Vatican picks former Milwaukee Archbishop Dolan as Cardinal

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Vatican picks former Milwaukee Archbishop Dolan as Cardinal

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jan 6, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 6, 2012

VATICAN CITY - The Catholic Church has named a former Milwaukee Archbishop to become one of the newest Cardinals of the church.

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who served Milwaukee from 2002-09, was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to become one of 22 new cardinals.

"I share with a sense of pride that the former leader of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, of the Catholic community here, has been appointed as a cardinal of the church," said current Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki in a conversation with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi.

"I am overjoyed that a fellow bishop, who loves Christ and His Church, (would) receive this honor."

Dolan, the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will receive his new post on February 18th of this year.

Listecki believes that the Pope made the pick to elevate Dolan was not only because of location, as the Archbishop of America's largest city.

"Archbishop Dolan's natural leadership style, his literal ability to bring so many in with his attractiveness, his personality, lends itself easily for someone who would be selected as a prince of the church."

Dolan will have a very critical new role, according to Listecki.

"Archbishop Dolan will have a vote in who will be the next pope," said Milwaukee's archbishop.

"130+ representing over a billion people in the world, to select the vicar of Christ on earth, the successor of Peter, that's an awesome responsibility."

Listecki talked about what Pope Benedict's predecessor, Pope John Paul II, said about his philosophy on the role of cardinal.

" 'Look upon the red that you wear, not as the red of a prince of the church, but the red of a martyr of the church,' " Listecki said, quoting John Paul II.

Dolan isn't Milwaukee's only Archbishop to become a cardinal.

Cardinal Samuel Stritch received the post in 1946, after serving Milwaukee's Archdiocese through 1939 before moving to the same role in Chicago.

Archbishop Albert Gregory Meyer served Milwaukee until 1958, when he became Chicago's archbishop.  The church named him a cardinal one year later.