Skip to comments.Report: Pope Francis bans disgraced Cardinal Law from his church
Posted on 03/15/2013 2:28:15 PM PDT by Hilda
The article, from the somewhat sordid Daily Mail, reprints Italian news reports. In pertinent part:
So when the appearance of a disgraced cardinal threatened to cast a shadow over his first engagement, Francis I made sure it couldnt happen again by banning him from his own church.
Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Archbishop of Boston in 2002, after being accused of actively covering up for a litany of paedophile priests.
Despite the scandal which exploded to engulf the entire church, he was given an honorary position at the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, in Rome.
Though now retired, the cardinal still enjoys a grace and favour apartment in the cathedral complex. So hearing that the new Pope was offering prayers at the very same church, it seems he couldnt resist a discreet peak.
But when Pope Francis recognised him, he immediately ordered that Law be removed, according to Italian media reports. He went on to command: He is not to come to this church any more.
One of the new Popes first acts will be to arrange new cloistered accommodation for the disgraced cardinal, the Italian daily, Il Fatto Quotidiano, reported.
Has the cleaning of the Lords House begun?
This is a long but interesting article about what Archbishop O’Malley faced after the rotten core of Bernard Law
IF Pope Francis exiles Law into a monestery then I will know he is on the right track.
I told you that I would praise the previous Pope if it looked like he “fell on the sword” to bring in someone who was strong enough to take on factions in the Church.
Still waiting to see on that one.
It is no easy task. I hope Pope Francis has a strong body to last awhile.
There is a line missing from this story. (And I in no way am defending Cardinal Law’s wrongdoings.)
But we don’t know if Cardinal Law confessed his sins and was forgiven.
This will be interesting to follow.
Maybe he's given such a dreadful choice he'll abandon church office and throw himself on the mercy of enablers he knows.
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I was waiting for this and she did not disappoint. I'm no judge of its accuracy.
This long ago stopped being about punishing the guilty. I'm totally in favor of punishing the guilty. This is about destroying the innocent right along with, and sometimes in preference to, the guilty. It's a lynch mob mentality, and it's aided and abetted by an MSM who would never in a million years dream of encouraging people to assume that all public school teachers are perverts, but have no problem implying that a few evil priests are typical of all of them.
I don’t see that as a conflict. I don’t have a problem with him meeting with Law. Depends what it was about, and what he told Law.
It would be for the best of everybody, including Cardinal Law, if he were sent to a monastery, to live out his life in quiet contemplation.
bumpus ad summum
You’re probably right.
Please send Milwaukee’s disgraced former Archbishop Weakland to live with him.
he’s an old guy ~ tens of millions of the elderly around the world live in poverty on the streets ~ let Law join them.
I won’t miss him. Will you?
If you have a connection you should try to listen to WBZ tonight. There is a program on about Cardinal Law and the sex abuse scandal. These are not anti-Catholic folks. They’re very informed about the history, the problem and the cover-up. They feel it’s pretty clear, the former Cardinal Law isn’t going to come back and face questions.
I should have pinged you.
The fact is that Law is not a fugitive because there are not, and have not been, any criminal charges. And this is because the Mass. AG and the district attorneys in 5 counties did not turn up any perjury, obstruction of justice, criminal conspiracy, civil liability or anything of the sort.
If you've got any additional information on him that could lead to an indictment, go right on ahead. Throw the book at him.
I'd never leave the Catholic Church, but if I had lived in that Archdiocese I fear I would have been tempted to aggravated assault.
May God have mercy.
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