John Joseph O'Connor Becomes Cardinal

John Joseph O'Connor Becomes Cardinal

Cardinal John O'Connor

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John Joseph O'Connor is made a cardinal in the Catholic Church. As cardinal-archbishop of New York, John O'Connor will become one of the most influential Catholic leaders in the United States in the latter half of the 20th century.

He will hold a vareity of positions, including that of one of the chief chaplains in the United States navy. Cardinal O'Connor is a strong voice for Catholic conservatism on many issues, forcefully opposing both abortion and homosexuality.

On the other hand, Cardinal O'Connor exerts similar effort on behalf of the Catholic Church's traditional social policies, for example in his advocacy of greater rights for the poor and for labor unions. This becomes increasingly rare among the conservate hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the early 21st century.

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