Timothy Dolan installed as New York archbishop

One era in the annals of the New York Archdiocese ended Wednesday and another began when Timothy Michael Dolan was installed as archbishop.

Archbishop Dolan - who is eventually expected to be named a cardinal - succeeds New York Cardinal Edward Egan, who is retiring after nine years.

The Archdiocese of New York is the nation's second-largest diocese after Los Angeles, yet it is the most prominent seat in American Catholicism.

A St. Louis native and the oldest of five children, Dolan is known for putting a friendly face on Catholic orthodoxy. He holds a doctorate from The Catholic University of America and is former rector of the North American College in Rome, considered the West Point for U.S. priests.

At a news conference hours before his installation, Dolan said he would challenge efforts to legalize gay marriage in New York state. Gov. David Paterson is expected Thursday to introduce such a bill; gays and lesbians can already marry across the border in Connecticut, Massachusetts and, later this year, Vermont.

AP wire services were used in this report.

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