It seems that Cardinal Law is doing fine and has merely been moved sideways to give him a lower profile, it isn’t like he is being booted and becoming one of the common people, he is still inside the bubble.
What bubble? He is still a priest, if that’s what you mean. I’m pleased to see that Pope Francis has a keen sense of contempt for the contemptible, but I’m not imagining that he’ll trump up some charges so that Cardinal Law faces a criminal penalty.
Cardinal Law stands accused of nothing other than moral cowardice and stupid administration. In the years since, the church and the state have both created rules and laws requiring affirmative steps to prevent the atrocities that took place in Boston, but they don’t apply in his case. Now, if some clever lawyer finds some way of nailing Law for what he failed to do, I’m all cheers for that, but I’m unaware of any canonical penalty they could apply to this guy to force him to spend the rest of his days wearing burlap and ashes.
Until then, I am happy to know that there is a God in Heaven who claims vengeance for his own.