Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pope Francis may send Cardinal Bernard Law back to Boston


Law’s flaw: Sneed hears rumbles that Cardinal Bernard Law, the most vilified American cardinal in the U.S. pedophile priest probe — who has been living in Rome since 2004 — may find himself doing penance publicly in Boston.

◆To wit: Sneed hears whispers that Law, who was forced to resign as archbishop of Boston in 2002 after it was revealed he was engaged in a clerical sexual abuse cover-up — and now lives in a fourth-century basilica in Rome — may be given a new job by a new pope.

◆The new job? Sneed is told Law may become a “vehicle for healing/public atonement” in the priest scandal, which has rocked the foundations of a church now led by Pope Francis.

◆Backshot: The Massachusetts attorney general declined to pursue cover-up charges against Law in 2003 — but Law’s move to the safety of Rome drew international criticism.

ROME/BOSTON (MA)

Chicago Sun-Times

BY MICHAEL SNEED

March 18, 2013

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