Thanks to the graciousness of Editor Luke Coppen, I was recently asked to write an article about Seán Patrick O’Malley, Cardinal Archbishop of Boston, for The Catholic Herald in the UK. As you may know from the reporting on the lead-up to the coming conlave to elect a new pope, Cardinal Seán has been mentioned in a number of quarters as a potential contender for the office of Supreme Pontiff, though as I have said before keep in mind this is not a political campaign election as we understand it in the secular world. That being said, this is a good opportunity for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to get to know more about some of the men who are shepherding Catholicism in the 21st century, and to see what a broad of experience they have in giving their lives to the service of God and His Church.
The piece appeared in this weekend’s edition, and my good friend Sean McCarney of the Just A Catholic Dad podcast is mailing me a copy. I look forward to adding it to my clippings file, and of course those of my readers in the UK can pick themselves up a copy at the news agents or their local parish. In the meantime however, for those not in the UK, another good friend in the Mother Country, Father James Bradley of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, sent me a scan of the article itself, which appears below. In order to read it you may need to use the zoom feature on your browser.
I must also by way of conclusion give a very special thanks to Father Robert Reed of Catholic TV in Boston, who kindly agreed to share some of his thoughts and experiences about working with the Cardinal for this article.