He asked me, that if the question did come up, to let you know that it was never discussed in Rome, ... That there is no plan whatsoever that he be replaced and be moving to Rome in June or any time in the near future.

This is probably one of the most important positions for an archbishop in this country, ... He is in effect the shepherd of New York City, and because of that, the shepherd of this country.

If I were a betting man, which I'm not, I'm guessing by this April 21st, we'll have a new pope elected.

This is a man who will make fidelity to the church's teachings central to his papacy, but I don't think he will hammer people over the head. I think he will invite people to accept the Lord and accept the Church, and I just think this is wonderful news.

He took a collection of decent, not exceptional, high school athletes and he allowed them to maximize every ability they had.