Cardinal Egan finally found the bully pulpit that O’Connor used to use. Better late than never.
Indeed! God bless that sainted man. I will NEVER forget his funeral and the shamed expression on the faces of then President Clinton, his wife Hillary and VP Gore and his wife.
At one point in the sermon, O'Connor's hand picked homilist said, "What a great legacy he has left us in his constant reminder that the Church must always be unambiguously pro- life."
There was a beat and then applause broke out. It grew louder, increasing as the cameras fixed on the Clinton-Gore party showing them on screens throughout the cathedral. Cardinal Law attempted to quiet the crowd with his hand, when suddenly the congregation began to stand up, applauding in a wave that moved from the back of the church to the front. If it hadn't been a funeral they would have cheered. It was a defiant, pivotal moment.