August 19, 1996 |
New York's Roman Catholic Cardinal John O'Connor devoted a special Mass to the relatives of the 230 people who perished when TWA Flight 800 exploded in midair a month ago. "This Mass is not--what has come to be, to me, almost a repugnant phrase--to bring closure," O'Connor told the 3,000 people at St. Patrick's Cathedral. "You don't bring closure to human suffering simply because a month has passed. . . . You work toward healing.
October 2, 1991 |
Giancarlo Parretti told bank officials that he had lined up New York Cardinal John O'Connor and the Prince of Malta as investors to help him hang on to struggling MGM-Pathe, a bank official testified Tuesday. Francois Gille, an officer of Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland N.V., also said he was told that O'Connor had accepted in principal an invitation to be a member of the Pathe Communications Corp. board.
February 11, 1991 |
As a light rain falls, Uta Ranke-Heinemann ascends the stairs of St. Patrick's Cathedral and quietly gives thanks. Thanks . . . to thousands of readers in Germany and other European countries who have made her feminist polemic against the Roman Catholic Church, "Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven," a runaway bestseller. Thanks . . .
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November 12, 2009 |
John J. O'Connor III, a lawyer who went to Washington in a historic role, as the husband of the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice, has died. He was 79. O'Connor died Wednesday in Phoenix of complications arising from Alzheimer's disease, the court said in a statement. He had been diagnosed with the disease nearly two decades ago. After Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to serve on the nation's highest court in 1981, her husband gave up a partnership at a venerable Phoenix law firm to accompany her to Washington.
April 19, 1990 |
Until December, the events of last year were part of a steadily swelling wave of adulation for Father Bruce Ritter. The Franciscan priest who founded Covenant House in an East Village tenement in 1969 and turned it into the nation's largest shelter program for street children was honored at the White House by President George Bush. Former President Ronald Reagan came by for lunch. Boys Town gave him its Father Flanagan Award for Service to Youth.
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January 11, 2014 |
Transgender activist Eli Erlick, 18, was on the phone from her home in the small Mendocino County town of Willits and I could not resist asking her to respond to something uttered recently on the radio by James Dobson, founder of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. "God made us male and female," said Dobson, expressing distaste for California's groundbreaking new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and play on the sports teams of the gender they identify with.