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?
Why is Law still a cardinal? Why is Law still in the church at all? He has been protected by the church...that's why.
Slandering people who question the church on this as ‘anti-catholic’ is aiding and abbedding the church (not catholics) in it's attempts to avoid accountability.
The Massachusetts AG actually sent troopers to Cardinal Law’s residence to serve him with papers one afternoon. The person answering the door claimed Law wasn’t at home. The next day Cardinal Law took the first Al Italia flight out of Logan Airport. First class, of course.
Evidently Law has support that I wasn’t aware of.
I didn’t anticipate your reaction to this simple post.
“Why isn’t he just fired and told to move on, kicked out of the church’s big boys, and sent back to regular American living as an ordinary person?”
If you're intent on insulting someone, at least use spell-check and proper grammar. Your sentence should read:
Slandering people who question the church on this as "anti-Catholic" is aiding and abetting the church (not Catholics) in its attempts
please pardon my transgression...
Of course. We Catholics believe in forgiveness.
starting to be held accountable.
I bet Law never sets foot in the US again.
Your right,I know a lot of pissed off Catholic.Throw these dirtbags in jail.If they can’t be locked up shame them and get rid of them.What about a Catholic court to get rid of the scum if they can’t be arrested.The people who are protecting them should be locked up too.Send them to Philly forget the Vatican.We are locking up all their asses.
If Pope Francis doesn’t excommunicate Law, maybe he will force him to be cloistered and Law will leave on his own.
We have to figure out a way to reach the average Catholic voter, and I think that some highly visible cases of public humiliation and rejection, and even excommunication, or in Law’s case, removal from the hierarchy and being reduced to normal citizen status and mere pew sitter, would receive massive publicity and would penetrate into the Catholic rank and file and the immigrants.
We need some flash and dazzle, some heavy public battles and publicity to reach the average people who don’t keep up with much media and make them realize that they better get with the program and start voting as Christians.
I don’t know how the statute of limitations works in cases such as these.
If he can’t come back he’ll miss his 50th Harvard reunion.
Interesting that you would define yourself in that way.
Please allow me to further explain. I define myself as a Catholic, not as a non-Prostestant or other "non".
However, I do appreciate your polite reply.
Dream on,I worked with them and for many souls.The true souls are few.The rest vote their pocketbook.I am famous for quitting for every Obama victory since I work in Catholic stuff big time.
“Previously, the anti-catholic herd brayed that Law should be in prison.” - AB
Pro-Catholics too. It is in the Church’s best interest to recognize its flaws, when they occur, and take action to restore the faith and trust of Catholics. Right?
Nice move Pope Francis.
>So ... Benedict XVI removed Law from power in Boston (snip) in a meaningless post in the Vatcian.<
If all this took place in 2002, after Law resigned, then it must’ve been JP II who rescued him.
I hope not.
Your link has nothing to do with Cardinal Law. Law was investigated, but not indicted, which means there’s no “statute of limitations” issue which could arise. That only has to do with the time between a commission of a criminal offense and the filing of an arrest warrant identifying the subject.