Ronnie Polaneczky: Bevilacqua: Not a predator, but worse

Philadelphia Daily News

Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
Philadelphia Daily News

NINE YEARS AGO, my husband took a photo of our daughter, when she was in kindergarten, with Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

She’d just returned from an excursion to the Philadelphia Zoo, where she’d gotten her face painted like a koala bear’s. Afterward, she and my husband hit the St. Pat’s Day Parade, where Bevilacqua was working the crowds on that unseasonably warm day.

The cardinal graciously posed with my daughter for a picture, and it’s a winner (that’s it, to the right). She’s leaning into him, and his arm is curled around her waist. His other arm rests atop her hand. Their smiles are wonderful – his is warm and kind; hers impy.

We gave a framed copy of the photo to my parents, who loved Bevilacqua. We placed another on our piano, with other family photos.

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