Cardinal McIntyre, pray for us!
He was ordained a priest in 1921. Francis Cardinal Spellman of New York consecrated him a bishop on January 8, 1941. In March 1948 he was installed as Archbishop of Los Angeles, succeeding the late Archbishop John Joseph Cantwell. He was elevated to Cardinal in 1953.
Cardinal McIntyre was a leader of exceptional vision and foresight. As Los Angeles grew rapidly after World War II, he made sure the Archdiocese would grow with it and be able to serve the people, by finding and buying properties all over Southern California that one day would prove to be ideal sites for parishes, schools and other institutions in communities recently founded or even not yet founded.
Under Cardinal McIntyre, the Archdiocese flourished and the Church was strong. Seeds of trouble surfaced in the 1960s after Vatican II, when, among other things, some dissenters in the clergy and religious orders refused obedience to legitimate Catholic authority, including Pope Paul VI's profound and prophetic encyclical letter Humanae Vitae ("On Human Life"), July 25, 1968, which explained the beauty of married life and the evil of contraception.
Ever since those days, "liberals" have been unable to let go of the memory of Cardinal McIntyre. To this day, some of them still bring him up and revile him.
Obviously, not everything that every member of the hierarchy does can be perfect. But James Francis Cardinal McIntyre was a giant of the Faith, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will forever owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Cardinal McIntyre, pray for us!