by Tom Finkel
Take him out to the ballgame - just don't force Archbishop Timothy Dolan to root for the home team.Dolan, who had previously served as archbishop of Milwaukee, is a St. Louisan through and through. "Born February 6, 1950, Archbishop Dolan was the first of five children born to Shirley Radcliffe Dolan and the late Robert Dolan. In 1964, he began his high school seminary education at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South in Shrewsbury, Mo. His seminary foundation continued at Cardinal Glennon College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy," reads the archbishop's bio, which at this writing is still up on the Milwaukee Archdiocese's website.
The incoming leader of New York's 2.5 million Catholics is planning to watch the Yankees' home opener at the new stadium on Thursday and catch a Mets game on Friday.
He pointedly refused to say whether he would cheer for the Bombers or Amazin's, especially when teams from his hometown of St. Louis or adopted city of Milwaukee are in town.
"When the Cardinals and Brewers [are playing], that's between me and my confessor," Dolan said with a smile.
Giving a clue to where his real allegiance lies, he pointed to a well-wisher wearing a St. Louis baseball cap outside St. Patrick's Cathedral and quipped, "That's my idea of a 'cardinal' hat."