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Archbishop John O'Connor Monday became the head of the New York Roman Catholic archdiocese, one of the most prominent and influential clerical posts in the United States.
Archbishop O'Connor, a theological conservative with a reputation as a fine administrator and disciplinarian, emphasized during a sermon before 3,500 people at a Mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral strict fidelity to the rulings of the man who appointed him, Pope John Paul II, and church teachings against abortion.
Bishop Bernard Law of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo., is scheduled to be installed Friday as Boston's archbishop. Boston is the third-largest archdiocese in the US. New York is the nation's fourth largest.