During his years in the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal OConnor was active in many areas from ministering to both the rich and down trodden, to preaching it was important to live your faith in both politics and even on the baseball field. He would donate his Social Security benefits to a black scholarship fund and give blood to the Red Cross and ask others to "give" too. In the quiet of the night, he was known to visit AIDS patients at an archdiocesan hospital and could be found listening to them, cleaning their sores and changing their bedpans.
He was a shining light in a very dirty world. He and his parish were abused by the gay community but he handled it with dignity and grace without giving an inch to the haters. He should be used as an example by anyone going against the common culture.