Even his staunchest supporters might have wished Cardinal Law had been sent to Brescia for three days to look for a replacement belt for the vacuum cleaner, instead of taking an embarrassingly conspicuous role in the pre-conclave ceremonies. I can't believe, though, that the victim group SNAP found the best means of giving voice to its misgivings:
In a letter Friday to Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, California, SNAP asked him to use his influence to stop Law from saying Mass. "From our perspective, Law is exploiting this sad time for his own selfish rehabilitation attempt. Out of sensitivity and respect for those families who continue to suffer because of his cover-ups, and in a spirit of genuine contrition, Law should avoid the public limelight," the letter says.
You know times are seriously bad when you need to ask Roger Mahony to got to bat for you in the matter of archepiscopal cover-ups. In fact, we could equally well imagine a West Coast survivors group petitioning Law to intervene and use his moral authority to stop Mahony from attending the Mass in question. Any way you score it the Church comes out a loser. And it doesn't help that Cardinal McCarrick should be the one to remind us via CBS News that, after all, kids heal quick:
Asked if it was a Vatican signal that Law should be forgiven, McCarrick said, "I think we feel we are all Easter people. ... We look at the light rather than the darkness."
Eminence, you took the words right out of my mouth.
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Posted by: Fr. William -
Apr. 13, 2005 12:29 AM ET USA
Correction to previous entry: that was indeed Sunday, April 3rd, that the boys from Los Angeles and Spokane (Mahony/Skylstad) were in the Vatican, giving interviews in Saint Peter Square for the media... Could someone help me out with an explanation of what they were doing there just hours after the Holy Father had died...? Causing trouble, perhaps? Spewing politics? What about caring for their people in their dioceseses, for whom these successors of the apostles claim to be so "pastoral"?
Posted by: Gil125 -
Apr. 12, 2005 7:18 PM ET USA
As it turned out the LA Times reported that only one American cardinal (Rigali of Philadelphia) did attend the Mass Law celebrated. Three of them (including Mahony) apparently specifically stayed away; the others pled previous engagements.
Posted by: Fr. William -
Apr. 12, 2005 1:46 PM ET USA
The only person who could alter the designation of Cardinal Law as the main celebrant at that Mass was Cardinal Law himself. Why didn't his Eminence exercise the cardinal virtue of prudence & defer to another Cardinal? And, by the way, why were Cdl. Mahony & Bp. Skylstad in the Vatican on Sunday morning (4/4) just hours after the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, the Great, had died? They had to have left their dioceseses before the Pope died. Why were they not with their people being pastoral?
Posted by: -
Apr. 12, 2005 11:51 AM ET USA
Honoratius, the sex scandal has done horrific damage to the Catholic Church to the extent that some Protestants considering conversion back have been repelled by the claim of One, "Holy", .... To apparently have Cardinal Law so visible "seems" that we ,as a Church, have done nothing to correct the problem or "punish" the Cardinal for his part in the sex scandal. He needs to maintain a low profile on appearances alone.
Posted by: benedictusoblatus -
Apr. 11, 2005 8:45 PM ET USA
I'm old enough to remember a time when it was considered healthy to reflect upon the Passion of Christ and the Last Things. That was before the "Easter people" arrived. Please God, make them go away and send us priests who are intelligent, pious and concerned with the salvation of souls.
Posted by: BostonBlackey -
Apr. 11, 2005 7:57 PM ET USA
The question I have is where is the money coming from? The last time I checked, a one day trip to Rome was very expensive; I have to assume that the SNAP folks going to Rome are not the working people they say they are. Cardinal law did an absolutely horrific job here in Boston. However, we have to forgive him and move on, making sure it does not happen again.
Posted by: Janet Baker -
Apr. 11, 2005 7:06 PM ET USA
Honoratus, where do you come up with this idea that we walk out of the confessional expecting others to forgive us? We have a serious duty to make amends to the best of our ability; else, our repentance is false. Making amends means humbling yourself before those you grieved. Also, it's one thing to forgive an individual; it's quite another thing to hold that person in honor. He who "forgives" the guilty punishes the innocent.
Posted by: Lucius -
Apr. 11, 2005 3:57 PM ET USA
The original lead to this story was better: O Runs O Hits 3 Errors. That says it all.
Posted by: -
Apr. 11, 2005 3:17 PM ET USA
When we come out of the confessional,we feel healed and forgiven,even tho we know that we have hurt many people, by our sins,yet we expect our friends,family and spouses to forgive us so we can get on with our lives,why then are some so willing to throw stones at Law and so unwilling to forgive him? The Holy Father talked about Jesus mercy,can we expect to get , even tho we don't give?