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He was elevated to cardinal in the consistory of May 25,with the titulur church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Romethe traditional one for the Archbishop of New York from to As archbishop, O'Connor skillfully brought to bear the power and prestige of his office to bear witness to traditional Catholic doctrine.
Upon his death, The New York Times called O'Connor "a familiar and towering presence, a leader whose views and personality were forcefully injected into the great civic debates of his time, a man who considered himself a conciliator, but who never hesitated to be a combatant", and one of the Catholic Church's "most powerful symbols on moral and political issues.
He assailed what he called the "horror of euthanasia ", asking rhetorically, "What makes us think that permitted lawful suicide will not become obligated suicide? In the s, he condemned US support for counterrevolutionary guerrilla forces in Central Americaopposed the US's mining of the waters off Nicaraguaquestioned spending on new weapons systems, and preached caution in regard to American military actions abroad.
During a strike in by thethe largest health care workers union in New YorkO'Connor strongly criticized the League of Voluntary Hospitals, of which the archdiocese was a member, for threatening to fire striking union members who refused to return to work, calling it " strikebreaking " and vowing that no Catholic hospital would do so.
Patrick's inO'Connor expressed his strong commitment to organized labor: O'Connor declined to admit them, directing his secretary to "tell them they're not invited.
He strongly denounced anti-Semitismdeclaring that one "cannot be a faithful Christian and an anti-Semite. They are incompatible, because anti-Semitism is a sin.
Homosexuality and the Catholic Church O'Connor adhered to the Catholic teaching that homosexual acts are contrary to natural lawintrinsically immoral and therefore never permissible, while homosexual desires are intrinsically disordered but not in themselves sinful.
O'Connor actively opposed Executive Order 50, a mayoral order issued in by Mayor Ed Kochwhich required all city contractors, including religious entities, to provide services on a non-discriminatory basis with respect to race, creed, age, sex, handicap, as well as "sexual orientation or affectational preference".
We are willing to consider on a case-by-case basis the employment of individuals who have engaged in or may at some future time engage in homosexual behavior. We approach those who have engaged in or may engage in what the Church considers illicit heterosexual behavior the same way.
We believe, however, that only a religious agency itself can properly determine the requirements of any particular job within that agency, and whether or not a particular individual meets or is reasonably likely to meet such requirements. O'Connor rejected the argument that condoms distributed to gay men are not contraceptives.
O'Connor's response was that using an "evil act" was not justified by good intentions, and that the church should not be seen as encouraging sinful acts among others other fertile heterosexual couples who might wrongly interpret his narrow support as license for their own contraception.
Clare's Hospital in Manhattan, the first of its kind in the state. He often nurtured and ministered to dying AIDS patients, many of whom were homosexual. Patrick's Cathedral to voice their opposition to the cardinal's positions on AIDS education, the distribution of condoms in public schools, and abortion.
The protest resulted in 43 arrests on the cathedral grounds. At the time it was the largest demonstration against the Catholic Church in history and remained so until Pope Benedict XVI's visit in to the United Kingdom spurred protests by approximately 20, people.
The woman was worried that there would be a "media scandal if the Pope goes to Newark" because of "voices rumors about McCarrick's behavior with seminarians. O'Connor supposedly conducted an "investigation, an inquiry" and eventually told Caccavillan that "there was no obstacle to the visit of the Pope to Newark.
InMcCarrick was revealed to have sexually abused numerous young boys, seminarians, and priests.
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