Magisterial Fidelity
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Carol M. McKinley

Sunday, September 03, 2006 :::

Boston Magazine's Man in Rome

In his new home, Bernard Cardinal Law has built a pretty comfortable life for himself, presiding over a stunning basilica, mingling with admirers—and enjoying as much power as ever.

I'm sure not all my readers are going to be happy to hear me say I'm quite edified by the article.

All the heretics have their underpants in a twist.

Days after his resignation as archbishop of Boston, sources told John Allen, senior correspondent in Rome for the National Catholic Reporter, that a Vatican assignment was unlikely for someone so “politically wounded.”

It didn't quite pan out exactly as planned for them did it. Cardinal Law in a gorgeous and ancient basilica. Walter outsted. Priests Forum gonzo. VOTF across the country down to a handful of witch hags and wimpy men being led around by their wives by the nose. The Church condemning homosexual adultery. The Jean Marchants having to leave the Church to start her own. Menino humiliated with disinvites. Hehir crawling back under the radar.

All the priests didn't end up in jail as they anticipated.

“We don’t believe it’s appropriate for him to be in any position of power or trust in the Church,” said Barbara Blaine of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests to reporters in St. Peter’s Square at the time of that Mass. “If things had happened differently in the United States, he might well have landed himself in jail.”

Boo Hoo.

Reese got fleeced.

“Since he’s in Rome he can attend the meetings on a regular basis,” says Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest and scholar of church administration. “He couldn’t do that when he was in Boston. So his ability to influence has actually increased.”

According to Eugene Cullen Kennedy, a former priest who has written widely on American Church affairs, the cardinal was Pope John Paul’s “kingmaker” in the appointment of bishops during the late 1980s and 1990s. And even today, Law “still has a terrific amount of influence on what happens in the American Church,” says Kennedy, who claims Law handpicked Archbishop O’Malley as his own successor in Boston.

Incidently, from my understanding, Law and O'Malley would be described as tolerant of each other, and Law had nothing to do with his appointment. But, I'm sure Eugene's brain is coming from the perspective of expecting Bishop Gumbleton to take over Boston.

And though he is said to still take a keen interest in events in Boston—he reportedly discussed them with Tom Menino when the mayor visited Rome this May

Oh to be a fly on the wall during that conversation!

John Allen horrified.

In contrast with attitudes in Boston, where many see Law as hopelessly tainted and unrepentant, the mood at the dinner confirmed what those in Rome have seen these past few years: In his supposed exile, Cardinal Law has found a measure of forgiveness. “I don’t know anyone at the Vatican who would defend Law’s handling of the sex abuse case,” John Allen says. “But many people in Rome would say that he paid the price in the form of his resignation and that there’s no reason that he shouldn’t make a contribution.”

Last but not least, woe is them.

Throughout the evening, the convivial Law was the object of attention. He remained seated as he received the greetings of well-wishers, including a priest who knelt before him at the table. When he finally rose from his chair to end the evening, some of those in the roomful of future bishops and wealthy donors pressed in close to the influential cardinal. And as Law turned to leave, walking from the brightly lit dining room toward the spring night beyond, a group of a dozen or so trailed in the wake of his scarlet cloak.

You can just taste their rage. And I hate to say it, but it couldn't give me anymore glee on a Sunday morning.

::: posted by prolife pundits at 8:10 AM




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