As news of Archbishop Dolan’s precedent-shattering election as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ricochets around the Catholic blogosphere, pundits on all sides are having their say, and more comments and analyses are sure to follow.

Some of those already heard from as of this posting are Rocco Palmo, at Whispers in the Loggia ; Thomas Peters, at CatholicVote.org ; Patrick Craine, at LifeSiteNews.com ; and Steven Ertelt, at LifeNews.com .

The editors at the National Catholic Register have put together a “Getting to Know . . . ” roundup of helpful links to previous stories on Archbishop Dolan and the new USCCB vice president, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville.

Also weighing in are the folks at America , the National Catholic Reporter , and Commonweal .

Catholic News Service : Incoming president of USCCB among those surprised by his election

New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was as surprised as anyone that he was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 16.

“I’m surprised, I’m honored, I’m flattered and a tad intimidated,” Archbishop Dolan told Catholic News Service shortly after being elected in an unprecedented departure from the USCCB’s normal tradition of electing the conference vice president to the presidency.

He said he had no idea what was behind the bishops’ 128-111 third-ballot vote to make him president instead of current vice president Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.

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