Disgraced Cardinal Law "retires" but still has massive power

While Cardinal Bernard Law has been replaced as head of one of Rome’s most prestigious churches, the AP reports that he “remains a member of a half-dozen important Vatican congregations, including the office that helps the pope select bishops.”

So a full ten years after his repeated deceit, callousness and reckless was laid bare, Law is still honored and influential with the church hierarchy. Can there be a clearer sign that top Catholic officials just don’t care about suffering adults and vulnerable kids? Can you name or even imagine another institution where a similar scheming CEO would be afforded such power and prestige?

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: When wrongdoing is rewarded, wrongdoing will be repeated. That’s one key reason why there’s been so very little reform within the church on child sex abuse and cover up. Those who ignore and conceal heinous crimes keep climbing the church’s corporate ladder.

(Earlier this year, Pope Benedict tapped now-disgraced Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali to represent him at a celebration in Eastern Europe. In 2009, the pontiff promoted Bishop Joseph Cistone of Philadelphia, despite his having been exposed as corrupt in a Philadelphia grand jury. We could cite dozens of other examples.)

When the Penn State scandal erupted, several university officials were ousted within days. When the Boston archdiocese scandal erupted, Law clung to his post for almost a year, was essentially promoted, and now, a decade later, still wields considerable power, while living in the literal and figurative power center of Catholicism.

Read more: http://www.news957.com/news/world/article/301515--boston-s-cardinal-law-who-was-disgraced-after-sex-abuse-scandal-resigns-from-rome-job

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  • Chris Morley
    commented 2011-11-30 11:19:48 -0600
    I think AP was wrong to claim Law keeps any say in appointing bishops.

    Much of the media reporting was not accurate. The Vatican in fact made no mention at all of Law’s departure, which is strange in itself. The Vatican only reported the name of Law’s replacement. Most of the media reported wrongly that Law had resigned, when what happened was he hadn’t been allowed to remain in post past 80 as often happens, but was instead replaced.
    Too late the Vatican washes it’s hands of Law.

    Wikipedia tells us “Law reached age 80 on November 4, 2011 and lost the right to participate in any papal conclave and on the same day he ceased to hold his various Curial memberships.” [i.e. including his Curial congregation role in bishops’ appointments]
    This is confirmed by this:
    “Under the terms of Ingravescentem Aetatem, promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1971, when a cardinal reaches the age of 80 he becomes ineligible to participate in a papal conclave, or to sit on a Roman congregation.”
  • Al Henneberry
    commented 2011-11-21 17:12:32 -0600
    So-called Cardinal Law, you will reap what you have sown. May God have mercy on you and forgive you.
  • John M Shuster
    commented 2011-11-21 15:00:50 -0600
    The abuse of children and vulnerable adults is constitutive to the priesthood. They use their charitable church activities to cover for abuse and justify it. Priests are predators or predator supporters through their silence and inaction.
  • Barbara Dorris
    published this page in Official SNAP Media Statements 2011-11-21 08:03:00 -0600

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