Tomorrow, Cardinal Bernard Law turns 80. Since resigning from his post in Boston almost a decade ago, he has continued to enjoy immense power in the literal and figurative power center of Catholicism, sitting on a number of key church panels (including the small committee that helps select bishops across the globe).
Pope Benedict has a choice. He can finally clearly and publicly acknowledge Law’s long and well-documented history of deceit, recklessness and callousness in clergy sex crimes and cover ups. Or he can delay or keep silent or refer only in the most vague way to Law’s past.
We hope Pope Benedict will choose to act with compassion and courage. We hope he’ll use this opportunity to make a small gesture that will help wounded victims and betrayed Catholics heal from the awful legacy of a corrupt cleric.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com