April 12, 2005

Residents mixed on cardinal's papal Mass

Utica Observer-Dispatch

Three years after the sex-abuse scandal forced Cardinal Bernard Law out of his position as archbishop of Boston, Law celebrated a Mass of mourning Monday for Pope John Paul II.

Leading the Mass is an honor bestowed on few people. During the mourning period, nine such services will take place at the Vatican.

To some local people, the selection of Law was a sign the Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II stand for forgiveness. For others, it was proof the church doesn't understand the pain it caused thousands of abuse victims.

"Who are we to condemn?" said Mike Nolan of Deerfield. "If the church authorities felt that this is acceptable, then we certainly concur."

Posted by kshaw at April 12, 2005 08:09 AM