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January 15, 2004
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Spotlight Report


July 2, 2003
A new archbishop
O'Malley urges healing, vows a settlement
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff
Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley introduced himself to a wounded archdiocese with an apology for the harm done to young people by sexual abuse, a plea for priests to pull together, and a dramatic pledge to settle the hundreds of lawsuits pending against the local church.
Analysis: Franciscan steps into the eye of the storm
New leader's life marked by intellect, sense of mission
Vatican's selection seems driven first by local needs
O'Malley must handle crisis of faith and finances
O'Malley defends allowing priest to stay in posting

Reaction
For many Boston-area Catholics, a positive impression
Some alleged victims buoyed by meeting with O'Malley
In Palm Beach, Catholics feel a sense of loss
Fall River flock has warm memories of O'Malley's tenure

Globe Opinion
Eileen McNamara: Priest leaves legacy of love
Globe Editorial: A new bishop for Boston
Globe Editorial: Rebuilding the church


July 3
Care for immigrants a constant for bishop
By Monica Rhor, Globe Staff
A connection to immigrants and immigrant communities has often been the trademark of Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley's career and could play a pivotal role in Boston.
Bishop planning a low-key July 30 installation service
Abuse victims not afraid to share their anger at meeting


July 6
Bishop O'Malley reflects church's change
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff
The Archdiocese of Boston awaits the installation of an archbishop like none this city has ever seen -- a Franciscan friar who once took a vow of poverty, who wants to be called by his first name, who eschews the trappings of power.


July 7
Many find hope in Boston's new bishop
By Catherine Dunn and Nicole Fuller, Globe Correspondents
At several churches visited yesterday by the Globe, worshipers expressed hope and happiness about the naming of Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley as Boston's archbishop-elect.


July 13
Bishop's style seen in where he resides
By Michael Paulson and Kevin Cullen, Globe Staff
As Sean Patrick O'Malley prepares for his installation as archbishop of Boston, he must decided whether to live in the grand house in Brighton built 75 years ago for the bishops of Boston or move to humbler quarters, prompted by his vow of poverty and the church's financial straits.


July 18
O'Malley invites Law and victims of clergy abuse to ceremony
By Kevin Cullen, Globe Staff
Archbishop-designate Sean Patrick O'Malley has invited his predecessor, Cardinal Bernard F. Law, and some victims of the sexual abuse scandal that led to Law's resignation to his July 30 installation as Boston's sixth archbishop, church officials said yesterday.


July 21
O'Malley asks for prayers as he heads to Boston
By Alan Scher Zagier, Globe Correspondent
Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley asked yesterday for the prayers of his South Florida flock as he prepares to leave one troubled diocese and take on the even greater challenge of restoring trust in the Boston Archdiocese.


July 27
O'Malley's path of quiet conviction
By Globe Staff
Tthe Globe examines defining moments along O'Malley's path to the nation's fourth largest Catholic diocese.
Washington D.C.: Tenants found unity in 'Padre Sean'
Virgin Islands: Humility renewed a frayed faith
Fall River: For roiled parish, uneasy compromise


July 28
Capuchins take mission beyond friary
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff
Capuchin friars have labored in the Boston area, largely in obscurity, since the 1920s, when a group of British Capuchins set up shop in Milton. Some of the friars hope O'Malley's arrival will somehow lead to new life for them.


July 29
Parishes replenish from other shores
By Monica Rhor, Globe Staff
The fusion of religious ritual and immigrant traditions is fast becoming an integral part of parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Boston. The church community that Bishop Sean P. O'Malley will take charge of when he is installed as archbishop tomorrow is remarkably changed from the one that greeted his predecessors.


July 30
Rites, challenges await O'Malley
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff
Today, a humble friar becomes one of the most powerful men in Boston. After nearly 17 months of nonstop crisis, the Archdiocese of Boston will welcome Archbishop Sean Patrick O'Malley with pomp and protest, optimism and impatience.


July 31
A new leader reaches out
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff
Sean Patrick O'Malley, the 59-year-old Capuchin friar who has become an expert at taking over troubled Catholic dioceses, was installed as the sixth archbishop of the scandal-racked Archdiocese of Boston in a solemn ceremony overlaid with sadness and hope.
At BC, students watch with optimism, awe
Three faces in crowd bound in hope, faith
Sandwiches, chips were bill of fare
O'Malley's homily reveals a frank, devout, humorous man
Near cathedral portals, voices of protest and support
'Good priests' moved to tears at archbishop's words
An angry protest, and prayers
Full text of O'Malley's homily
Cardinal Law
Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley speaks to reporters after being named Boston archbishop on July 1. (Globe Staff Photo / David L. Ryan)

 Message board
Boston's new archbishop
On the day of O'Malley's appointment, readers shared their thoughts on his selection and the future of the archdiocese.

 From the archives
 The James Porter case
Bishop O'Malley was the leader of the Fall River diocese during the James Porter sexual abuse scandal in the early 1990s.

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