Friday, 15 March 2013

Bernard Law sent packing ?

I'm very struck by the positive things I'm watching and hearing in the press about Pope Francis. There are a number of stories circulating about Pope Francis 'bumping' into Cardinal Bernard Law during his visit to St Mary Major.  I like to take the generous view that was held by the Daily Mail. This seems so encouraging, especially as the papacy is still only hours old.  The whole article can be read here, but, I have extracted just the bits about Bernard Law, who it seems Pope Francis wants him living in an enclosed monastery asap rather than enjoying the privileged position he has held at St Mary Major for a number of years ! A sign of more good things to come ? The news only gets better !

"But first days are all about making a good impression - even when you’re the Pope.
So when the appearance of a disgraced cardinal threatened to cast a shadow over his first engagement, Francis I made sure it couldn’t happen again- by banning him from his own church.
Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Archbishop of Boston in 2002, after being accused of actively covering up for a litany of paedophile priests.'
Despite the scandal which exploded to engulf the entire church, he was given an honorary position at the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, in Rome.
Though now retired, the cardinal still enjoys a grace and favour apartment in the cathedral complex.
So hearing that the new Pope was offering prayers at the very same church, it seems he couldn’t resist a discreet peak.
But when Pope Francis recognised him, he immediately ordered that Law be removed, according to Italian media reports. He went on to command: ‘He is not to come to this church any more.’
One of the new Pope’s first acts will be to arrange new ‘cloistered’ accommodation for the disgraced cardinal, the Italian daily, Il Fatto Quotidiano, reported.
The firm stance was greeted with cautious enthusiasm by campaigners for victims of sexual abuse. David Clohessey of Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said: ‘If he is permanently banned we are slightly encouraged."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It would be more important to remove Cardinal Law from all posts he holds in Vatican congregations. It's particularly appalling that the man who ruined one of the best archdioceses in America should be involved in picking new bishops.