Cardinal John Joseph O’ Connor, Priest and Patriot (Rear Admiral, USN)
I’m a day late – and funnily enough, the good Cardinal was on my mind yesterday, but I had no idea it would have been his 88th birthday.
Rocco at Whispers in the Loggia, who knew him well (I had the great honor of meeting him just once, for an instant) remembers the man I refer to as “Mighty John O’ Connor,” and he gives us valuable links by which we may remember this tremendous shepherd.
Watch the 1/2 hour interview with Charlie Rose (and Rose’s tribute upon O’ Connor’s death). O’ Connor is thoughtful, sane, patient, direct and so incredibly humble. His passing has left a huge void in New York, and I believe in America, where his successor is nearly invisible.
Thanks, Rocco, for the reminder. Happy Birthday, Cardinal!
UPDATE: Rocco’s post also reminded Richard John Neuhaus – who writes beautifully about Mighty John.