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Avoiding responsibility: Cardinal Law is doing too little too late
Union Leader ^ | April 23 2002

Posted on 04/23/2002 1:34:20 AM PDT by 2Trievers

CARDINAL BERNARD LAW of Boston left for Rome on Sunday to discuss the Roman Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal with the Pope and other American cardinals. Before leaving, he announced his support for some church reforms.

Law backed the ideas of speeding up the process of defrocking priests who have sexually abused children and of submitting the church to a scientific study of priest sexual abuse.

Aside from this and his acknowledgment that the scandal is indeed a church-created problem in dire need of reform and not, as some cardinals have said, an attempt by the media to destroy the church, Law has done little to further the public’s or the laity’s understanding of what really happened and why. To the great disappointment of many both inside and outside the church, he has continued to cloak the information that would help the church and its members overcome the scandal.

And though he has had ample opportunity, Law has refused to take personal responsibility for his role in covering up and perpetuating the abuse that occurred under his watch.

With statements such as “the Archdiocese’s handling of these cases,” “some actions and decisions made both before my arrival in 1984 and during my tenure as archbishop,” “how inadequate our record keeping has been,” “a continual institutional memory concerning allegations and cases of abuse of children was lacking” and “our mistakes in formulating the best of policies,” Law has shifted responsibility for the scandal off of himself and onto the institutions of the archdiocese and the church.

Not once has he publicly accepted the responsibility for his own actions in knowingly risking the safety of the children of his flock by passing accused and admitted sexual molesters from parish to parish. This is why the public and many Roman Catholics continue to mistrust Law himself and the church leadership in general.

Law acknowledged on April 12 that “secrecy often inhibits healing and places others at risk.” Yet he continues to keep secrets that, were he to make them public, would go further than anything else to end this scandal and restore the church’s reputation. Further than anything, that is, except his own resignation.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: cardinallaw

1 posted on 04/23/2002 1:34:20 AM PDT by 2Trievers
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To: 2Trievers
Law belongs in jail.
2 posted on 04/23/2002 7:19:12 AM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: 2Trievers
The Catholic Church just continues to display it's lack of ability to have empathy for the victims. Getting anything from anyone in charge in the way of a sincere apology is like pulling teeth, so any left hand apology is worthless now to anyone viewing this mess from the outside. And their apology should be worthless to anyone in that denomination. Jesus had some thing to say about those calling themselves by his name that abuse little kids.

Luke 17:1 "And then Jesus said to his desciples, "It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through which they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than he should offend one of these little ones."

There are some wovles in sheeps clothing that have a bad future coming, the thing that is bad here is that not only can't the Church as an institution seem to come to genuine repentence over their guilt in placing wovles over the sheep, their continued blockage of justice is a continuing abuse and a glaring spotlight on their cold heartlessness in regard to the victims that have been used for pleasure then cast aside like aluminum cans.

Law needs to be cast into prison so deep that they will have to pipe daylight to him.

3 posted on 04/23/2002 7:54:27 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: MissAmericanPie
It is never too late.
4 posted on 04/23/2002 7:55:09 AM PDT by Mfkmmof4
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
law belongs in jail

aint that the truth. He should be made to resign, which would send the message to all the perverts and enablers out there.

5 posted on 04/23/2002 7:58:02 AM PDT by rbmillerjr
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To: MissAmericanPie
I hope the people/parishoners take to the streets in LARGE numbers. There doesn't seem to be such a pronounced demonstration as of yet!
6 posted on 04/23/2002 8:14:54 AM PDT by 2Trievers
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To: 2Trievers
They are Christians and are waiting for a display of sincere sorrow on the part of the Church so they can forgive the past and move on. If that sincere sorrow does not manifest itself soon, they will simply vanish from the membership.

There is a prophecy of a "great falling away", and events and attitudes such as are going on today can certainly start that ball rolling.

7 posted on 04/23/2002 8:21:24 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: MissAmericanPie
While I am a dispassionate RC of some years now, and I do not have my ear tuned as closely as you to the Church ... this is so blatantly wrong, I would take to the streets with others to demonstrate my disgust.
8 posted on 04/23/2002 8:42:31 AM PDT by 2Trievers
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To: 2Trievers
Mistakes were made.

It's all about sex. Everyone lies about sex.

Can't we move on?

9 posted on 04/23/2002 8:48:03 AM PDT by Jim Noble
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To: Jim Noble
What you suggest is keeping a room mate who has mugged and beaten you and just move on. Without repentence there is no moving on and so far no real repentence is observed and no assurance that it is being delt with in any way that can be considered some assurance that it won't just continue on.

Like I said, Christians are just waiting patiently to see what develops.

10 posted on 04/23/2002 8:58:45 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Jim Noble
Paaaaaaallllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzee!
11 posted on 04/23/2002 9:01:02 AM PDT by 2Trievers
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