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VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Monsignor Timothy M. Dolan, an auxiliary bishop in St. Louis who headed the American seminary in Rome, was named by the pope Tuesday to succeed retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland.

Pope John Paul II accepted Weakland's resignation May 24 _ a day after he acknowledged paying a $450,000 settlement to Paul Marcoux, a former Marquette University student who said Weakland sexually assaulted him in 1979. Weakland was the highest-ranking American cleric to acknowledge settling a sexual assault allegation against him.

Dolan will succeed Weakland in Milwaukee.

Dolan, 52, served five years as secretary to two papal delegates to the United States in Washington, D.C. From 1994-2001, he served as rector of the Pontifical North American College, an elite seminary in Rome for men selected by their bishops.

He left that post upon his appointment to St. Louis.