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It sounds right

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jun 30, 2003

Twelve hours have passed since I first heard the report that Bishop O'Malley would be appointed to Boston, and there still hasn't been a single denial-- not even a pro forma statement saying that the report is speculative. And John Allen, the original source of this story, has a very high batting average.

So my strong suspicion is that it's true. We'll likely know in another 12 hours (that is, Tuesday morning).

And if it is true, it's a brilliant appointment. Check out the news stories tonight and tomorrow morning, and notice how many different people-- from completely different perspectives-- have a high regard for Bishop O'Malley. There's a simple power to the man's personality; he'll have an immediate impact in Boston.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 30, 2003 6:23 PM ET USA

    But what good is salt when it has lost it's flavor? Let's hope with this appointment and subsequent ones the Pope will give a very salty taste to the American episcopacy. Hail Mary...