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  • Report: Pope Francis bans disgraced Cardinal Law from his church

    03/15/2013 2:28:15 PM PDT · by Hilda · 128 replies
    St. Peter's List ^ | March 15, 2013 | John Bingham
    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 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...
  • Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law from Vatican post (Catholic Caucus)

    11/22/2011 2:32:25 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 21, 2011
    Vatican City, Nov 21, 2011 / 05:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, former Archbishop of Boston, and appointed Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril y Castelló as the new archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Cardinal Law, who resigned in 2002 as Archbishop of Boston in the wake of the sex abuse scandal, turned 80 on Nov. 4.A Vatican official explained to CNA on Nov. 21 that although the official retirement age for a post such as archpriest is 80, it is customary for cardinals to hold their positions for a longer period of time....
  • Boston Priest Defrocked by Vatican

    07/30/2005 12:48:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies · 1,135+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 29, 2005
    The Vatican has defrocked the priest who was the first in Massachusetts convicted of sexual abuse more than two decades ago, the Boston Archdiocese said Friday.In 1984, Eugene O'Sullivan was sentenced to probation after he admitted sodomizing a 13-year-old altar boy. A condition of his sentence was that he not be allowed to work with children.But O'Sullivan was later assigned to four New Jersey parishes. He was recalled to Boston in 1992 after church officials learned of another allegation against him dating to his time in Massachusetts.The Vatican's action to defrock O'Sullivan means he may no longer function as a...
  • Cardinal Law to perform one of the funeral masses for the Pope, what are they thinking!!!!

    04/07/2005 12:12:56 PM PDT · by llama hunter · 24 replies · 1,094+ views
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    Just heard a radio talk show discussing the fact the Vatican has given Cardinal Law, he of the Boston pedophile scandal, a prominent and honoured role in the Pope's funeral...assuming this is true and I gather it must be who is the lame brain who thought that up...... someone is suggesting all Americans should boycott that mass to give the Vatican a message it seems Rome doesn't think the covering up of buggering small boys is problematic..... as it is Law is getting away with murder......with a cushy position in Rome why would you want to detract from the focus...
  • Cardinal Law's New Job

    06/04/2004 1:13:44 PM PDT · by tvn · 23 replies · 195+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 4, 2004 | (Rev.) CHARLES E. BOUCHARD
    To the Editor New York Times: When I read about Cardinal Bernard F. Law's appointment as archpriest of St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome, I didn't know whether to laugh, cry or give up my collar (news article, May 28). There are priests who are guilty of a single incident of misconduct 20 or more years ago. As a result, they have been permanently stripped of their priestly faculties; they cannot wear a collar or present themselves as priests. Having no other means of support, they are allowed to live in their communities and contribute what they can by answering...
  • Cardinal Law Not Exactly Homeless

    06/02/2004 4:24:38 PM PDT · by Arguss · 9 replies · 116+ views
    The New York Times | May 28, 2004 | Al Baker
    May 28, 2004 Cardinal Law Given Post at Vatican By AL BAKER ROME, May 27 - Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who was forced to resign as leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston after a long and painful sexual abuse scandal involving clergy members, was chosen by Pope John Paul II on Thursday to head a basilica in Rome. A statement released in the Vatican's daily bulletin announced that Cardinal Law, who resigned in 2002, would become the archpriest of St. Mary Major Basilica, a church in a downtown neighborhood of Rome that is under direct Vatican jurisdiction. The...
  • Rome's new cardinal sin

    06/01/2004 12:06:44 PM PDT · by tvn · 28 replies · 95+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 30, 2004 | Eileen McNamara
    It wasn't enough to evict parishioners from 65 churches in the scandal-stained Archdiocese of Boston? The Vatican had to choose the same week to install the chief architect of this disaster in a Roman basilica? Set aside the fundamental depravity of rewarding an unindicted coconspirator in serial child rape with a plush posting to the Eternal City. How much clearer a signal could the Roman Catholic Church send to the faithful that it administers justice in two tiers, one for the laity and another for its clerics?.... Saying the occasional Mass for five nuns in a suburban Maryland convent, between...
  • Vatican Appoints Cardinal Law Head of Rome Basilica

    05/27/2004 8:50:34 AM PDT · by ZULU · 100 replies · 250+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2004 | Associated Press
    Vatican Appoints Cardinal Law Head of Rome Basilica Thursday, May 27, 2004 VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II (search) on Thursday gave Cardinal Bernard F. Law (search) an official position in Rome, naming the former Boston archbishop who resigned in the sex abuse scandal as head of a basilica.
  • MA Attorney General says church abuse scandal likely involved more than 1,000 victims

    07/23/2003 7:55:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 330+ views
    AP Wire ... direct feed | July 23, 2003 | Denise Lavoie
    BOSTON (AP) _ Clergy members and others in the Boston Archdiocese likely sexually abused more than 1,000 people over a period of six decades, Massachusetts' attorney general said Wednesday, calling the scandal so massive it ``borders on the unbelievable.'' The report, the result of a grand jury investigation that explored whether church hierarchy should be charged criminally for turning a blind eye to allegations of abuse, said the archdiocese received complaints from 789 alleged victims, involving more than 250 clergy and other workers. However, when other sources are considered, the attorney general said, the abuse likely affected more than 1,000...
  • Pope Visibly Unnerved At News of Boston Scandal

    07/12/2003 6:35:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies · 246+ views ^ | July 10, 2003 | Bill O'Reilly
    (Rome) It is almost impossible to know what really goes on behind the scenes at a place as secretive as the Vatican. Running the worldwide Roman Catholic Church with its more than one billion members is obviously an enormous undertaking and the important decisions are made by a few powerful clerics headed, of course, by Pope John Paul II. But the Pontiff is 83 years old and not in good health. For Americans concerned about the declining image of the Church in this country, the question of the Pope's competency is crucial. With that in mind, I recently traveled to...

    04/13/2003 1:49:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 66+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 12, 2003 | Mark Feeney
    The Boston Globe has won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service for its coverage of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, it was announced yesterday. The Pulitzer board cited the Globe's ''courageous, comprehensive coverage,'' which ''pierced secrecy, stirred local, national, and international reaction, and produced changes'' in the church. ''We're thrilled to be given this recognition, which is the highest distinction a newspaper can receive,'' said the Globe's publisher, Richard Gilman. ''The award validates our belief that the Globe's work on this story, and stories like it, is the ultimate public service that we can provide to the...
  • Prelate finds that repenting does not wash away sins for alleged victims (CHURCH SCANDAL ALERT)

    12/14/2002 1:01:18 AM PST · by MadIvan · 10 replies · 126+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 14, 2002 | Marcus Warren
    If Cardinal Bernard Law hoped to bury the sex abuse scandal demoralising America's Catholic church by resigning and begging for forgiveness yesterday, he was soon proved wrong. Lawyers for the hundreds of alleged victims of priests vowed to press on with their claims for compensation from the Boston diocese. "This is a monster," said Mr Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer for some of more than 450 alleged victims suing the diocese. "His resignation is not going to be a magic wand when all of a sudden everything is OK. "I'm not going away. The victims are not going away." After Boston,...
  • Law resigns as Boston archbishop

    12/13/2002 4:50:01 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 17 replies · 231+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2002 | Associated Press Staff
    Law resigns as Boston archbishop 12/13/2002 Associated Press VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Bernard Law, under intense fire in a church sex abuse scandal, resigned Friday as Boston archbishop, the Vatican announced. The Vatican said Pope John Paul II had accepted the resignation after the two men held talks Friday morning. The pope named Bishop Richard Lennon an auxiliary bishop in Boston, to run the diocese temporarily. "I am profoundly grateful to the Holy Father for having accepted my resignation as archbishop of Boston," Law said in a written statement released by the Vatican. "It is my fervent prayer that...
  • Breaking News: Cardinal Law Resigns Vatican Says

    12/13/2002 4:46:57 AM PST · by NewHampshireDuo · 3 replies · 195+ views
    AP ^ | 10/13/02 | Victor Simpson
    VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Bernard Law, under intense fire in the sex abuse scandal, resigned Friday as Boston archbishop, the Vatican announced. The Vatican said Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation after the two men talked Friday morning. The pope named Bishop Richard Lennon, an auxiliary bishop in Boston, to run the diocese temporarily."I am profoundly grateful to the Holy Father for having accepted my resignation as archbishop of Boston," Law said in a written statement released by the Vatican. "It is my fervent prayer that this action may help the archdiocese of Boston to experience the healing, reconciliation...
  • Breaking News: Cardinal Law to resign

    12/12/2002 10:39:38 AM PST · by Royal Guardsman · 43 replies · 303+ views
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  • Breaking News - Boston's Cardinal Law Offers His Resignation

    12/12/2002 9:25:25 AM PST · by Lonely NY Conservative · 115 replies · 582+ views
    Fox News | 12/12/02 | Fox News
    Boston's Cardinal Law Offers His Resignation - Headline Only as Per Fox News Online
  • Sins of the Fathers hidden by cardinal are laid bare at last (CHURCH SCANDAL UPDATE)

    12/07/2002 5:34:38 PM PST · by MadIvan · 43 replies · 1,099+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | December 8, 2002 | Julian Coman
    The sex, drugs and paedophilia scandal in the heart of the US Catholic Church has brought the Boston archdiocese to the edge of ruin, reports Julian Coman Leo Inzaghi, the manager of the Caffe dello Sport in Boston's Italian district, stopped reading the local newspapers last week. As a practising Catholic and a father, he found their contents too shocking. "My wife telephoned me and said, 'Have you seen what the Church knew about Father Nyhan?' It turned out that the priest at the private school where we sent our daughter was transferred there after being accused of molesting two...
  • Law Struggling to Keep Head Above Water

    12/07/2002 3:55:16 PM PST · by polemikos · 10 replies · 218+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 7, 2002 | Justin Pope
    BOSTON (AP) - After months of criticism for his role in the Catholic church's sex abuse scandal, Cardinal Bernard Law in recent weeks had restored some normalcy to his duties leading the Boston Archdiocese and resumed making high-profile public appearances. But lurid revelations this past week have renewed anger with Law, and some priests even plan to debate whether the cardinal should keep his job. Personnel files made public Tuesday, among documents handed to lawyers for dozens of alleged victims, contained some of the most spectacular allegations to emerge so far, suggesting church officials tolerated priests with a range of...
  • Cardinal Law Gets OK to File Bankruptcy

    12/04/2002 7:54:50 PM PST · by Itzlzha · 30 replies · 326+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/4/02 | Justin Pope
    BOSTON –– A financial panel of the Boston Archdiocese gave Cardinal Bernard Law permission Wednesday to file for bankruptcy as the church tries to settle potentially crippling lawsuits in the priest sex abuse scandal. Law would need approval from the Vatican before filing for bankruptcy.
  • Ex-classmates contradict Cardinal Law's deposition

    08/21/2002 9:53:22 AM PDT · by maryz · 29 replies · 224+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | August 21, 2002 | Robin Washington
    In a sworn deposition released a week ago, Bernard Cardinal Law said he was unaware of sexual misconduct by priests until 1973, when he first heard of charges against his former seminary schoolmate and fellow Mississippi priest George Broussard. "It wasn't on my radar screen," he said to questions by attorney Roderick MacLeish Jr., who is suing the Archdiocese of Boston on behalf of several families claiming abuse by the Rev. Paul Shanley. But two other men who attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, with Law and Broussard in the late 1950s and early '60s say the school...
  • Boston Archdiocese Considers Bankruptcy in Face of Lawsuits

    08/10/2002 9:34:24 AM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 24 replies · 192+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, August 09, 2002 | AP
    <p>BOSTON — The Boston Archdiocese is considering bankruptcy as it faces potentially crippling financial settlements with victims of priest sex abuse -- an option experts say could produce more bad publicity than it's worth.</p> <p>Such a move would also put the Roman Catholic Church in the position of giving control over some of its finances to a secular bankruptcy court.</p>
  • Law: Skip gays' vows

    07/27/2002 11:04:07 AM PDT · by maryz · 44 replies · 356+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | July 27, 2002 | Eric Convey
    TORONTO - Catholics should boycott homosexual-union ceremonies because attending them would lend support to unnatural relationships, Bernard Cardinal Law said yesterday. "For us to give public recognition of that in any way is to confirm a pattern of living that is not ordained by God," Law told about 500 Boston-area pilgrims at a catechism session associated with World Youth Day. He addressed the topic in response to a question about how Catholics should abide by the church's guidance to love homosexuals while opposing same-sex relationships. "The general principle is we are called to love and accept every human being," Law...
  • Church's critics gain from keeping scandal alive

    06/19/2002 4:15:58 PM PDT · by sockmonkey · 8 replies · 128+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | June 19, 2002 | Joe Fitzgerald
    The relentless flogging of the Catholic Church is beginning to beg the question: Who or what will determine when this miserable story has finally run its course? It's obviously transcended the events that triggered it, providing a forum for malcontents who've been angry at the Church for years, long before they ever heard of James Porter and John Geoghan. Listen to their rants - ordination of women, acceptance of homosexuality - and ask yourself what any of that has to do with the betrayal of a young person's trust?The young Malcolm X coined a motto, ``By any means necessary,'' that...
  • Bishop Will Ask Law for Apology

    06/13/2002 7:08:47 AM PDT · by coton_lover · 8 replies · 184+ views
    The Desert Sun ^ | June 13, 2002 | Benjamin Spillman
    <p>Bishop Gerald Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino said Wednesday he plans to ask Boston Cardinal Bernard Law to apologize for knowingly transferring an accused child molester to the local diocese in 1990.</p> <p>Barnes is calling for a one-on-one meeting, which could take place as early as today during a historic conference of American Catholic Bishops in Dallas.</p>
  • Experts say Law rejected advice

    06/07/2002 7:07:51 AM PDT · by maryz · 12 replies · 114+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 7, 2002 | Kevin Cullen
    <p>Under pressure, Cardinal Bernard F. Law implemented so-called zero tolerance and mandatory reporting policies for sexually abusive priests earlier this year, but a group of specialists on sexual abuse who met with Law in 1993 at his invitation say he dismissed advice they gave him then to adopt such measures.</p>
  • Second Miss. priest eyed in abuse: Both clerics served while Law was vicar

    06/07/2002 6:07:04 AM PDT · by maryz · 28 replies · 123+ views
    Boston Herald (print edition) | June 7, 2002 | Robin Washington
    JACKSON, Miss. – A day after Bernard Cardinal Law’s admission that he allowed a priest accused of child sexual abuse to remain at a parish here 30 years ago, a second Mississippi priest has been identified as an alleged molester whose activities also went unchecked by Law. The Rev. Thomas Boyce molested children at St. Peter’s Parish in the early 1970s, lawyers handling cases against the priest and the Catholic Church said yesterday. Boyce served alongside the Rev. George L. Broussard, another alleged abuser whom Law was warned about but did not immediately remove from St. Peter’s, the Cardinal admitted...
  • Law: I Didn't Ignore Abuse Claims

    05/20/2002 7:43:20 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 14 replies · 220+ views
    AP | 5/20/02 | AP
    BOSTON- Cardinal Bernard Law denied allegations he ignored claims of abuse by the Rev. Paul Shanley, saying in a letter to parishioners that he did not learn until 1993 that the priest was accused of molesting boys. Law rescinded Shanley's authorization to be a parish priest in San Bernadino, Calif., after learning of the abuse allegations, the cardinal wrote in a letter distributed on Pentecost Sunday. He said he was not aware of allegations against Shanley dating to the 1960s until a few months ago. The archdiocese faces civil suits alleging it knew of those allegations before it assigned Shanley...
  • Text of Cardinal Law's deposition

    05/08/2002 12:54:32 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 2 replies · 446+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 05/08/2002 | transcript
    <p>VIDEO OPERATOR: We're now recording and on the record. My name is Wayne Martin. I'm a certified legal video specialist for National Video Reporters, Inc. Our business address is 58 Batterymarch Street, Suite 143, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110. We are here in association with Hennessey Corporation, doing business as Robert H. Lange Company of 50 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109.</p>
  • Your Eminence could use a few deposition tips

    05/08/2002 3:23:33 AM PDT · by billorites · 13 replies · 311+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 8, 2002 | howie Carr
    Cardinal Law, repeat after me: ``To the best of my present recollection . . .'' It's very important for you to remember that phrase this morning at the deposition, Your Eminence. Note that you don't say ``recollection,'' you say ``present recollection'' - that extra adjective gives you just a bit more wiggle room, should some inconvenient document or witness turn up later. That ``present'' could allow you later to, ahem, amend your earlier testimony, should it prove - you'll pardon the expression - perjurious. Poor Cardinal Law. As the 71-year-old archbishop does the perp walk for the very first time...
  • Boston's Catholic Church Contemplates Mortgage/Sale of Property

    05/06/2002 7:33:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 292+ views
    TBO.COM ^ | May 6, 2002 | Ken Maguire
    BOSTON (AP) - Faced with hundreds of potential litigants, Boston's Roman Catholic archdiocese is contemplating mortgaging or even selling its headquarters to pay the rising toll of its priest abuse scandal. Lawyers and alleged victims have called on the archdiocese to sell or mortgage the property since it backed out of a settlement with 86 plaintiffs in a civil suit against defrocked priest John Geoghan. The archdiocese's Finance Council on Friday rejected the settlement because of a concern about the growing number of victims and the church's diminishing resources. The deal would have paid plaintiffs between $15 million and...
  • Archdiocese Pulls Out Of Settlement

    05/03/2002 4:29:59 PM PDT · by ardara · 7 replies · 223+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 3,2002
    The Archdiocese of Boston abruptly backed out of a settlement agreement with 86 people who have accused now-defrocked priest John Geoghan of child molestion,saying Friday that the deal would strip it of too many resources. Rejecting Cardinal Bernard Law's request to sign the deal, the archdicese's finance council refused to fund the agreement,estimated to be worth $15 million to $30 million.
  • Lawyer calls Law flight risk: Wants cardinal's passport impounded

    05/02/2002 6:20:41 AM PDT · by billorites · 27 replies · 300+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 2, 2002 | Robin Washington and Tom Mashberg
    A lawyer seeking to depose Bernard Cardinal Law in a sexual abuse case later this month petitioned a court yesterday for a temporary restraining order to impound his passport, calling the embattled prelate a potential flight risk who could be whisked away to Rome to avoid giving sworn testimony. Houston and Bay State attorney Daniel J. Shea, who represents former Catholic Memorial High School hockey player David Carney, asked Suffolk Superior Court Judge Maria Lopez to bar Law from traveling to the Vatican before the May 29 deposition. ``He already left the jurisdiction surreptitiously once to go to Rome,''...
  • Law s legal low point: Cardinal blames the victim

    05/01/2002 3:58:33 AM PDT · by billorites · 4 replies · 150+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | May 1, 2002 | Editorial
    IT SHOULD NEVER have come to this. Indeed, it should never have come to anything at all. Had Cardinal Bernard Law and other leaders of the Boston Archdiocese been even remotely concerned about the welfare of the children in their flock, they would have found ways to protect them from pedophile priests. But the record shows that Law, and certainly others under him, went to great lengths to shield their “brother” priests from public scrutiny, with no regard for the victims. Law has been given more than ample time to rectify the situation. Yet his actions have done nothing but...
  • A mutiny by priests and laity against the cardinal (and the church)? Voice of the Faithful

    04/30/2002 4:54:31 AM PDT · by american colleen · 34 replies · 318+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | April 30, 2002 | by Tom Mashberg and Eric Convey
    Laity group demands voice: In Lowell, pastor snubs diocesan fund drive by Tom Mashberg and Eric Convey Tuesday, April 30, 2002 Nearly 500 mainstream Catholics demanding a major voice for the laity in church affairs met last night to say they would organize locally and nationally despite a recent letter from the Archdiocese of Boston urging ``the faithful'' not to question church directives. The meeting of The Voice of the Faithful group, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Wellesley, came as a small mutiny broke out in Lowell. The pastor of St. Michael's Parish urged his congregants to shun...
  • Boy in abuse case called negligent (Mine: Law's brain-dead attorneys are part of the problem)

    04/29/2002 7:57:00 AM PDT · by sinkspur · 4 replies · 85+ views
    Boston Globe (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram) ^ | 4/29/2002 | Walter V. Robinson
    BOSTON - Cardinal Bernard F. Law has asserted that "negligence" by a boy and his parents contributed to alleged sexual abuse by a priest in Law's Catholic diocese. Law's claim, filed in court by his attorneys, came in his first legal response to allegations that the Rev. Paul R. Shanley began molesting a Newton boy when the boy was 6 years old. The cardinal's claim is boilerplate legal defense language. But a lawyer who is not involved in the case and has handled other cases involving allegations of clergy sex abuse said Sunday night that the decision to use such...
  • Documents Filed by Law Say Negligence by Boy, Parents Contributed to Alleged Abuse

    04/29/2002 5:52:35 AM PDT · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 18 replies · 206+ views ^ | 4/29/02 | AP
    BOSTON -- Cardinal Bernard F. Law, in documents filed by his attorney, said "negligence" by a then 6-year-old boy and his parents contributed to alleged sexual abuse of the child by a priest. A copy of Law’s legal response, filed in Middlesex Superior Court earlier this month, was provided to The Boston Globe by Roderick MacLeish Jr., who is representing the Fords. MacLeish, who is scheduled to take Law’s deposition on June 5, said he found the claim by the cardinal to be "appalling." "There is no set of circumstances under which a 6-year-old child could be blamed for something...
  • An alleged victim is called negligent

    04/29/2002 5:00:20 AM PDT · by american colleen · 114 replies · 411+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 29, 2002 | Walter Robinson
    <p>The cardinal's claim, filed in court by his attorneys, is boilerplate legal defense language. But a lawyer who is not involved in the case and has handled other cases involving allegations of clergy sex abuse said last night that the decision to use such a claim in so sensitive a case showed poor judgment.</p>
  • Cardinal Law denies being transferred to Rome

    04/27/2002 8:31:16 AM PDT · by uglyworld · 8 replies · 251+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/26/02 | CNN
    <p>PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Beleaguered Boston Cardinal Bernard Law denied a published report Friday that he would be leaving Boston and taking an assignment at the Vatican in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal involving priests in the United States.</p>
  • BBC: US priest helped children take drugs

    04/26/2002 9:36:09 PM PDT · by history_matters · 89 replies · 539+ views
    BBC News | Americas ^ | Friday, 26 April, 2002, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK |
    An alleged victim says he was abused for years. A Boston priest at the heart of a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church taught children how to inject drugs, his diary has revealed. Reverend Paul Shanley, who was involved with the North American Man Boy Love Association which promotes sex between men and children, also suffered from sexually transmitted diseases, he wrote. Personal papers and other documents relating to Mr Shanley have been discovered by the Boston archdiocese and handed to lawyers suing the Church on behalf of an alleged victim of molestation. Revelations about...
  • Pope reported set to give Law Vatican posting

    04/26/2002 11:03:22 AM PDT · by history_matters · 75 replies · 554+ views
    Boston Herald online ^ | Friday, April 26, 2002 | Jack Sullivan and Eric Convey
    PHILADELPHIA - Embattled Boston archbishop Bernard Cardinal Law, under siege from the epic sex scandal threatening his 18-year legacy, will likely be replaced and sent to the Vatican by the beginning of June, according to sources. Law, who arrived in Newark, N.J., yesterday after the historic two-day conclave of American cardinals at the Vatican, will be reassigned by Pope John Paul II to an as-yet determined position prior to a scheduled deposition of Law in a legal suit against the archdiocese, according to church officials. ``There will be a promotion by June at the latest,'' said one source. ``They...
  • BREAKING: Church uncovers [NEW!!!] file on Shanley NAMBLA activity

    04/25/2002 9:18:29 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 246 replies · 976+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 4-25-2002 | Maggie Mulvihill and Robin Washington
    Church uncovers file on Shanley NAMBLA activity by Maggie Mulvihill and Robin Washington Thursday, April 25, 2002 <!CAT-LONW!> <!SUMM!> In the latest example of the Boston archdiocese's chaotic record-keeping on problem priests, church officials acknowledged yesterday their discovery of new records detailing allegations of the Rev. Paul R. Shanley's involvement in NAMBLA - the North American Man-Boy Love Association.<!ENDSUMM!> The documents, part of a larger group a judge earlier this month ordered turned over to Roderick MacLeish, a lawyer representing several alleged victims of Shanley, were located late last week by an unnamed archdiocesean staff member, the Rev. Christopher Coyne,...
  • Public outcry is justified- Law must go

    04/24/2002 9:50:33 AM PDT · by My Identity · 10 replies · 223+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 24, 2002 | William J. Bennett
    <p>OPE JOHN PAUL II will wrap up his summit with American cardinals today on the priest sexual abuse scandals. That the pope has called for this meeting is a sure sign that he has recognized the dire straits in which the American Catholic Church leadership is, even if some members of that leadership do not.</p>
  • Unspeakable Abomination - Pedophilia in the Church

    04/23/2002 4:40:38 PM PDT · by jrherreid · 25 replies · 320+ views
    Southern Nebraska Register (article not online) ^ | 04/05/02 | Fabian Bruskewitz, STD
    Unspeakable AbominationAn excerpt from Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz's column in the Southern Nebraska RegisterNo words that are printable, or even conceivable, are adequate to express my outrage, fury, and depression upon learning that anyone, much less a priest, would sexually molest any children. Such a thing is an unspeakable abomination. Upon hearing about such things, I must confess that I am tempted to look for my shotgun and baseball bat, much sooner than I am tempted to give any consideration to a possible “sickness” in a perpetrator. Molestation victims and their families are certainly entitled to anger. Sometimes their excessive anger...
  • A Meeting of the Minds - John Paul II calls the U.S. cardinals to Rome

    04/23/2002 11:17:31 AM PDT · by history_matters · 24 replies · 418+ views
    Newsweek via ^ | 29 April 2002 | Kenneth L. Woodward (Erik Amfittheatrof in Rome)
    A Meeting of the MindsJohn Paul II calls the U.S. cardinals to Rome. Let the damage control begin His office said he was in seclusion, spending his time in prayer. But somehow Boston’s embattled cardinal, Bernard Law, managed to slip past the American paparazzi stationed outside his mansion, board a plane unnoticed and make it to a haven inside Vatican City. NOT EVEN HIS fellow American bishops, who were lunching with the pope, knew that Law had secretly arrived for his own private sit-down with John Paul II. And not until they arrived back in the United States last week...
  • Text of Pope's Address to U.S. Cardinals

    04/23/2002 7:18:12 AM PDT · by history_matters · 62 replies · 1,387+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 23 April A.D. 2002 | Pope John Paul II
    Dear Brothers,                1. Let me assure you first of all that I greatly appreciate the effort you are making to keep the Holy See, and me personally, informed regarding the complex and difficult situation which has arisen in your country in recent months. I am confident that your discussions here will bear much fruit for the good of the Catholic people of the United States. You have come to the house of the Successor of Peter, whose task it is to confirm his brother Bishops in faith and love, and to unite them...
  • Pope blunt before U.S. cardinals

    04/23/2002 7:11:21 AM PDT · by history_matters · 52 replies · 472+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 23, 2002 | NBC, MSNBC AND NEWS SERVICES
      VATICAN CITY, April 23 —   Pope John Paul II bluntly told American cardinals Tuesday that sex abuse by priests is “rightly considered a crime by society,” and that there is no place in religious life for abusers. The pontiff made his comments — his strongest yet since allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests began pouring in this year — during an extraordinary meeting between U.S. cardinals and Vatican officials.        THE POWERFUL and specific words by the pope could have a determining effect on whether the Catholic Church in the United States formulates...
  • Avoiding responsibility: Cardinal Law is doing too little too late

    04/23/2002 1:34:20 AM PDT · by 2Trievers · 10 replies · 170+ views
    Union Leader ^ | April 23 2002
    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...
  • Pope takes action: Cardinals ordered to Vatican over scandal

    04/16/2002 8:54:13 AM PDT · by history_matters · 134 replies · 862+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, April 16, 2002 | Jack Sullivan and Eric Convey (with Tom Mashberg
    Eight American cardinals, some of them under siege in the wake of the spiraling sexual abuse scandal, have been ordered to an extraordinary meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican next week to discuss the exploding tempest. ``I can't think of anything exactly like it,'' said Avery Cardinal Dulles, a theologian at Fordham University in New York and one of the foremost authorities on Catholic church history. ``I don't remember any case where he's called the cardinals and bishops together (but) prompt action is needed at the present time to restore public confidence.'' Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer representing...
  • BBC: Pope orders talks on US sex scandals

    04/15/2002 12:11:55 PM PDT · by history_matters · 99 replies · 629+ views
    Pope orders talks on US sex scandals The Pope has spoken out against "evil" abusers Pope John Paul II has summoned leaders of the Roman Catholic church in the United States to the Vatican to discuss recent disclosures of sex scandals, which have rocked the church. The Vatican says the meeting with American cardinals will probably take place next week. Demonstrators have been calling for Archbishop Law to go The Archbishops of New York and Boston - traditionally the two most important posts in the Catholic church in the US - have been under pressure to resign because of their...
  • Chaput in running to replace Law

    04/12/2002 4:58:39 AM PDT · by Sursum Corda · 3 replies · 221+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 12, 2002 | Jean Torkelson
    Chaput in running to replace Law Denver archbishop strong contender for Boston post By Jean Torkelson, News Religion Writer April 12, 2002 He's considered decisive, principled and scandal-free -- now Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput is being discussed as a credible candidate to succeed the shame-tarred Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston. "In many respects he's just what the doctor ordered," said Philip Lawler, editor of Catholic World Report, an international monthly news magazine. Speculation built Thursday that Law, who has resisted resigning despite a scandal over pedophile priests in his 2 million-member archdiocese, may now succumb after the latest revelation that...