Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley

Birthday: 29 June 1944

Capuchin College, Washington, D.C.
Master’s in Religious Education – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese Literature – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Ordination: 29 August 1970
Episcopate: 2 August 1984
Cardinal: 24 March 2006
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Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • In 2015, Cardinal O’Malley called Planned Parenthood’s selling of aborted babies a “direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition.” In his statement, O’Malley directed those who have undergone abortions to Project Rachel, the Church’s post- abortion healing ministry. (Patheos)
  • Cardinal O’Malley praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling which overturned Massachusetts’ abortion clinic buffer zone law. The law, which O’Malley called “discriminatory,” barred people from gathering on public sidewalks outside abortion clinics. (Mass Live)


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Abortion politics

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  • In 2008, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley suggested the Church had yet to formally pronounce on denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians, and that until it does, “I don’t think we’re going to be denying Communion to the people.” However, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter to the USCCB in 2004 instructing that Catholic politicians who obstinately promote abortion and euthanasia are to be denied communion. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2004, a spokesman for then-Archbishop O’Malley said that his policy is that when people present themselves for communion they are given communion. The comment was given after several other U.S. bishops said they would deny pro-abortion presidential candidate John Kerry communion were he to attend one of their masses. (The Washington Post)


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“LGBT” ideology

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  • At a Crux event in September 2014, O’Malley was asked about LGBT issues in the Church. He responded by saying Pope Francis’ notion of mercy and inclusion is going to make a difference in the way the church responds to and ministers to homosexual Catholics and those “on the periphery.” (Crux)
  • A former priest who writes for a website called South Florida Gay News listed Cardinal O’Malley number 1 on a list of top 5 “gay-friendly” papabile at the 2013 conclave. (South Florida Gay News)


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Marriage and Family Life

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Unclear if he upholds Church teaching related to education
  • Cardinal O’Malley attended the 2014 Boston College commencement where pro-abortion U.S. Senator John Kerry received an honorary degree. O’Malley decided to attend the ceremony despite heavy criticism from pro-life Catholics urging him not to. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2014, Cardinal O’Malley told a dissident pro-gay website that the firing of LGBT teachers and diocesan employees “needs to be rectified” and that a dialogue about the 10 commandments with them is needed before terminating someone’s employment. (New Ways Ministry)
  • Cardinal O’Malley skipped the 2013 Boston College commencement ceremonies because the school gave an honorary degree to Ireland’s pro-abortion Prime Minister. (RNS News)