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JULY 30, 2003
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MESSAGE BOARD
O'Malley named new Boston archbishop

What is your reaction to the appointment of Bishop Sean O'Malley, former leader of the Fall River diocese and current head of the Palm Beach, Fla., diocese, as archbishop of Boston? Will his leadership bring healing to the church, or are further steps needed? Share your thoughts.

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The Catholic church always has been and will always be a corrupt institution no matter who is in charge.

Mark, Cambridge


I'm sure O'Malley is a good man, however in my eyes, the Church has lowered itself in such a way, it is doubtful that most of what it preeches will ever again be believeable. This is not to say that any other religion should be held with any esteem. If the Catholic Church has sunk to this level, then the other religions are probably worse.

jonny, chelsea


First I would like to say that it should be a good thing for Boston Catholics to have a new leader. Second, it really is VERY disheartening to see all of the "who cares" and "cult" references to the Church. I am no longer Catholic, however, a Christian is a Christian and WE SHOULD ALL act as such-not with the hatred and anger I have been reading so far. You are supposed to forgive-and God didn't say it was going to be easy. What the peodifiles (SP?) was ABSOLUTELY wrong--and the cover up was ABSOLUTELY wrong too, however, I think that until everyone learns forgiveness and caring for each other-then nothing is going to ever be resolved and it doesn't matter who sits in that position. I pray for all of the victims--but I pray for the men who committed the crimes more. Also, to the guy who thinks religion is a "a crutch for weak minded people", I am going to pray for your soul the most.

saddened, anytown


I'm Catholic and I have to say that I honestly don't care about this. Will this affect my weekly visits to churh? No. Will it affect my fatih? No. The media is making this such a big deal about it.

Merry, Natick


The problems are not with One individual, the problems are institutional, and took GENERATIONS, to get to this point,,,,going to take at least that long to change the institutional mindset. Going to take a long time, and the institution is still ARROGANT................

Paulie, Huntington NY


As a former seminarian under Bishop O'Malley in his Fall River days, we were very excited to have him on board after the aloof and pastorally absent Daniel Cronin. As a current Boston resident, I am once again glad to see that Bishop Sean is returning to our area. At the time preceding his Fall River appointment, we were very preoccupied with who the new bishop would be, saying "The devil you know, is better than the devil you don't." I'm sure some were thinking the same, in the wake of Law's resignation. I know that there will be many, many posts on this discussion board that will offer a "doesn't matter who's bishop, this is a lost cause" or "nothing changes unless the Vatican changes" point of view. As a lapsed Catholic, my remaining catholic heartstrings are most closely allied with Bishop Sean's social and pastoral activism which softens his otherwise conservative theological viewpoint. It's true, his Capuchin Franciscan background makes a big difference. His point of view is less bureaucratic and hierarchically oriented (it is, ultimately, a matter of degrees). He offers true compassion backed with effective action. Aside from monetary compensation for the harm caused by some clergy, these two things are of primary importance, and put litigation into its proper context. Now, a comment to the Boston Globe: I was saddened that, along with the war-headline-sized caption on boston.com announcing Bishop Sean's appointment, that the article/category subcaption remains "Scandal in the Church." It seems that every news organ around had all sorts of cute titles for every phase and transition of the recent gulf war, indicating its progression and evolution. I really wish the Boston Globe, earnestly honoring its accolades for coverage of the clergy sex abuse crisis, would also demarcate some milestone by changing that subcaption to something that reflects the tangible changes in recent events that point to a "Church in Recovery" or a "Church in Healing" or a "Church in Redemption." It almost smacks of salacious in a FOX-news sort of way that the Globe is trying to eek out every bit of mileage on this story that has readers a bit weary, and wary. For now, regardless of comments of blind allegiance to the new bishop, or comments of utter dismissal of any corrective action taken by the church, I would suggest that this recent appointment of Sean O'Malley as one of the best things the Church can do, in its limited, broken capacities, to help restore the community of faith in Boston. Let us pray for hope and healing.

A. R., W. Roxbury


I have read other responses and would just like to say "I care". You can not blame everyone for the actions of some. They were so wrong I will admit, but there are many many good priests and religous people out there. I think Bishop O'Mally is one of them and I wish him the best.

maureen, anytown


May his appointment by the Holy See lead our Archdiocese into a phase of healing and restitution. May this appointment pave the way to reconciliation between the Church and the men and women her priests have so horribly transgressed.

Daniel W., Winthrop


I hope nobody is disheartened by all of the Catholic-bashing and disinterest by others on this board. Who cares, you ask? I do! And I'm sure I'm not the only one. This is truly great news. Fr. O'Malley sounds like exactly the type of person we need in the Boston Archdiocese - he seems like an incredibly capable and talented man. It will be interesting to see a Franciscan in this post. I, for one, have high hopes. Godspeed, Bishop O'Malley!

KB, Somerville


Time will tell, Catholics will rejoice. For all the negative postings, you should be ashamed.

fk, Milton


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