Timothy Cardinal Dolan Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Feb 06, 1950
Feb 18, 2012
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English Church refutes claim Cardinal Dolan lives lavishly
May 09, 2015
A spokesman for Cardinal Timothy Dolan refuted claims the archbishop lives in a "mansion" while churches are being closed under the "Making All Things New" pastoral planning initiative.

May 08, 2015

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Cardinal Timothy Dolan attends service at Coptic Church in GreaCardinal Timothy Dolan rountinely travels in a mini-van, according to a church spokesman. (Staten Island Advance/Ryan Lavis)

Church mergers and closures throughout the country have prompted scrutiny of the residences where Cardinal Dolan and other prelates live.

Cardinal Dolan announced on Friday the merger of St. Margaret Mary R.C. Church in Midland Beach with St. Christopher R.C. Church in Grant City.

He also decreed that St. John Neumann in Greenridge will remain its own parish rather than being merged with Holy Child R.C. Church in Eltingville or St. Joseph-St. Thomas in Pleasant Plains as previously suggested.

The Franciscans may be returning to Staten Island with a new ministry, although the fate of the former St. Francis Friary on Todt Hill is unresolved, the cardinal announced.

Michael Bilotti, a parishioner at Holy Child R.C. Church in Eltingville, chided the archbishop of New York for a supposed extravagant lifestyle. Bilotti suggested that the cardinal "sell his mansion."

Joseph Zwilling, communications director for the Archdiocese of New York, issued a strong defense of the cardinal's lifestlye.

"His 'mansion' is part of Saint Patrick's Cathedral – literally," Zwilling said.  "It is not 'in the shadows.'  It is a physical part of the Cathedral.

"You can't sell Saint Patrick's Cathedral.  To claim it is worth $30 million is nonsense, since it cannot be sold.  How can you sell off pieces of the Cathedral?  Plus, that has been the residence of the Archbishop's of New York for over 125 years.  It is not as if he bought or built it for himself."

Bilotti also had suggested that the cardinal avoid traveling in luxury cars and take the bus as Pope Francis did while living as a cardinal in Argentina.

"The Cardinal rides in a mini-van," Zwilling said of Cadrinal Dolan. "He uses the mini-van since he so often has people travelling with him, and he does a fair amount of work in his car."

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