April 12, 2005

Sex-abuse victims group protests Law's role

ROME
The Journal News

By GARY STERN
gstern@thejournalnews.com
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: April 12, 2005)

ROME Cardinal Bernard Law may have been run out of Boston in December 2002 for protecting predator priests, but he was back in this city's most prestigious spotlight last night.

The disgraced former archbishop of Boston his formal title is archbishop emeritus celebrated the fourth of nine daily Masses that are the centerpiece of the official mourning period for Pope John Paul II.

Law, wearing long red vestments, walked slowly at the end of a long procession through St. Peter's Basilica as two advocates for victims of sexual abuse protested his role outside in St. Peter's Square.

"We do not think this is the appropriate time to try to rehabilitate the image of Cardinal Law," said Barbara Blaine, founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the largest group in the U.S. that represents victims of abuse.

Posted by kshaw at April 12, 2005 07:06 AM