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Cardinal O'Connor was wonderful, and I think he should be canonized.

I - and thousands of other New Yorkers - used to line up on Good Friday to hear him preach on the Seven Last Words. He wasn't like Fr. Rutler, witty and elegant and scholarly, but he was incredibly orthodox and sincere and prayerful.

He was also very bold and stood up to all the New York City authorities to defend the Church and preserve its right to adhere to its own beliefs and practices. To my knowledge, Cdl Egan has not filled his shoes very well in this respect.

I used to go to the all-night Adoration at the Lady Chapel, and every so often, in the middle of the night, the Cardinal would come out to join us.


3 posted on 05/03/2006 9:53:19 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius
To my knowledge, Cdl Egan has not filled his shoes very well in this respect.

That's an understatement.

I used to go to the all-night Adoration at the Lady Chapel, and every so often, in the middle of the night, the Cardinal would come out to join us.

That sounds like him. I know a priest who knew him since his days in Scranton. The priest told me that one day in the NY Archbishop's residence that O'Connor said to him (more or less), "Essentially, I am just a priest."

8 posted on 05/03/2006 12:12:18 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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One other thing I meant to mention: A friend of mine converted to Catholicism and was baptized and confirmed by Cardinal O'Connor. My friend told me that after receiving the sacraments, the Cardinal said to him, "Now you are as Catholic as I am." Requiescat in pace.


9 posted on 05/03/2006 12:15:11 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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