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Mixed expressions greet new archbishop


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Banners welcoming the new archbishop of Boston poked out from the crowds gathered outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, July 30. Across the sidewalk, protestors held 15 foot makeshift crosses bearing the names of priests accused of molesting children. People watched from apartment windows across the street and construction workers on extended coffee breaks stood behind the metal barricades surrounding the cathedral.

All had come to catch a glimpse of Archbishop Seán O’Malley on the day of his installation. Some to welcome him; others taking the opportunity to voice their hurt and pain over the clergy sexual abuse scandal.

Among those was Kathy Dwyer, a victim-survivor who grew up in Braintree.

“Show me, don’t tell me,” was her advice for the new archbishop.

“Nothing Archbishop O’Malley will say will heal my pain,” said Robert Nash, who alleges that Father Robert Barrett abused him in 1973. “What can he say.”

Responding to the chants and comments by protestors outside of the cathedral, Father Tom DiLorenzo, administrator of Holy Rosary Parish in Winthrop, and host of the radio show In Season and Out of Season, stopped in front of the church to pray several decades of the rosary aloud. Ticket-holders waiting in line to enter the cathedral joined him.

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