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Victims' groups urge dismissal of Cardinal Law from Roman post

August 04, 2010

Groups representing the victims of sexual abuse have called upon Pope Benedict XVI to dismiss Cardinal Bernard Law from his post as archpriest of St. Mary Major basilica.

The American cardinal—who resigned as Archbishop of Boston in 2002 amid emerging revelations of his failure to address sex-abuse complaints—will play a prominent role in ceremonies at the Roman basilica on August 5, as the Church celebrates the anniversary of the basilica's dedication. Critics of the Vatican response to the sex-abuse scandal argue that Cardinal Law’s continued presence in a prominent position signals that Church leaders are still prepared to protect prelates who mishandled the crisis.


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  • Posted by: amadeuscruz1249 - Aug. 05, 2010 10:54 AM ET USA

    Few people know about the holiness of Cardinal Law. He is a holy man. The reason he was so harshly treated is that he stood up for the truth. He was vocal about gay marriage, abortion, the abuses of dissenting women religious, cafeteria catholics, clerical heretics, liturgical abuses etc. History will treat him well. I choose not to wait for history but rather to speak up for him now.

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Aug. 04, 2010 9:50 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Law's position is a scandal, but Bernadette is correct: Mahoney and others are much more of a scandal.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Aug. 04, 2010 7:22 PM ET USA

    Pray for the victims and pray for Cardinal Law.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Aug. 04, 2010 7:04 PM ET USA

    Why all the concentration on Cardinal Law? He has been the scapegoat for U.S. bishops who have done as much if not more damage to the Church in the U.S. What about Cardinal Mahony of L.A. diocese? I believe more money was meted out to victims of sex abuse in his diocese than any other and yet he remains right there to the end - until his retirement in Feb. 2011. And there are others. It is always Cardinal Law who receives the most criticism. I thank him forgiving us the Catholic Catechism.