The New Archbishop

April 14, 2009 1:14:56 PM PDT
It's a religious ceremony - but it's become a civic event.

Timothy Dolan tomorrow becomes the new Archbishop of New York's Catholic Church. It's arguably the most prominent Catholic job in the country, even though this is the second largest diocese, behind Los Angeles, with 2.5 million Catholics.

Dolan is a conservative, whose politics may not sit well with a large chunk of the Catholic population here. But it's his personality that has been accepted by just about everyone. With a huge smile and a large sense of humor, Dolan seems to relish the spotlight in a way that his predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan, did not.

Tonight, the official welcoming ceremonies for Archbishop Dolan begin. Watch live tonight on 7online.com at 7:00 p.m. And we're covering it, tonight at 11.

Our coverage begins tomorrow at noon.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest on the efforts of New York Gov. Paterson to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriages.

And under the heading of chutzpah: Democrats got a fundraising email from James Carville today, asking for help paying off Hillary Clinton's campaign debt. The Clintons loaned the campaign millions.

At a time when we have a record number of people out of work, and with the recession still not bottomed, Mr. Carville -- a whiz at running campaigns but clearly wanting in the timing-is-everything department -- is asking for people to cough up money to pay off the Secretary of State's debt from her failed Presidential bid.

And the only thing missing from this call-now-offer is a handy, dandy Vegamatic. Here are the three ways Carville says you can help Mrs. Clinton (and I've quoted the language verbatim):

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  • Spend a day with President Clinton. Head to New York City to attend several interesting events with President Clinton followed by your own special New York City weekend.

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  • Attend the American Idol season finale. You and a guest will watch live as the American Idol judges make their final comments and decisions on this year's most anticipated season finale!

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  • Want to talk politics with me? How about spending a weekend in D.C.? You will have lunch with me and my great friend Paul Begala. We will talk about politics, you will get to tour all the amazing sights D.C. has to offer and who knows what else could happen!"

    We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

    BILL RITTER


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