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when good news is bad news

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Feb 23, 2006

Not everyone in Boston was happy when Pope Benedict announced that Archbishop O'Malley would become a cardinal.

Still it's remarkable that, on the very day of the happy announcement, a prominent civic leader in Boston would say, for the record, that he was "uncomfortable" with this honor for the archbishop, in fact "very saddened by the appointment."

Who would make such a gratuitously nasty comment? Some anti-Catholic bigot? A longtime enemy of the archbishop? A bitter critic of the Pope? No, it was Sean O'Malley.

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  • Posted by: Laity1 - Feb. 28, 2006 10:23 AM ET USA

    Benedict Groeschel, a fellow Capuchin, stuck his neck out for O'Malley.

  • Posted by: BostonBlackey - Feb. 24, 2006 8:14 PM ET USA

    As St. Uriah said, Cuenin was not "dumped"! At least in Newton Cuenin was not poisoning the minds of the Catholic leadership of tomorrow. As I have said before, the Church in Boston is at its lowest ebb in many, many years. Cardinal Sean has closed his eyes to what is going on at Boston's un-Catholic Charities and ignored the faithful.

  • Posted by: dusty - Feb. 24, 2006 7:00 PM ET USA

    Sean O'Malley is not a member of what is today known as OFM since they dropped their official title of OFM of Leonine union. Rather he is an OFM Cap. or Capuchin Franciscan todays decendants of that Spiritual grouping whom the Conventuals or more comonly Known as OFM Conv. helped remain clear of that Papal union of splinter groups of followers of Francis.

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - Feb. 24, 2006 6:53 PM ET USA

    The archbishop is a Capuchin (OFMCap).

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 24, 2006 5:26 PM ET USA

    I think its time for those who think that this OFM is being merely faithful to his vows to review the history of the Spirituals vs the Conventuals in the Franciscan Order. Something smells here.

  • Posted by: FrPhillips - Feb. 24, 2006 2:16 PM ET USA

    I have no problem with him being "uncomfortable" with this appointment. Part of the cause of our present problems with so many bishops is because they are far TOO comfortable. But to be "saddened" by it is quite another matter, as far as I'm concerned. It would seem to me that if Peter has summoned him to this responsibility, it should be cause for joy, knowing that God, speaking through the Vicar of Christ, is calling him to an important work.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 24, 2006 12:14 PM ET USA

    He *is* humble, God bless him. But Di sees keenly between lines. Peter Meade at Catholic Charities still works at cross purposes to the Faith and disses it in the Globe. Walter Cuenin has merely taken his dissident act to academia while his poison still bubbles in Newton. All the while our bishop remains mostly out of the sight and hearing of ordinary Catholics while the battle rages around them. The Church in Boston is desperate for a clear and certain trumpet call. That was not it.

  • Posted by: Canismater - Feb. 24, 2006 11:00 AM ET USA

    It's like he's refusing to "take ownership" of his office or something...wait a minute...could he be reliving Francis' life, or authentically living Francis' rule? Wow...a religious man who has stayed faithful to his religious promises. No wonder he's upsetting so many people.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 24, 2006 9:40 AM ET USA

    He dumped the dissident Cuenin, has resolved most of the abuse lawsuits, which were simply horrible, and his personal integrity and self-effacement is a welcome contrast to Cardinal Law, a self-important criminal.

  • Posted by: Indian Catholic - Feb. 24, 2006 5:58 AM ET USA

    I think that's a good thing. The last thing we need are cardinals with an inflated sense of self-worth.

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