February 23, 2006

Many see selection as a reward for tackling a tough job

Boston Globe

By Mac Daniel and Brian MacQuarrie, Globe Staff | February 23, 2006

Despite scattered grumbling about the clergy sexual-abuse crisis and parish closings, many Boston-area Catholics greeted Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley's selection as cardinal yesterday as a reward for his work during turbulent times and a point of pride for the archdiocese.

''I'm very pleased about it," said Mary Hayes of Boston, as she arrived for noon Mass at St. Francis Chapel at the Prudential Center.

''He came in here to solve the problem, and I think he's done a very good job," she said, referring to the clergy sexual-abuse scandal that rocked the archdiocese under Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who resigned in December 2002 and was succeeded by O'Malley.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2006 08:15 AM