Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Disgraced Former Archbishop of Boston Bernard Cardinal Law Dies at 86

The disgraced former archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law died today at the age of 86 after a long illness. Law became famous not for his role as arcbhishop or cardinal, but for his role in the sex abuse scandals that rocked the American Catholic Church in 2002. He was accused of shuffling priests who abused minors from parish to parish. At the time, there was no zero tolerance policy in any diocese. He was born on an Air Force base in Torreon, Mexico on November 4, 1931 to Helen and Benard and was ordained a priest in Mississippi on May 21, 1961.  In 1973 he was made a bishop for the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese and elevated cardinal in 1985, a year after being appointed archbishop of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Because of Cardinal Law, the world began to know more about the role of bishops in handling abusive priests. The Church would face one of the biggest challenges to date which had driven many away from her. The death of the cardinal is being celebrated by many who hope the aformentioned is in hell burning. This anger stems from mostly victims of sex abuse and others who hold a grudge against the Catholic religion. 

Law was moved to Rome after 2002 and appointed archpriest at the Basillica of St. Mary Major. Some view this as an insult to victims and an obstruction of justice. Cardinals are citizens of the Vatican. They hold duel citizenship. By moving Cardinal Law to the Vatican, he was pretty much protected under diplomatic immunity. This prevented legal charges from moving through against him in Boston. There was no way he could be arrested and indicted for his mishandling of abusive priests.

Regardless of his actions or lack of actions, we must pray for his soul. He was not a perfect man, but was still a prince of the Church.  May Cardinal Law rest in peace.  May God have mercy on his soul.





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