Timothy Cardinal Dolan Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Feb 06, 1950
Feb 18, 2012
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As Cardinal Timothy Dolan prepares to return to the Milwaukee area to lead Mass at Holy Hill, 12 News got a chance to speak with Dolan's brother about the cardinal's challenges and triumphs.

Bob Dolan said he always knew his older brother was a little bit different.

"Every now and then, he would play Hot Wheels with me. Every now and then, he'd play softball, whiffle ball or soccer. He wasn't a very good athlete. But -- I know where you're going -- he would play Mass. He would play Mass because he always knew he was going to be a priest, from holding Mass as a teen for neighborhood kids," Bob Dolan said. "He occasionally tried to take up a collection, which didn't go well with Dad."

With a lifelong devotion to the Catholic faith, Timothy Dolan is known for his ability to captivate.

"He walks into a room and he takes over that room. OK, everybody's excited and happy," Bob Dolan said.

However, not all the memories are good ones. Bob Dolan said the Milwaukee Archdiocese sex abuse scandal hit his brother hard.

"It was, I think, the only time in my lifetime that I've seen him talk very quietly with a tear in his eye. It clearly shook him," Bob Dolan said.

The cardinal's brother said that throughout the turmoil, Timothy Dolan was concerned over people's view of the Catholic faith.

Bob Dolan said his brother is no stranger to the media and that the family has gotten used to it over the years. However, when Time Magazine listed the cardinal as one of the 100 most influential people, that caught their attention.

"Time Magazine was a good one. Wow, that was pretty cool," Bob Dolan said.

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