Dolan's brother: 'The longer the Conclave, the better' for former Milwaukee Archbishop
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MILWAUKEE - The brother of a man who could be Pope says the wait for a decision of a new Pontiff from the Vatican Conclave is "scary...frightening," to a point where he exclaims, "Get it over with."
However, former TODAY'S TMJ4 sports anchor Bob Dolan says that a longer wait may actually mean better odds for former Milwaukee Archbishop and current New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan to receive the nod as the 266th Pontiff.
"For those hoping and praying for Cardinal Dolan, the longer the conclave, the better," Bob told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Charlie Sykes.
"I hope it's red, white and blue smoke, but I just want the white smoke."
Cardinals failed to come up with a two-thirds majority during Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning sessions.
Bob explains that after Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI's more cerebral style, Cardinals may want to return to the style of his predecessor, the man the Catholic Church now calls Blessed John Paul II.
"The last conclave, they went with the Benedict personality, because who could follow John Paul II with his charisma?" said Bob.
"Now, it may be time to go back to the type of personality of John Paul II. If the Cardinals are looking for a joyful face of the faith, with energy, one who could effectively evangelize to the world, who else than my brother?"
How is his brother, who served in Milwaukee for seven years, doing?
"I talked to him on Sunday. He says he's doing well, his spirits are good and his energy is high," said Bob.
"I'm sure he's fine. I can't say that about anybody else...I am as anxious and nervous as any time in my life."
If Cardinal Dolan doesn't get the job, Bob says he'd expect a fast change of emotions.
"I think the split second and it's not Dolan, I'd be disappointed. However, once I think about it, I'll be so grateful to have him home in our country, to know my relationship with my brother won't change."
With the demands of a Pope, "Our relationship as brothers (would) change forever."
Bob predicted that the more voting sessions that happen, the fewer the candidates left on the table.
"I think yesterday's first vote laid the cards on the table. This morning's vote was important, because we probably took 15 names from yesterday and narrowed them down to five or six. Today's next vote will be critical."
"If we get black smoke at noon today, then I think we've got a wide open race."