Cardinal Dolan talks about new Pope


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MILWAUKEE- Timothy Cardinal Dolan, former Milwaukee Archbishop, spoke with CBS about newly elected Pope Francis.

On the subject of reform in the Catholic Church, Dolan said Pope Francis will be limited in his role.

He added Pope Francis will not change church doctrine because he can't.

"We have to remember that again, the job description of the pope is to preserve, to conserve the integrity of the faith and pass it on," Dolan explained

The Pope is allowed to stress certain parts or the doctrine or reform how it's done. The father of the Church is also allowed to change certain disciplines, like Priestly celibacy.

"Do I expect it to change? No. Could he change it? Yes. Possibly yes, probably no. Our nation of women is a doctrinal thing," he said.

The ordination of women, Dolan added, isn't something that can change, but he did say that Church Government needs an adjustment.

"There's a general sentiment amongst the leadership of the church that the Roman Curia, the central government of the Catholic Church, does need some attention and that the oil of the machinery of the church universal needs some oiling, and some cleaning and some attention," Dolan said.

Dolan says Pope Francis has a head like Pope Benedict and a heart like Pope Jon Paul II.

Cardinal Dolan added when Pope Francis made the 77 necessary votes Wednesday,  the Cardinals erupted in applause, and then when he accepted the responsibility of holy father there wasn't a dry eye in the place.


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