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Cardinal O'Malley lists sex abuse, Curia reform as priorities
cna ^ | March 4, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre

Posted on 03/04/2013 12:55:59 PM PST by NYer

Cardinal O'Malley speaks with CNA during a March 4, 2013 interview at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA.

Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2013 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley listed clerical sex abuse, reforming the Church’s administration and Christian persecution as some of the issues he thinks the next Pope will have to tackle.

“The new Pope will also need to face the sexual abuse crisis that is really worrying our people,” he stated in a March 4 interview with CNA.

Another issue on his radar is the need to improve the relationships between the various departments of the Church’s central governing body, as well as with the universal Church.

“The relationship between the Church and the Muslim world is very important as well as the Church’s persecution in many countries and the lack of education in others,” Cardinal O’Malley added.

But Cardinal O’Malley also sees that there are positive developments for the Church, since it is “growing and flourishing.”

“We know that this is true since four million young people are hoping to meet with the new Pope in this summer’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro,” said the cardinal.

Cardinal O’Malley of Boston is currently attending preliminary meetings with fellow cardinals in preparation for choosing the new Pope. The gatherings include both cardinals who can vote for the next pontiff and those who are above the age limit of 80.

At the first general meeting this morning, 142 cardinals were present but 12 had not yet arrived in Rome.

“The meetings are very important because they give us the opportunity to know us better and to share information about the Church’s situation in different parts of the world,” Cardinal O’Malley explained.

“They also help us discuss about the Church’s governing body and the characteristics we should look for in a possible papal candidate,” he added.

And it’s important that cardinals with a “very rich experience and wisdom” share it with those participating in a conclave for the first time, including himself, Cardinal O’Malley said.

The assemblies are also a “spiritual retreat” that carry “a prayerful atmosphere, of deep reflection and of a searching of God’s will,” he explained.

As he and his brother cardinals continue to meet and prepare for the conclave, Cardinal O’Malley is hoping that it will be like a novena.

“This needs to be like the novena before Pentecost so that the Holy Spirit can pour over us to help us find our new Peter,” he said.

In his view, the most important thing Catholics can do now is to pray so that the Holy Spirit guides the cardinals in the upcoming papal election.

“It’s important to pray with a lot of faith and to try to do our duty of being spokespeople of the Gospel and to try to live the New Evangelization, inviting others to follow Christ,” he said.



TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues
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With additional reporting by Alejandro Bermudez in Rome.
1 posted on 03/04/2013 12:56:04 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
In his view, the most important thing Catholics can do now is to pray so that the Holy Spirit guides the cardinals in the upcoming papal election.

Ping!

2 posted on 03/04/2013 12:57:24 PM PST by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer

It’s not “sex abuse.” The incidence of attack by actual pedophiles among the Catholic clergy is lower than among the general population. It’s the gay mafia, which people like O’Malley will never admit. Boston was virtually the epicenter of this under Medeiros, who was known to his clergy as “Mother Madeiros,” and it didn’t improve a lot under subsequent bishops, either.


3 posted on 03/04/2013 1:00:55 PM PST by livius
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To: NYer

I’m kinda expecting some sort of order leader to be selected. This would not exclude O’Malley but I would add holiness to the two he mentioned.


4 posted on 03/04/2013 1:04:02 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: All
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley listed clerical sex abuse, reforming the Church’s administration and Christian persecution as some of the issues he thinks the next Pope will have to tackle.

Nothing about the "Gay Mafia" inside the Vatican, though.

5 posted on 03/04/2013 1:09:00 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: livius

It might be gay priests raping boys but they are still priests and it is still sex abuse and there are still many girls who have been raped by priests.

Oh’ and, “everyone rapes children” is a pathetic excuse.


6 posted on 03/04/2013 1:30:36 PM PST by TSgt (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.)
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To: livius

It’s the gay mafia, which people like O’Malley will never admit.


I would bet O’Malley is very sympathic to the gay sexual orientation of his brothern. That is why he does not “admit” it’s queers that are the problem and that church officials like himself, abetted the rape and abuse is a serious denial (hiding) of darkness (moving the abusers around from congregation to congregation). Evil hides and thrives under darkness - denial. That is why confession is central to reconciliation with God. They can not reconcile because they are still denying what they have done.

IMO, O’Malley is one of many soldiers who have twisted themselves around the “scientific” sexual orientation lies of secularism. They carry on even though it is in direct conflict with God and they know that. They know, but deny that they abetted the crimes. They pretend it is just the rapists who have created problems. It’s more than just a personal sin when the Catholic church officials abet homosexuality and the rape of young priests and children as the global policy of the church in the name of Jesus.

Jesus is going to bring that house of cards down, sooner or later. The more they twist the truth and resist, the darker they will go and the harder they will fall. I pray it is over with the next Pope.


7 posted on 03/04/2013 1:34:01 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: NYer
I don't think a Capuchin has ever been elected pope (there have been Franciscan popes--the pope who suppressed the Jesuits in the 1700s was a Conventual Franciscan). Sean O'Malley was brought in to clean up the mess in Boston after Law resigned and apparently has been very aggressive in dealing with the scandal. He has also spoken out against Democratic politicians' support for abortion (but did attend Teddy's funeral).

I was talking yesterday to a permanent deacon who had met O'Malley when he was attending a seminary in western Massachusetts--he thought very highly of him.

8 posted on 03/04/2013 1:50:00 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: NYer
“The new Pope will also need to face the sexual abuse crisis that is really worrying our people,” he stated in a March 4 interview with CNA.

What does that statement mean and entail? That no previous Pope has faced it? That previous Popes have avoided it?

It's the bishops who need to face the "sexual abuse crisis" because they're the ones who created it. The episcopacy needs to be cleaning up its own mess.

Church teaching on who may be admitted to the priesthood is clear; no homos. Americans in particular just thumbed their noses and laughed at this discipline and we've reaped the consequences. Now it's the Pope's responsibility to "face the sexual abuse crisis"??

The new Pope needs to read the riot act to the bishops because many still don't get it.

9 posted on 03/04/2013 2:08:56 PM PST by marshmallow (.)
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To: TSgt; Alex Murphy
Well, the usual suspect surface.

Sexual Abuse of Children by Protestant Ministers

10 posted on 03/04/2013 2:10:24 PM PST by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: SaraJohnson

Oh ... forgot to ping you to post #10.


11 posted on 03/04/2013 2:16:05 PM PST by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer; TSgt; SaraJohnson
Well, the usual suspect surface.

May I assume that you agree with O'Malley, that there's no "Gay Mafia" problem inside the Vatican, then?

12 posted on 03/04/2013 2:36:22 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Verginius Rufus
He's a good man, but not equipped to fill Pope Benedict's shoes.

He talks about "reforming the Church's administration". Perhaps he could start the process in his own back yard.

"Spirit of giving? Boston Archdiocese defends six-figure salaries for top church employees"

"Peter Borre, chairman of the Council of Parishes, a group fighting church closures, says the high salaries run counter to “the basic spiritual mission of the Catholic Church.”

“The crushing overhead weight at headquarters is becoming an intolerable burden for many parishes, and if the archdiocese wants to cut costs, it should start with Braintree (archdiocese headquarters), not in the churches,” Borre told the Herald."

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/21/10798101-spirit-of-giving-boston-archdiocese-defends-six-figure-salaries-for-top-church-employees?lite

The Cardinal doesn't think Obamacare does enough for illegal aliens, yet ignores the socialist underpinnings of the ACA, as well as the inherent unfairness of extorting from Peter, the hard-working taxpaying American citizen, to pay for Pablo, the illegal who sneaks past the border to take advantage of the system.

He posted this on his blog:

"Finally, the ACA does not adequately address the needs of immigrant communities in our country. Health care as a human right and the need for it among some of the most vulnerable people in our nation is one of the reasons why access to health care should be extended beyond ACA."

http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Utility/News-And-Press/Content.aspx?id=24064

Anyway, it's highly doubtful he'll be chosen. The Holy Spirit is apparently biased against Americans. :)

13 posted on 03/04/2013 2:43:20 PM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: NYer

Thanks for the ping.

Beleive me, I know the perversion and pervert hidey power game is not limited to the Catholics!

All people are fallen. You just don’t want the star ravishing Sodommites rising up to run the joint.

Secular government and non-profit organizations will be absolute beasts for boys and young men in a decade. Free ranging pervert territory. If the Christians cede to perversion within, the churches will be Sodom for males, too. We all know what God did with Sodom.


14 posted on 03/04/2013 2:44:16 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Alex Murphy
May I assume that you agree ....

Well, you know what happens when you "assume".

15 posted on 03/04/2013 2:47:41 PM PST by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: SaraJohnson; Alex Murphy; TSgt
Beleive me, I know the perversion and pervert hidey power game is not limited to the Catholics!

Good. In fact, it's quite pervasive. The Boy Scouts are dealing with this boy scouts sexual abuse. Ironically, they are under pressure to drop their ban on allowing homosexuals to join their ranks.

Sexual abuse of minors is rampant in this culture. The courts are filled with such cases committed by rabbis, imams, protestant ministers, orthodox priests, camp counselors, sports coaches ... and the list goes on. The question you need to ask yourselves is why has the Catholic Church been singled out for public flogging? Why doesn't the media cover the abuses in the Boy Scouts but foster their refusal to allow homosexual leaders? Instead, you join the ranks who wish to see the church subjected to pillory. You claim to be christian, yet you are right there with the mainstream media, pointing fingers of blame while your own ministers are engaging, unchecked, in the same abuse. I just don't understand that.

You just don’t want the star ravishing Sodommites rising up to run the joint.

I agree Sara. I also recognize that the Catholic Church, throughout its 2000 year history, has been under siege from without. Many are those who wish to take her down. We also know that during WWII, the church was subtly infiltrated with communist agents. When the sexual abuse scandal of the Catholic Church in North America first erupted and the information was conveyed to Pope John Paul II, he dismissed it. He grew up during the war years and witnessed accusations of homosexuality falsely directed against Catholic priests by communist agents. The possibility that this was true came as a shock. He initiated the process of compiling verifiable facts against those accused. Since the Catholic Church is global, such a task is tedious. Pope Benedict XVI picked up the pace during his pontificate. Last year, with no fanfare, he eliminated hundreds of bishops. Last year, he commissioned 3 cardinals to investigate the extent of this infiltration and that report has now been sealed. It will be delivered to whoever is elected as pope.

Sara, consider that of all the christian churches, only one has held steadfast and uncompromising in matters of faith and morals. These have never changed. Her enemies are many yet she continues in proclaiming the truth entrusted to her by Jesus Christ. We Catholics have the reassurance of our Lord that "the gates of hell will not prevail against" the Church. Many have tried, no one will succeed.

16 posted on 03/04/2013 3:20:08 PM PST by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer

A top priority of the new Pope should be getting a spine transplant for bishops like O’Malley, Dolan, and Wuerl, who love to slobber on powerful politicians—especially Obama—and who have not yet had the courage to declare that pro-abortion nominal Catholic politicians must not be given Communion.


17 posted on 03/04/2013 3:36:12 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: livius

Boston was cursed with three (maybe four) gay bishops in a row, O’Connell, Cushing, Medeiros, Law(?). Naturally, all blackmailable. All of them Kennedy kiss-ups. A cesspool.


18 posted on 03/04/2013 3:39:09 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: NYer
I just heard on the Al Kresta radio show news a while ago that Cardinal Keith O'Brien from Scotland has just publicly reversed his denials he made just last week. (If that has been posted here already, I haven't seen it yet.)

I believe Pope Benedict XVI already began to put a great emphasis on cleaning up this serious problem, and many of the large number of Bishop replacements he made in the USA and around the world during his tenure reflected that.

It seems he put an exclamation point on those efforts by making Cardinal O'Brien step down right before the conclave.

(By the way, your tagline "Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas" is interesting, and was coined by someone who is certainly not a "Two-Book Tommy" either.)   :-)

19 posted on 03/04/2013 3:54:18 PM PST by Heart-Rest ("O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!" Psalm 96:1)
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To: marshmallow
The new Pope needs to read the riot act to the bishops because many still don't get it.

Precisely, and to the American Cardinals as well.

I might add, until the American Cardinals become less politically correct and finally start denying Holy Communion to the pro-abortion Catholics like Pelosi, Biden and outspoken notable others, none of them are worthy to fill the shoes of Saint Peter either.

20 posted on 03/04/2013 3:59:49 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Heart-Rest
I just heard on the Al Kresta radio show news a while ago that Cardinal Keith O'Brien from Scotland has just publicly reversed his denials he made just last week. (If that has been posted here already, I haven't seen it yet.)

You will find it here.

21 posted on 03/04/2013 4:07:50 PM PST by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: Arthur McGowan
A top priority of the new Pope should be getting a spine transplant for bishops like O’Malley, Dolan, and Wuerl, who love to slobber on powerful politicians—especially Obama—and who have not yet had the courage to declare that pro-abortion nominal Catholic politicians must not be given Communion

Agree.

In "Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life", Archbishop Chaput recounts the story of Archbishop Joseph Rummel of New Orleans, who actually excommunicated three prominent Catholics (a judge, a writer and a community organizer) for "publicly denying the teaching of their church". The issue was racial integration. Pro-abort politicians deserve the same response, yet most bishops weakly pretend that there's nothing they can do to discipline these scandalous, hypocritical Catholics.

22 posted on 03/04/2013 4:27:35 PM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: NYer
Sexual abuse of minors is rampant in this culture. The courts are filled with such cases committed by rabbis, imams, protestant ministers, orthodox priests, camp counselors, sports coaches ... and the list goes on. ------------------------------------------------------- I don't go for the “everybody does it, so what” argument. If every Christian would take care of slapping down their own perverts (in their own organizations), we would be better off.

We had two men in the family (husband's side) picked off by the pervs in the scouts when they were children. The Scout management was protecting a nationwide homo perv ring from exposure like the Catholic church. They kept it up until the lawsuits began and the homo pedos have been squealing ever since.

I used to be Catholic and sometimes went to Catholic schools as our family moved around, but your portrayal of the church staff and organization as moral, was not my experience. I had a few very holy adults influence me and for that I am forever grateful. I managed to unload all the others who worked in the opposite direction on my ethics, mind, heart and faith.

If it comforts you, I have avoided all church organizations. There are none that are better than your church. But I am as close as I can be to Christ. The Catholics introduced me to Him and my faith in Him and relationship with Him has never wavered. I understand that may not match your Catholic doctrines.

I have a couple of sisters who go to Catholic churches still. I am not anti-Catholic and I don't want the church to disappear. I do want the evil to fall but that is not the church. I am anti-perv and triple that when done in the name of Jesus. Raping and molesting young men and boys is a serious sin to be protested but doing it behind a curtain of God is horrific.

Just because I condemn the Catholic power structure for feeding homo perv. operations, that does not mean I don't go after all the other pedo organizations and actors, too. I wrote a bunch of letters recently to the Scout Board members, urging them not to give into the money pressure of the pedos. Love you, NYer. Sara

23 posted on 03/04/2013 4:37:41 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: BlatherNaut; Arthur McGowan; marshmallow; NYer; Salvation
American Cardinals have shirked their solemn duties regarding the denial of Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, but that's not the case with the Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga.

Honduran Cardinal Alters Position, Now Agrees Communion Must be Denied to Pro-Abortion Politicians

~snip~

As LifeSiteNews.com reported yesterday, in a recent interview with Time magazine, Cardinal Rodriguez was asked if he agreed with bishops who deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians. The Cardinal responded, ""Who am I to deny Holy Communion to a person? I cannot. It’s in the tradition of moral theology that even if I know a person is living in grave sin, I cannot take a public action against him. It would be giving scandal to the person. Yes, he should not seek [communion], but I cannot deny it from him."

In statements to Carlos Polo, which were reported late yesterday by the Catholic News Agency, Cardinal Rodriguez said his comments to Time magazine should be reformulated "in light of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith teaches in its document, ‘Worthiness to Receive Communion’."

That document was written in 2004 by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was at the time the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

It was sent to the US Bishops to use as a guide in their deliberations over dealing with Catholic pro-abortion politicians. The letter pointed out that obstinately pro-abortion Catholic politicians, after being duly instructed and warned, "must" be denied Communion.

!!!!


24 posted on 03/04/2013 4:39:51 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: SaraJohnson
SaraJohnson, please reconsider a couple things.

For example, I would urge you to first honestly ask yourself if Jesus founded a Church, just like he solemnly promised he would.

Then honestly ask yourself if Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist within that Church He founded, as a mechanism where human beings could be united in a special way with the Sacred Presence of Our Lord Himself, just as He spoke about and promised in a number of places in the Gospels, and as confirmed in the writings of St. Paul.

If those two things are true, then honestly ask yourself why you would let some bad people keep you away from those special things the Lord provided.

While it is just a tiny minority of all the Priests in the Church who have ever been truthfully found to have engaged in that perverted sexual abuse (and they should be removed and receive human justice), there are certainly a lot more sinners than that inside that Church that Jesus founded. In fact, every single person, in every single seat, in every single pew, in every single Church in the world, as well as every single Priest, Bishop, Cardinal, Pope, and all of the other people walking the earth today who are not involved in any Church, are all sinners.

In fact, that is who Jesus came for. Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (See Matthew 9:11-13, Mark 2:16-18, Luke 5:30-32.)

Would you have let the extraordinarily evil actions of a small minority of the original Apostles of Jesus (namely, Judas Iscariot) keep you away from Jesus Himself, just because you did not want to be near Judas?

We can all do our best to eliminate sin, and should do our very best to screen out sinful clergy and other Church leaders, but sin will not be completely eradicated till the end of time, and each of us will then be judged by God and receive God's perfect justice (including every pervert).

Please don't decide to go to Church or to stay away from Church just because of the goodness or evil of anyone there - go for Jesus, because He set up His Church and His Sacred Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for you, and He wants you there.

(I have to go now, but I truly hope you will reconsider your decisions.)

God bless you.

25 posted on 03/04/2013 7:38:59 PM PST by Heart-Rest ("Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!" Psalm 96:1)
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To: Verginius Rufus
He has also spoken out against Democratic politicians' support for abortion

Gee, I missed it -- and I'm in Boston. I do recall his being quoted as saying to some Dem group, "How can you be so wrong on abortion when you're so right about everything else?" This being MA, "everything" presumably includes religious freedom (Boston did not file suit with those other Catholic 53 entities against ObamaCare -- an archdicese spokesman said "we don't have to; if anyone's suing that's enough" though apparently Jones Day is representing them all pro bono), transgender rights, gay marriage and such.

26 posted on 03/05/2013 5:17:35 AM PST by maryz
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To: Verginius Rufus
I was talking yesterday to a permanent deacon who had met O'Malley when he was attending a seminary in western Massachusetts--he thought very highly of him.

For another view, see Boston Catholic Insider featuring such posts as:

o Cardinal O’Malley’s Vatican PR Campaign
o Does Boston Archdiocese have a “gay network” of clergy too? (If you read this, be sure to read the comments)
o Insider Questions: Is Cardinal O’Malley Really “Papabile”?: Part 1
o Parallels between Vatican politics/corruption and Boston diocesan corruption

27 posted on 03/05/2013 5:24:24 AM PST by maryz
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To: maryz
I do recall his being quoted as saying to some Dem group, "How can you be so wrong on abortion when you're so right about everything else?"

Not surprising, considering the incestuous political relationships between Obama/Biden and the Donilon bunch.

Cardinal O'Malley certainly evidences the validity of the Peter Principle, and as such is one of the last people who ought to be installed in the chair of Peter.

28 posted on 03/05/2013 8:44:58 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: maryz

Thanks. I don’t live anywhere near Boston and cannot claim to be well-informed about the situation there. I had quickly looked over the Wikipedia article on Cardinal O’Malley—not necessarily a reliable source of information.


29 posted on 03/05/2013 2:37:32 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: NYer
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30 posted on 03/05/2013 5:48:41 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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