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SUDBURY – One freezing winter day when he was a child, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley told a congregation of Catholics and Methodists Sunday afternoon, the pipes in his house burst and his father opened the phone book to find a plumber.
O’Malley’s mother sang out, “Be sure you call a Catholic!”
These days, O’Malley said, the split between Catholics and Protestants has been replaced with a “new polarity... between believer and non-believer,” a shift that should spur Christians to greater cooperation.
Christians also share a common enemy, he added: what Pope Francis has called “the globalization of indifference” to those who are poor and suffering.
“The call to unity is an imperative,” O’Malley said.
The cardinal preached at a special service at Sudbury United Methodist Church in honor of the 50th anniversary of Cardinal Richard Cushing’s historic visit to the same congregation to discuss the Second Vatican Council’s work on ecumenism.