beyond the law
Cardinal Bernard Law consulted with the Vatican on Monday during an abrupt trip to Rome, stirring speculation that he was stepping down or arranging for the Boston Archdiocese to declare bankruptcy.
Step down? He should be tried for aiding and abetting criminals.
"He's lost his diocese," said the Rev. Robert Bullock, a leader of the Boston Priests Forum, a group that represents about 300 of the approximately 600 priests in the archdiocese. "He's in hiding. He can't appear in public here. We need new leadership."
I hope no one is surprised about this turn of events.
C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League and an outspoken Law supporter, said he considers Law the person best suited to fix the scandal.
"Were he to leave now, it would simply be in the lap of his successor to clear up these problems," Doyle said. "The cardinal, by staying, is really making a sacrifice for the church, allowing his future successor to come in with a clean slate."
Do you think the superintendent of a school district where teachers were rampantly molesting children was found to have been complicit in those acts, that he would be allowed to stay on to "clear up the problems?"
Would a CEO accused of embezzling be allowed to stay with the company to help clean things up?
If he hasn't cleaned the slate by now, it's highly unlikely he would do it in the future. In fact, he muddied the slate so much by not cleaning it up as he went along that it probably isn't even a fixable situation.
How people can continue to defend this man, who let his employees rape, molest, impregnate and sodomize the people who trusted them is beyond me. He should be arrested and thrown in jail, not off in Italy having an audience with the Pope.