What about the children? This disgrace to humanity needs to be prosecuted and sent to the clink (along with his boss). Cardinal Bernard Law embodies the Catholic church hierarchy that has been exposed as a pedophile priest protection racket. He has turned his resignation — will he ever be held accountable for his disgusting acts in Boston? (AP)
Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in disgrace as Boston’s archbishop in 2002 after the priest sex abuse scandal exploded in the United States, has retired from his subsequent job as head of a major Roman basilica.
The Vatican said Monday that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the 80-year-old Law’s resignation as archpriest of St. Mary Major basilica and had named Spanish Monsignor Santos Abril y Castello to replace him.
Law’s 2004 appointment as the archpriest of one of Rome’s most important basilicas had been harshly criticized by victims of priestly sex abuse, who charged that bishops who covered up for pedophile priests should be punished, not rewarded.
As the first and only bishop in the U.S. to step down from his post back in 2002, Law was whisked away to Rome by Pope Benedict as it became clear that the law was closing in. He was directly involved in covering up perverted criminal activities.
The crisis spread as similar sexual abuse complaints were uncovered in dioceses across the country. To date, U.S. dioceses have paid out nearly $3 billion in settlements to victims and other costs.
Law himself was named in hundreds of lawsuits accusing him of failing to protect children from known child molesters. After 18 years leading the nation’s fourth-largest archdiocese, Law resigned in 2002, having asked Pope John Paul II twice before receiving permission to step down.
Pope graphic by Mike Tidmus