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PHILADELPHIA PA – Two men of substantial cloth – the archbishops of the Roman Catholic archdioceses of Philadelphia and New York, respectively – have bet against each other on the outcome of baseball’s World Series.

Philadelphia’s Cardinal Justin Rigali and New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan placed a friendly wager on the series’ outcome, according to a press release Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2009) from the Philadelphia end. Dolan put up a dozen fresh New York bagels as his stakes in backing the Yankees; Rigali, a case of Tastykakes in support of the Phillies.

“Cardinal Rigali is one of my closest and dearest friends,” Dolan said. “For several years he even served as my Archbishop, so I feel a particular loyalty to him. I know he has exquisite taste in most matters. I just wish he had better taste in baseball teams.”

“I have great esteem for Archbishop Dolan,” Rigali countered. “He is a gifted spiritual leader who has been a true friend for many years. That is why I am so sorry he will be disappointed when the Phillies successfully defend their World Championship. We have the cream cheese ready for the bagels that I know will be arriving shortly, after the Repeat in the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love.”

Terms of the bet apparently were settled Tuesday night (Oct. 27, 2009). The Philadelphia archdiocese includes Montgomery County (PA).

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