"The media didn't realize he
had a sense of humor," said Msgr.
Steve Avila, who served as secretary to Cardinal O'Malley when he was bishop of Fall River, Mass.
"There's a person behind an office, a special person with great compassion, who's very gentle, and a very, very good listener," Msgr.
told Catholic News Service March 23.
Msgr. Avila said Cardinal O'Malley's style was to deal directly with the crisis in "a decisive and clear manner and then move on" to other pressing issues.
did not just clean up the mess left behind by sex abuse scandals in Fall River, Mass., but expanded social programs, set up an AIDS ministry and spearheaded projects to provide affordable housing for low-income people, the monsignor said.
Unfortunately, the cardinal's broader vision of social justice "gets squashed" by so much focus on the controversial decisions being made to keep the Archdiocese of Boston away from the brink of bankruptcy, said Msgr.
Avila, a pastor at St. John Neumann in East Freetown, Mass.
permalink posted by Rob @ 8:05 PM