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The differences between the two American cardinals with papal potential

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By Anne Allred

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Another American Cardinal has emerged as an unlikely star amid the drama unfolding in Rome.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, wasn't even on any lists of cardinals with papal potential two weeks ago. But there are big differences between Cardinal O'Malley and St. Louis native, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Cardinal Dolan is an Archdiocesan priest. Cardinal O'Malley is a Capuchin Franciscan, meaning he chose a way of life that involves a vow of poverty, a commitment to the most impoverished people, even living among the poor.

When Cardinal O'Malley became a bishop he was technically released from those commitments, but he still maintains a steadfast allegiance to the order and that simple way of life.

Fr. Charles Polifka, head of the Capuchin Franciscans of Mid-America, went to The Capuchin College with Cardinal O'Malley. He says the two cardinals are not only different in how they practice their faith but also in personality.

"I think Cardinal Dolan is a very popular man, he's very out there among the people, very popular, very outspoken. Sean is more quiet," said Fr. Polifka.

Cardinal O'Malley has spent his career cleaning up dioceses shattered by child sex abuse including
Boston. He arrived in Boston in 2003 when the city was the epicenter of the scandal. In fact,
Cardinal O'Malley sold the mansion the previous four Boston archbishops lived in for millions of dollars.

He used the money to help pay settlements with victims.


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