Thursday, April 07, 2005

I hate to rain on the Pope's parade, but...

This is simply unbelievable,

Former Boston archbishop given role of honor in mourning for

VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in disgrace as
archbishop of Boston over his role in the clergy sex abuse crisis, has been given a role of honor in the mourning for Pope John Paul II.

The Vatican announced Thursday he will lead one of the daily Masses
celebrated in the pope's memory during the nine-day period that follows the funeral, called Novemdiales. The service will be held Monday at St. Mary Major Basilica, where Law was appointed archpriest after leaving Boston.

Some Catholics in his former archdiocese immediately protested.

When it comes to Cardinal Law, the fundamental question is not "What is he doing at the Vatican?" or "Why was he given a role during the Pope's funeral?"

THE question when it comes to Cardinal Law is this,

Why Isn't Bernard Law in Jail?

The evidence speaks for itself: Last spring, Law admitted in a deposition
that he was aware that John Geoghan had reportedly raped at least seven young
boys in 1984 yet nevertheless approved the transfer of Geoghan to another
parish, working with other boys. Other documents revealed that Law similarly
knew of and ignored decades of reported child abuse by Paul Shanley, placing
Shanley in ministries with access to other children. Shanley is currently facing
trial on 10 charges of child rape and six counts of indecent assault and
battery. Law is jetting back and forth to Rome.

Throughout his tenure, Law seemed to reserve his warmest sympathy for
the abusers, not the victims. He lied to a West Coast bishop about Shanley's
history. He signed a document attesting that another known child-molesting
priest, Redmond Raux, had "nothing in his background" to make him "unsuitable to
work with children." Last week, more court documents revealed that the
archdiocese gave new jobs to two priests, one of whom was known to have molested
boys while the other had supplied cocaine to a teenage lover. Law's responses to
these and earlier disclosures? The molesters had been cleared by physicians; the
church kept bad records; his subordinates vetted the transfers; he forgot; he
never knew; he's sorry.