on Madison Avenue, the "prophetic vs. persuasive" balance for church leaders, John O'Connor, dog breeds, sledgehammers, St Patrick's Day, the 60 year-old prelate's weight... and all that just for starters.

Along the way, Dolan likewise made some notable comments on the legacy of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo -- the father of the "personally opposed, but" publicly pro-choice stance on abortion that's bedeviled the bench for some three decades.

Asked if he'd "softened" any of his positions since arriving last April to lead the 2.5 million-member Gotham church, the archbishop began by replying, "I've softened my position... that the Yankees are diabolical."

As for the rest, just watch... and as ever, be prepared for money quotes galore.

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