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Consolation for Boston Catholics? (Pope immediately bans Cardinal Law from St. Mary Major)
RNS ^ | March 15, 2013

Posted on 03/16/2013 10:15:57 AM PDT by NYer

Cardinal Bernard Law in 2008.

Cardinal Bernard Law in 2008.

Boston Catholics (myself included) were rooting for Cardinal Sean O’Malley to ascend to the throne of St. Peter this week. That didn’t pan out, as we all know, but maybe Catholics there received something of a consolation prize.

The British tabloid The Daily Mail writes that Italian media is reporting that Boston’s disgraced former archbishop, Cardinal Bernard Law, 82, is being banished from his cushy residence by Pope Francis:

But first days are all about making a good impression – even when you’re the Pope.

So when the appearance of a disgraced cardinal threatened to cast a shadow over his first engagement, Francis I made sure it couldn’t 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 couldn’t 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 Pope’s first acts will be to arrange new ‘cloistered’ accommodation for the disgraced cardinal, the Italian daily, Il Fatto Quotidiano, reported.

The firm stance was greeted with cautious enthusiasm by campaigners for victims of sexual abuse. David Clohessey of Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said: ‘If he is permanently banned we are slightly encouraged.’

It was dark days in Boston when the Globe broke the story about the clergy sex abuse and subsequent cover up, leading to worldwide revelations that decades of evil had been swept under the rug by senior Catholic prelates. That Cardinal Law wasn’t charged with a crime, despite the best efforts of the Massachusetts attorney general, was bad enough. When he was whisked off to Rome and given a prestigious assignment, Catholics in Boston were stunned. And while Cardinal O’Malley has made great progress in restoring trust in the local church, this always left a bit of a sour taste. If the report is true, Pope Francis will have some good will from people in the Bay State.

And, more importantly, is this the first step in cleaning up the curia?

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: bernardlaw; boston; conclave; massachusetts; pedophilia; popefrancis; romancatholicism
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To: Houghton M.

” I was under the impression that that ‘John Allen’ character is inevitably always wrong. And misleading. Like on purpose.

His only way to draw any attention - like trying to create some fuss or other over scandalous nothings. Pitiful.
Surely fishwrap. “

I was not relying on my impressions. I dont read him - waste of time.

What I said was based on what I have read that has been said about him and the places his junk appears in.

Also the thread author, who is reliable, pointed that out pointedly. Allen and his junk > fishwrap. > National ‘catholic’ Reporter.

The GOOD , Catholic, paper is: National Catholic REGISTER

21 posted on 03/16/2013 3:40:34 PM PDT by PraiseTheLord (economic civil war ?)
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To: PraiseTheLord

It’s rather foolish to so assuredly condemn what you don’t, by your own admission, know anything about.

Allen is solid. Even the source of your Fishwrap label for the NCR, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf respects John Allen’s work.

Ignorance is bliss, they say.

22 posted on 03/16/2013 3:48:20 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: Alex Murphy
we've been told for years that giving Law a cardinalship and sending him to the Vatican was his punishment

Law was a cardinal long before the abuse scandal broke, so that certainly wasn't his punishment. And his assignment was as archpriest of a Roman basilica, a largely ceremonial role. It's not in the Vatican.

23 posted on 03/16/2013 7:32:46 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Campion
Law was a cardinal long before the abuse scandal broke, so that certainly wasn't his punishment. And his assignment was as archpriest of a Roman basilica, a largely ceremonial role. It's not in the Vatican.

I stand corrected.

24 posted on 03/16/2013 8:49:56 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: NYer

Ignorant atheists and hack comics won’t let this stop them from hurling their remarks. But it’s good that Francis is being so decisive about this.

25 posted on 03/18/2013 8:52:38 PM PDT by LifeComesFirst (
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26 posted on 03/21/2013 7:23:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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