Magazine article The Human Life Review

John Cardinal O' Connor, R.I.P

Magazine article The Human Life Review

John Cardinal O' Connor, R.I.P

Article excerpt

The death of Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor, on May 3rd, was a blow not only to Catholics, but to those of all faiths and of none. This was clear in the accolades that came pouring forth in the days after his death, from people widely scattered along religious, ethnic and political lines.

For those in the pro-life movement, his death is a deep loss indeed. He was one of our heroes, a national figure who took every opportunity to proclaim the infinite value of every human life, a leader who did not hesitate to back up his words with a multitude of acts of practical kindness and compassion. For example, in 1984, the Cardinal announced from the pulpit at St. Patrick's Cathedral that any woman or girl who was pregnant and in financial need could come to the archdiocese for assistance. He repeated this publicly many times (though to his frustration, the media usually ignored this part of his message), and he stood by his words.

The Cardinal was for many years a source of great inspiration and support to the Human Life Review (and to the McFadden family); we dedicate this special section to his memory. …

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