Will Dolan see red?

The Catholic blogosphere is buzzing with reports that Pope Benedict will name a new class of cardinals tomorrow morning.

Most folks don’t seem to think that Archbishop Dolan will be among those getting a red hat next month.

Why not?

Cardinal Egan is only 78. He’s eligible to enter a conclave to vote for the next pope until he turns 80. The powers that be may not want two archbishops of NY voting at once.

So Tim may have to wait for the next class.

But we’ll see.

One American, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court, is considered something of a sure thing to become a cardinal.

A second, Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington D.C., has a shot. His predecessor, retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, recently turned 80.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.