cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Archbishop Dolan has been selected as the new Archbishop of the New York Archdiocese, and will likely become a Cardinal sometime following his assumption of this role on April 15th.
Before going on, I'll set the record straight: I am not Catholic; I am Lutheran.
I had a brief opportunity to interact with Archbishop Dolan in the setting of a business luncheon at which he was delivering the prayer. He made his way around the room that contained at least 150 people, and seemed, at least, to stop at every table. I spoke briefly with him and was impressed with his good humor, quick wit and warmth. I mentioned that I was Lutheran but was impressed with his accomplishments since he had arrived in Milwaukee. He thanked me and made a humorous comment something along the lines of his belief that Lutherans were usually OK people.
As a casual observer/layperson, I would think the local Catholic Archdiocese might struggle a bit as it awaits its new permanent leader. I think that the Archbishop is well-suited to the New York position given his people skills and his reputation within the church. I expect to hear him making remarks that are more national in nature than local or regional since that seems the heritage of that position under prior leaders.
I have heard it said that he is one of those classic "people" persons, and I'd have to concur with that given my brief minute or two with the man. He is very nearly a 'larger than life' personality.