Cardinal Bernard Law-Catholic MONSTER dead
The Catholic Church has faced intense scrutiny for many years — and deserves every bit of it — for not doing more to prevent child molestation among the priesthood, and it seems one of the individuals responsible for this horrendous failure is Cardinal Bernard Law.
Or maybe it would be more accurate to say “was,” since Law recently pass away at the age of 86. Not sure this news is really going to make that many people sad, given how he allowed this evil to continue under his watch.
Once upon a time, Law was considered to be one of the most important leaders in the Catholic Church in America. He was responsible for influencing Vatican appointments here in America and was even highly favored by Pope John Paul II.
Here’s Fox News with more details:
But in January 2002, the Boston Globe began a series of reports that used church records to reveal that Law had transferred abusive clergy among parish assignments for years without alerting parents or police. Within months, Catholics around the country demanded to know whether their bishops had done the same.
Law tried to manage the scandal in his own archdiocese by first refusing to comment, then apologizing and promising reform. But thousands more church records were released describing new cases of how Law and others expressed more care for accused priests than for victims. Amid a groundswell against the cardinal, including rare public rebukes from some of his own priests, the pope granted Law’s resignation.
“It is my fervent prayer that this action may help the archdiocese of Boston to experience the healing, reconciliation and unity which are so desperately needed,” Law said when he stepped down as head of the Boston archdiocese in December of that year. “To all those who have suffered from my shortcomings and mistakes, I both apologize and from them beg forgiveness.”
Since 1950, more than 6,500, or about 6 percent of U.S. priests, have been accused of molesting children, and the American church has paid more than $3 billion in settlements to victims, according to studies commissioned by the U.S. bishops and media reports. As the leader of the archdiocese at the epicenter for the scandal, Law remained throughout his life a symbol of the church’s widespread failures to protect children.
Still, Law retained some support in the Vatican. In 2004, he was appointed archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of four principal basilicas in Rome. When John Paul died the next year, Law was among bishops who presided at a memorial Mass for the pontiff in St. Peter’s Basilica. Law also continued for several years to serve in Vatican dicasteries, or policy-making committees, including the Congregation for Bishops, which recommends appointments to the pope. Advocates for victims saw the posts as a sign of favor for Law by church officials unrepentant about abused children.
It’s sickening and disgusting on every level to think how many priests got away with harming children and abusing them in unthinkable ways.
What’s worse is the fact the higher ups in the church did very little to solve the issue due to fear of how it would make the church look in the eyes of partitioners and those who opposed the institution.
The question they should’ve asked is what inaction or a cover-up would make others feel about the church, because they now have a reputation that’s nigh to impossible to shake.
Was it worth it? Probably not.
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