Rome Perch Wrong Message

Boston Herald [Boston MA]
May 28, 2004

The Archdiocese of Boston is forced to sell off its 43-acre Lake Street property and shutter dozens of parishes. Victims of clergy sexual abuse continue to wrestle with their own private demons even with a cash settlement in hand.

And the man most responsible for all of that needless pain, Bernard Cardinal Law, is going off to Rome. Now that's some message from the Vatican Virtually forced into retirement, Law had been leading an appropriately quiet life as resident chaplain at a Maryland convent. But yesterday Vatican officials announced that Pope John Paul II had named Law archpriest of St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome. While the position is largely ceremonial, it is nevertheless an honor - an honor for a man who dishonored his church and the people it serves.

Those who felt a huge burden being lifted from their church when Law resigned as archbishop of Boston must surely be disappointed today by a church hierarchy that seems oblivious to the moral consequences of its actions.


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