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  Bernard Cardinal Law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bernard Francis Cardinal Law (born November 4, 1931 in Torreon, Mexico) is a Roman Catholic cardinal and is the archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Susannae and a member of the Roman Curia that governs the Universal Church.
On January 11, 1984, Cardinal Law was appointed Archbishop of Boston, prelate bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston by Pope John Paul II.
Cardinal Law's actions prompted public scrutiny of all members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the steps they've taken in response to past and current allegations of sexual misconduct by priests.
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 Law (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the sciences, a law of nature, an empirical law or principle, or physical law is a statement that describes regular or patterned relationships among observable phenomena.
Laws of economics and psychology describe the nature of human behavior and interaction.
Law is the Scots word for hill, commonly found in hill names in Lowland Scotland, UK.
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 Cardinal Law Resigns
Law tendered his resignation in a morning meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, and it was immediately accepted, the Vatican announced.
Law’s resignation came after steadily increasing evidence that he failed to remove sexually abusive priests and with his archdiocese teetering on bankruptcy under the burden of hundreds of lawsuits by alleged victims.
Law remains a defendant in the hundreds of civil lawsuits but it will now be up to Lennon, the temporary administrator, to decide whether the Boston archdiocese should file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to try to force a global settlement of those suits.
www.snapnetwork.org /news/massachusetts/boston/Boston_LAW_RESIGNS.htm   (1084 words)

 Reflections on the Resignation of Bernard Cardinal Law
The problem is that Cardinal Law placed the reputation and institutional processes of the Church ahead of its mission, which is to cultivate, in the world, faith expressed in goodness.
Cardinal Law is a victim of his own faults, of the recent and current faults of the institution he serves, and of a juggernaut with a life of its own.
Cardinal Law's resignation does not end the crisis; and I expect that voices for reform will grow only louder within the Church, here in the Boston area, nationwide, and maybe even worldwide.
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 CNN.com - Calls intensify for Boston cardinal to resign - April 11, 2002
Cardinal Bernard Law is the senior figure among American Catholic archbishops.
Law, 70, is the senior figure among American Catholic archbishops, having served as spiritual leader of Boston's large and influential Catholic community since 1984.
The documents showed that Law and other church officials were aware of numerous child sex abuse allegations against the Rev. Paul Shanley but, instead of defrocking him or removing him from ministry, simply moved him from parish to parish.
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 Rome on $12,000 a Month The Return of Cardinal Bernard Law
Cardinal Law was not present when the offenses took place and the Lord did not see fit to let him know what was going on.
At the conclusion of the retreat Cardinal Law went to serve as chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy of Alma in Clinton, Md. That chaplaincy is coming to an end.
Cardinal Law's old home in Boston is being sold by the church in order to help pay the victims of Cardinal Law's inadequate supervision.
www.cephas-library.com /catholic/catholic_cardinal_law_has_new_position.html   (720 words)

 Boston.com / News / Local / Pope names Law to ceremonial position in Rome
Pope John Paul II yesterday appointed Cardinal Bernard F. Law to a ceremonial job overseeing one of the four major basilicas of Rome, granting the former archbishop of Boston a prestigious appointment just two days after the Archdiocese of Boston announced that it was closing 65 parishes.
The appointment, which will indefinitely provide Law with a job and an apartment at the heart of Rome, infuriated critics who blame Law for the clergy sexual abuse scandal and believe that the ensuing crisis in the church led to the need for the sweeping parish closings announced this week.
Law's new post is as archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major, a fifth-century church frequented by tourists and pilgrims and visited twice each year by the pope.
www.boston.com /news/local/articles/2004/05/28/pope_names_law_to_ceremonial_position_in_rome   (475 words)

 Cardinal Law Resigns as Boston Archbishop
In a statement suffused with sadness, Cardinal Law, the senior Roman Catholic prelate in the United States, apologized for the way he had dealt with accusations of sexual abuse by priests since he was appointed to lead the archdiocese in January 1984.
Cardinal Law is due to give a deposition next Tuesday and Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by four young men who say they were raped by the Rev. Paul R. Shanley, 71, a priest who has become a central figure in the scandal.
Cardinal Law's visit with the pope came as he was under more intense fire in the United States than ever for his supervision of sexually abusive priests.
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 Law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Law wrote at one time, after Geoghan’s return from a treatment center: "It is most heartening to know that things have gone well for you and that you are ready to resume your efforts with a renewed zeal and enthusiasm.
Cardinal Law should be imprisoned for the maximum amount of time under the law.
"Bernard Cardinal Law must put on ashes and sackcloth to at least give the impression he is repenting the part his neglect of the scandalized victim children of his archdiocese played in their rapes.
www.thewandererpress.com /a2-7-02.htm   (2333 words)

 Editorial | Cardinal Law’s shame   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It took roughly 17 years from the time when Law first learned that then-priest John Geoghan was suspected of multiple counts of child abuse for the cardinal finally to apologize for his mishandling of the cases.
"Cardinal Sin." On March 23, 2001, sex-abuse victims of former priest John Geoghan charged that Law was told of Geoghan’s criminal activity as early as 1984 but did nothing to stop it.
Cardinal Law, despite his unflagging support for Rome’s reactionary policies, has done much good for the archdiocese — especially in the areas of interfaith understanding, economic justice, and staunch opposition to the death penalty.
www.bostonphoenix.com /boston/news_features/editorial/documents/02142316.htm   (827 words)

 Catholic-Pages.com | Discussion Forum - Bernard Francis Cardinal Law
Re Law himself, I don't know exactly what it means that he was given one of the Masses to say, but I do think that he probably should have excused himself and let someone else do it just in order to save the Church any embarrassment.
As a member of the Congregation for Bishops, for example, Law is in a position to influence the appointment of bishops to the American church.
They argue that Law has not been held accountable, and that until the church sends a clear signal that there is no future for bishops who fail to intervene aggressively to protect children from abuse, the crisis will never be resolved.
www.catholic-pages.com /forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4599   (2638 words)

 Bernard Cardinal Law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Cardinal Bernard Law moved Father Paul Shanley from parish to parish despite repeated allegations that he was molesting children.
On May 27, 2004 Cardinal Law was appointed by Pope John Paul II to be archpriest of Saint Mary Major Basilica, an honorary ceremonial post in Rome.
Bernard Parish residents who want free demolition of their storm-damaged home by the Christian Contractors Association are urged to attend a 10 a.m.
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 BBC NEWS | Americas | Profile: Cardinal Bernard Law
As Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Law was a high-profile figure both in Church matters and in the wider world.
Cardinal Law was born in Torreon, Mexico, the son of a US army colonel, 1931.
A year later he rose to the position of cardinal, and established himself as a major figure in a city where Catholics enjoy pre-eminence in the fields of politics and business.
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The incredibly bold appointment by Pope John Paul II of the disgraced Bernard Cardinal Law, the Archbishop of Boston from March of 1984 until December of 2002, as the Archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome says so much about the current occupant of the Throne of Saint Peter.
Cardinal Law and his chancery staff in Boston, which included the current Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York, the Most Reverend William Murphy, and the retired Bishop of Brooklyn, New York, the Most Reverend Thomas Daily, betrayed the trust of the victims of perverted priests over and over again.
Cardinal Law should have had the humility to refuse the appointment and to have spent the rest of his life in humble prayer in a monastery, having voluntarily turned in his cardinal's red hat in disgrace.
www.christorchaos.com /ALawUntoHimself.html   (1227 words)

 Cardinal Law
A mother or father sits in the pew and thinks: The cardinal knew a priest was preying on children, and he protected the priest, not the children.
Law's power in the past was a reflection of the deference and money given to him by the city's business leadership.
It was reported in February 2003 that Cardinal Law is moving to Maryland to act as chaplain for five nuns.
www.angelfire.com /ky/dodone/CardLaw.html   (788 words)

 Bernard Cardinal Law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Bernard Francis Cardinal Law (born November 4 1931) became archbishop of the Catholic Church's Boston archdiocese in 1984.
The Vatican announced on December 13 2002 that the Pope had accepted Law's resignation as archbishop he retains his rank of Cardinal conferred in the consistory of 1985.
On May 27 2004 Cardinal Law was appointed by Pope John Paul II to be archpriest of Saint Mary Basilica an honorary ceremonial post in Rome.
www.freeglossary.com /Bernard_Cardinal_Law   (600 words)

 CNN.com - Pope accepts Law's resignation - Dec. 13, 2002
Pope John Paul II on Friday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law as archbishop of the scandal-plagued Boston Archdiocese.
Asked about Law's legacy, Morrissey said in light of the fractiousness and pain how the resignation would affect his "legacy" is virtually the last thing the archdiocese is pondering.
Law will be returning to the United States from Rome sometime this weekend, she said.
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 Boston Globe / Spotlight / Abuse in the Catholic Church / Cardinal Law and the laity
The tarnished career of one of America's most prominent churchmen came to an ignominious end on December 13 as Cardinal Bernard F. Law, meeting with Pope John Paul II in Rome, resigned as archbishop of Boston.
One day after the pope accepted his resignation, Cardinal Bernard Law said he was unsure what role he will play in the church.
On the day of Law's resignation, Boston.com readers shared their thoughts on his career in Boston and the future of the archdiocese.
www.boston.com /globe/spotlight/abuse/law_resigns   (419 words)

 law biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
At the time of his resignation from the Boston Archdiocese, Cardinal Law was 71 years old and, as a cardinal since 1985, the senior member of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy.
Bernard Francis Law was born on Nov. 4, 1931, in Torreon, Mexico, where his father, a career Air Force officer, was then stationed.
Cardinal Law has also headed the bishops' committees on international policy and pro-life activities and served for 12 years as chairman of the board of The Catholic University of America -- a post he resigned just two days before resigning as archbishop of Boston.
www.catholicherald.com /cns/law-bio.htm   (883 words)

 Rod Dreher on Bernard Cardinal Law on National Review Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Law is expected to return to Boston this weekend, where he can begin preparing for his testimony before the grand jury investigating the possibility of criminal wrongdoing in the archdiocese's handling of sex-abuse cases.
With Law gone, the door is open for new leadership, an archbishop who is untainted by scandal and the Boston old-boy network of churchmen that helped perpetuate it.
Complicating the pope's decision to remove Law is a fear the Vatican has long been said to have had regarding the cardinal's departure under fire: the domino effect in the American hierarchy.
www.nationalreview.com /dreher/dreher121302.asp   (1058 words)

 CNN.com - Pope accepts Cardinal Law's resignation - Dec. 13, 2002
Law said he is "profoundly grateful to the Holy Father" for accepting his resignation.
Law had traveled to the Vatican this week to discuss the problems in his archdiocese with officials.
He met with Cardinal Giovanni Re, head of the congregation for bishops, and Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, head of the congregation for clergy, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told CNN Thursday.
www.cnn.com /2002/LAW/12/13/church.sex.abuse   (755 words)

 His Eminence Bernard Cardinal Law, Archbishop of Boston, Reflecting on Cuba   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the course of our conversation, Cardinal Law mentioned to me he was going to be speaking at a conference sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
The cardinal was very kind enough to send a copy of his remarks to me. And after reading them, I have no doubt that all of my colleagues should have that opportunity as well.
Cardinal Law's remarks, which touched on such issues as the state of affairs in the Cuban and United States-Cuban relations are very insightful, and I urge my colleagues to read the full text of his remarks.
www.senate.gov /member/ct/dodd/general/press/Speeches/105_98/0319.htm   (792 words)

 Rod Dreher on Cardinal Bernard Law on National Review Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
One striking example of Law's evasiveness came when MacLeish asked the cardinal if in the early 1970s, when he was vicar general to a Mississippi bishop, he had approved the assignment of a pederast priest to a parish.
Law, who was the bishop's top aide, said he did not make that decision.
Law also professed no memory of when he got to know Doyle, who in 1985 co-authored a secret report for the bishops, which outlined the scope of the problem, advised on appropriate medical, legal, and pastoral responses, and warned them that they had better deal with the crisis forthrightly or face ruinous consequences.
www.nationalreview.com /dreher/dreher081502.asp   (1030 words)

 USCCB - Testimony of Cardinal Bernard Law on Assisted Suicide (1997)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Cardinal Bernardin knew what so many who have confronted terminal illness have also learned: The final months of life are no less precious than any other time, but offer unique opportunities for love, community and personal growth -- for the patient, and all who share the patient's journey.
Under a law like Oregon's Measure 16, the great majority of citizens continue to be legally protected from anyone who wants to encourage and assist their suicides.
Therefore it is cause for alarm that Oregon's new law on assisted suicide could interact with the federal Patient Self-Determination Act (42 USC §1395cc (f)) to require Catholic hospitals, hospices and nursing homes to counsel all patients upon admission on their "right" to assisted suicide.
www.usccb.org /prolife/issues/euthanas/test97.htm   (1919 words)

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