Former Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan was formally installed this afternoon as New York City's 10th Roman Catholic archbishop. On his very first day as the spiritual leader of New York's 2.5 million Catholics, the archbishop says he will challenge Gov. David Paterson's plans to legalize same-sex marriage. The Daily News:
"Topics that are controversial ... you'll find that I don't shy away from those things," he said. "I made it pretty clear, we bishops aren't into politics, we're into principles."
"Dolan said his views on same-sex marriage are aligned with those of the Catholic Church, which opposes gay unions. He said he was eager to sit down with his new trusted advisors to discuss how to tackle the gay rights issue, and would take their advice on how these topics had been addressed in the past.
Archbishop Dolan adds his primary goal is to "spread a message of joy to bring people back to Catholicism." There wasn't too much joy in that homily on gay rights ...
On Thursday morning, Paterson is expected to re-introduce the marriage equality legislation submitted by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in 2007. That passed the Assembly and stalled in the then-Republican-controlled Senate. The new Democratic majority leader, Senator Malcolm Smith of Queens, pledges action on the bill only when he has sufficient votes for passage. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Gov. Paterson and Sen. Charles Schumer are seen greeting the archbishop below.