New Yorkers Have High Hopes For New Archbishop
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New Yorkers who met the Archbishop Timothy Dolan Monday said they had high hopes for the archdiocese newest leader, who was announced by the Vatican earlier in the day.
"He seems to be an outgoing, friendly person," said one Mass attendee. "We just received communion, and when you look at his face, you know you have a good guy there."
Those who saw Dolan at 8 o' clock mass Monday morning at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan were confident that he will be lead the archdiocese in the right direction.
"I don't know much about him, but he seems like he's going to be very good for New York, and that's what we need at the present time," said one New Yorker.
"I just hope that he's supportive of the people of New York and he continues our current cardinal's policies," said another.
"It makes you know that the church is still alive, and it makes all of us feel united again," said a third. "I'm looking forward to what's coming in the future."
One issue several observant people said they would like the new archbishop to address is increasing the number of young people who are active in the church.
"That's sort of always been the weakness of the church, is having young members stay involved and want to come and be involved," said one Catholic.
"That he stays with the seminarians and he tries to lead the younger people and offer more openings for them to be able to join and participate," said another.
Some also called on the church to be more involved in helping those hit hard by the rough economy.
"I think people are looking for something spiritually and, you've got to feed body and soul," said so I would like to see that, like maybe reach out to help the homeless in their time of need."
"I guess I'd be curious to see how he stands on economic issues," said a parishioner. "It's starting to come up in church more often; people talking about disparity between rich and poor."
However, at least one New Yorker was a little skeptical over Dolan's selection.
"Well, we always have good feelings about things, and then, when honeymoon is over, we'll see what is going to happen," he said.