The body of Cardinal Cushing lay in state in Boston Cathedral as thousands of Americans this week paid their last respects to the controversial Prince of the Church.
The body of Cardinal Cushing lay in state in Boston Cathedral as thousands of Americans this week paid their last respects to the controversial Prince of the Church. The Cardinal died at his Boston home on Monday (2 November) only a few week after he resigned as Archbishop of Boston.
Richard, Cardinal Cushing was an immigrant blacksmith's son. As a young man he worked on the docks to earn enough money to get him though his tuition at Boston College.
In his youth, the Irish immigrants of New England had little place in its social and economic establishment. But late in his career the Cardinal stood beside a young Irish Roman Catholic from Boston who had just been elected to the highest office in the United States.
Cardinal Cushing was internationally known as the spiritual advisor to the Kennedy family. He offered the prayers at John F. Kennedy's inauguration and three years later he presided at the assassinated President's funeral.
Always strongly interested in missionary work, he had hoped to go to Peru to work with 100 priests in a missionary society he founded. When he Pope this year finally accepted his resignation, it was too late. The 75-year-old Prelate was already fatally ill.