During the elaborate installation ceremonies yesterday, Archbishop Timothy Dolan said to the thousands gathered at St. Patrick's Cathedral, "This cathedral has been such a warm, embracing, spiritual hall for so many millions. Thank you. Thank you all for embracing me." Dolan, replacing retiring Edward Cardinal Egan, is now the leader of the New York Archdiocese, which has 2.5 million in the NY area.
The services were full of pageantry; the NY Times described part of the proceedings, "With the choir in full throat and the organ at high pitch, the opening procession filled up a full hour: white-robed priests, followed by miter-topped bishops and sashed cardinals in red, marching solemnly in single file through the cathedral’s front doors on Fifth Avenue, as the smiling archbishop stood outside, greeting them nonstop." The Daily News pointed out Dolan's humorous side came through: He said, "I am really relieved to see mom. We were a little worried this morning that she might not make it. She found out there was a sale at Macy's."
However, Dolan also offered the strong opposition to abortion, "The resurrection goes on as his church continues to embrace and protect the dignity of every human person, the sanctity of human life, from the tiny baby in the womb." He also told reporters that he would fight Governor Paterson's same-sex marriage legislation.