April 16, 2005

The Unfortunate Prominence of Law

The Crusader

By Steve Hansen
Published: Friday, April 15, 2005

The archpriest of Rome's Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica recently led the celebratory mass on Sunday, part of nine days of official mourning for Pope John Paul II. Normally, this would not be a problem, given the tremendous stature of the famous Vatican Basilica, and the important role of its archpriest. But it is a problem for many Catholics given the name of this archpriest - Cardinal Bernard Law.

Yes, the same Cardinal Bernard Law who resigned his position from the archdiocese of Boston after accusations of covering up the activities of pedophile priests two years ago. Soon after his resignation, Cardinal Law, for inexplicable reasons, was given a promotion and a prestigious role in Rome. Now, thrust back into the limelight following the passing of the pontiff, Law's important role in the mourning ceremonies has offended some.

"We think it is entirely inappropriate that Cardinal Law should conduct this mass," said Barbara Blaine. "It's a slap in the face for all the many child abuse victims of the church to see this man chosen for such an honour." Blaine and Barbara Doris joined together outside the Vatican in protest of Law's place of honor in the ceremony. Both are members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), who traveled to Rome when they learned of Law's prominent role.

Posted by kshaw at April 16, 2005 09:25 PM