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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
In New York, Archbisop Dolan installed today. From the New York Post:
Archbishop Timothy Dolan today promised to oppose Gov. Paterson's same-sex marriage [bill], just one day before it will hit the floor of the Legislature.

"You can bet I would be active and present and, I hope, articulate in this particular position," Dolan told reporters.

The question - one of many the new archbishop took from reporters at his first news conference in Midtown - came as state lawmakers prepared to begin debating the controversial issue.

Paterson to Push Gay Marriage Bill

"The topic you raise - other topics that are controversial that the church has a message to give - you'll find that I don't shy away from those things and I wouldn't sidestep them," said Dolan.

The new archbishop - who will be installed during a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral later today that will feature Mayor Bloomberg - spoke of the need for the church to embrace immigrants and to continue the process of reform that began after the sexual-abuse scandals that rocked the church a few years ago.

"The most sacred responsibility that a bishop has is to pass on the faith that remains changeless and has for 2,000 years," he said. "So in substance, in the quality, no, I couldn't change things if I wanted, because they're not mine to change."