B’nai B’rith International congratulates Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York upon his election as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Nov. 16. The archbishop has proven a friend of B’nai B’rith and the Jewish community during his tenure, particularly since his appointment in late 2009 as the USCCB’s moderator for Catholic-Jewish relations.B’nai B’rith leaders have already had a variety of opportunities to engage with him and his team at the archdiocese, and look forward to continuing a close relationship with the archbishop in his new role at the USCCB throughout his three-year term as president. The archbishop hosted B’nai B’rith and other Jewish communal officials at his residence for an intimate dialogue on the day of Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome on Jan. 17.
“Archbishop Dolan, in his short time in New York, has made clear his intention to offer an ‘open door’ to Jewish partners,” said B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick. “Judging by his degree of openness thus far, we have even greater hope in the archbishop’s future contribution to Catholic-Jewish relations.”
“Time and again, we are reminded of the importance, and delicacy, of the engagement between Catholics and Jews,” Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “In this country and abroad, there is much that can bring us together. We will continue to look to Archbishop Dolan to provide commitment and guidance in deepening this critical relationship.”