Is the Pope Catholic? Sure. But the Cardinal? FIDDLER explains.

When the New York Times reported today that the mother of the late Cardinal John O’Connor of New York turns out to have been a Jew who converted to Catholicism, they sought some context from the Rabbi James Prosnit  of the congregation where the Cardinal’s grandparents were members at the turn of the 20th Century. The rabbi knew what text to cite in explaining how Dora Gumpel (the Cardinal’s mom) became Dorothy O’Connor: “Rabbi Prosnit called the Gumpel saga, in which a Jewish daughter ventures off and pursues a new life with a man of a different faith, “an American version of the ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ story.”