John Cardinal O'Connor: At the Storm Center of a Changing American Catholic Church

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A close-up look at a man at the Center of battles over changes in the Catholic Church draws on intensive interviews and research in order to present the human side of a powerful man leader of the American Catholic Church and the diverse issues dividing the church

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When Hentoff, "a stiff-necked Jewish atheist," and "stubborn" Cardinal O'Connor first met at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, they established a rapport that is reflected in this appealing and instructive biography. It is clear that both men share a lively sense of humor as well as liberal convictions on certain issues that divide American Catholics today. Intransigently loyal to Pope John II, the cardinal is seen as the Vatican's Genghis Khan by those who argue for opening the priesthood to women, for birth control and other changes in Church dictates. Such controversies obscure his battles on behalf of diverting government funds to the poor and homeless instead of spending for armaments, his support of the labor movement and civil rights. The book includes selections from the cardinal's speeches and writings and covers his life from birth in 1920 in Philadelphia through his service as a Navy chaplain to the present. Hentoff, in this biography surpasses his lauded books, as well as his work as the clarion voice of the Village Voice . Readers of any faith or none will enjoy the company of these two unusual people. First serial to the New Yorker.
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Nuclear weapons, homosexuality, women's role in the church, papal authoritythese are some of the topics on which Cardinal O'Connor, as archbishop of New York, has articulated the formal Catholic position. Paradoxically, he is pro labor and nuclear arms control, yet conservatively adheres to official church teaching on abortion, priestly celibacy, etc.a sort of orthodox progressive. Hentoff's sympathetic, discussable biography doesn't ignore O'Connor's blind spotsfor instance, his support of a ban on dissenting speakers. An eye-opening study of O'Connor's life, influence, and personal evolution, this is also a summary of the issues perplexing Americans and Catholics today. Nancy M. Laskowski, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
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