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Cardinal reflects on his role as bishop


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SOUTH END -- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley spoke with The Pilot July 22 on his views about the role of bishops in society and in the Church, using the questions he was asked at his ordination as bishop August 2, 1984 as a general theme for the interview.

Q: On the day of your ordination as a bishop you were asked to bind yourself to as many as nine different promises for your future ministry. What are your reflections about those questions?

Cardinal O’Malley: To me, these questions define what the ministry of a bishop is about.

We have the expression, “lex orandi, lex credendi” -- the law of praying is the law of belief. The liturgy teaches us about faith. I think the ordination ceremony of a bishop teaches us about what the role of the bishop is supposed to be, and of course, we are very weak and imperfect human beings. We strive to live this ideal, some things we do better than others, and sometimes we fail, but this is the goal.

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