Another profile in courage

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | May 08, 2017

A smiling Cardinal Sean O’Malley was on hand at the JFK Library last night, as former President Barack Obama was presented with the Profile in Courage award for his work on health-care reform.

In his acceptance speech Obama mentioned how wonderful it was to see Cardinal O’Malley there. He didn’t mention the Little Sisters of the Poor. Maybe they hadn’t been invited.

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: jb5131013 - May. 20, 2017 7:23 AM ET USA

    Amidst all of the follies of Church and State nowadays, my mind ever returns to the scene in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in which Elizabeth reveals to Jane that they have been greatly deceived in the characters of Wickham and Darcy. The following quote keeps coming to mind, "There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those two young men. One has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.'' Presently appearance is in Obama's favor, but goodness?

  • Posted by: grateful1 - May. 09, 2017 11:14 PM ET USA

    I believe Christ's promise that the gates of hell shall not prevail against His Church. But it won't be for lack of trying by some of the clergy.