April 12, 2005

American cardinals deny snubbing Law at memorial Mass for pope


VATICAN CITY Six American-based cardinals were absent from a Mass for Pope John Paul celebrated by controversial U-S Cardinal Bernard Law.

But aides to three of those cardinals denied their absence at yesterday's service of mourning was a snub.

Law's handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal forced his resignation as archbishop of Boston. Some American victims of sexual abuse by clergy members had traveled to the Vatican to protest his high-profile role in the papal mourning ceremony.

Posted by kshaw at April 12, 2005 05:34 PM