[106th Congress Public Law 175]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

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Public Law 106-175
106th Congress

                                 An Act

   To authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the 
   Congress to John Cardinal O'Connor, <<NOTE: Mar. 5, 2000 -  [H.R. 
 3557]>>  Archbishop of New York, in recognition of his accomplishments 
              as a priest, a chaplain, and a humanitarian.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 


    The Congress finds the following:
            (1) His Eminence John Cardinal O'Connor is a man of deep 
        compassion, great intellect, and tireless devotion to both 
        spiritual guidance and humanitarianism.
            (2) John Joseph O'Connor was born on January 15, 1920, in 
        southwest Philadelphia, the son of Thomas J. O'Connor and Mary 
        Gomple O'Connor.
            (3) John Cardinal O'Connor joined the Navy Chaplains Corps 
        in June 1952 during the Korean Conflict, served with elements of 
        both the Navy and the Marine Corps, and saw combat action in 
        Vietnam. He later served as chaplain of the United States Naval 
        Academy and was appointed as Chief of Chaplains of the Navy with 
        the grade of rear admiral, from which position he retired four 
        years later, in May 1979. He was ordained a Bishop by Pope John 
        Paul II on May 27, 1979. He then served as Vicar General of the 
        Military Ordinariate (now the Archdiocese for the Military 
        Services) until 1984.
            (4) John Cardinal O'Connor became Bishop of Scranton, 
        Pennsylvania, on May 10, 1983, was named Archbishop of the 
        Catholic Archdiocese of New York on January 31, 1984, and was 
        elevated to the rank of Cardinal by Pope John Paul II on May 25, 
            (5) John Cardinal O'Connor has demonstrated an unwavering 
        commitment to public and parochial school education. He has 
        supported and strengthened Catholic schools in their mission to 
        provide a quality education to students of all races, ethnic 
        backgrounds, and religions in the Archdiocese of New York and 
        throughout the Nation.
            (6) John Cardinal O'Connor has provided comfort and care to 
        the sick, the elderly, and the disabled and provided millions of 
        people with spiritual and emotional support. He lead the effort 
        to open New York State's first AIDS-only unit at St. Claire's 
        Hospital, remaining a frequent visitor and volunteer at the 

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            (7) Throughout his life, John Cardinal O'Connor has also 
        served on behalf of the poor and the oppressed, as exemplified 
        by his assistance on behalf of famine victims in Ethiopia and 
        victims in war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina.
            (8) Throughout his career, John Cardinal O'Connor has been a 
        strong advocate of interfaith healing and understanding, 
        particularly among individuals of the Catholic and Jewish 
        faiths, and has played a significant role in helping to 
        establish diplomatic ties between the Vatican and Israel.
            (9) John Cardinal O'Connor took the inspiring words of the 
        Declaration of Independence--``Life, Liberty and the pursuit of 
        Happiness''--and transformed them into a statement of purpose. 
        He has dedicated his life's work to protecting and defending 
        these inalienable rights of all people.
            (10) John Cardinal O'Connor celebrated his 80th birthday on 
        January 15, 2000, and has displayed remarkable courage and the 
        true power of his faith in carrying on his life's work in the 
        face of life-threatening illness.


    (a) Presentation Authorized.--The President is authorized to 
present, on behalf of the Congress, a gold medal of appropriate design 
to John Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York, in recognition of his 
accomplishments as a priest, a soldier, and a humanitarian.
    (b) Design and Striking.--For the purpose of the presentation 
referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter 
in this Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall strike a gold medal 
with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by 
the Secretary.


    Under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, the Secretary 
may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold medal struck under 
section 2 at a price sufficient to cover the costs of the medals, 
including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses, 
and the cost of the gold medal.


    The medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes of 
chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.


    (a) Authorization.--There is hereby authorized to be charged against 
the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund an amount not to exceed 
$30,000 to pay for the cost of the medals authorized by this Act.
    (b) Proceeds of Sale.--Amounts received from the sale of duplicate 
bronze medals under section 3 shall be deposited in the United States 
Mint Public Enterprise Fund.

    Approved March 5, 2000.


            Feb. 15, considered and passed House.
            Mar. 1, considered and passed Senate.