“If something doesn't happen by October I'd be surprised.”

In a conversation with John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter, New York Cardinal Dolan has predicted a curial shakeup in October.


In surprisingly frank language, Cardinal Dolan expressed some disappointment in Pope Francis' apparent lack of managerial skill. “We also wanted someone with good managerial skills and leadership skills, and so far that hasn't been as obvious,” said Cardinal Dolan regarding the selection of the new pope. “It's a little bit of a surprise that he hasn't played his hand on that front yet.”

He added, “I would expect that after the summer lull, we'll see some more signs of management changes.”

Asked specifically about Pope Francis not yet having replaced Cardinal Bertone as Secretary of State, Dolan replied:

If something doesn't happen by October I'd be surprised, but I don't think there's anything surprising that he wants to take his time with it. First of all, this is a man of exquisite charity, and I don't think he wants to hurt anybody's feelings. Second, he realizes that he needs somebody for a transition period. I mean, he's got to have somebody who knows where all the keys are. I thought maybe it would come at the end of June or July, but it hasn't, and so now I think it's probably going to be the fall.

See the full interview here.


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