‘‘That would be enough of a concern for enough cardinals to make them leery about voting for an otherwise good American candidate,’’ Hilken said. ‘‘These men come from places. They’re citizens of other countries of the world.’’
Despite all these factors, Dolan is being mentioned in some church circles as a potential — albeit longshot — choice. Round and quick to joke about his size, he is an ebullient and approachable representative of the church who is a strong speaker and is known in Rome. ‘‘He’s the bear-hug bishop,’’ Bellitto said.
Dolan already was part of one upset election: In a surprise 2010 vote, his fellow church leaders chose him over the expected victor as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was the first time in the history of the conference that the man serving as sitting vice president was on the ballot for president and lost.