Catholic Memorial High students celebrate new pope, discuss Cardinal Dolan
MILWAUKEE - Students at Catholic Memorial High School waited anxiously to hear who the new leader of the church would be, of course they were all hoping they’d see a familiar face walk out onto the balcony.
“It would be awesome if the old archbishop of Milwaukee was out there, it would be really cool,” said student Becky Calhoun
Dolan was a regular visitor to the school, and he confirmed many of students.
“The fact that I would have been able to say I’ve had dinner with the Pope would have been pretty cool,” said student Caleb Walters
They anxiously watched in the schools auditorium as Pope Francis was announced.
Father Paul Hartmann is thrilled to have a new leader, he admits he’s a little disappointed it wasn’t a man he considers a friend.
“I was hoping. There’s a part of me that would hope. I worked for him for 7 years, and truly loved and respected him. I know it’s a worldwide church,” Hartmann said.
Father Hartmann argues by selecting a Pope from Argentina sends a message to the world of Catholics.
“It says that the church universal, all the cardinals together, realize how the vitality of the church needs to move a little bit, beyond Europe to Latin America,” Hartmann said.