Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the death of Cardinal Bernard Law:

Cardinal Law was a champion of the unborn, a sincere friend of Jews, and a civil rights activist who embraced the cause of African Americans. Sadly, he will also be remembered for presiding over the clergy sexual abuse scandal.

Two of the most diabolical priests in the nation served in the Archdiocese of Boston—John Geoghan and Paul Shanley. Geoghan preyed on young boys, and Shanley had with sex with males of all ages, from children to adults.

It was Law’s predecessor, Cardinal Humberto Medeiros, who appointed Shanley his “representative for sexual minorities,” a bizarre role for any priest. This occurred in 1970, at a time when homosexual priests were actively abusing young men all across the nation. Shanley took advantage of his post, arguing publicly about the merits of man-boy sex; he was also named chaplain to Dignity, the dissident homosexual Catholic group.

By the end of the decade, Medeiros put an end to Shanley’s ministry, but the damage had already been done. Shanley would later criticize two new oaths issued by the Vatican: the Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity. The archdiocese did nothing about it. Indeed, it excused Shanley from taking the oath. It was delinquent decisions like this that created this monster priest.

Cardinal Law was a theological conservative, but he did not govern as a conservative. Indeed, it was his relaxed stance, allowing bishops subordinate to him to make decisions about molesting priests that got him into trouble. Had he confronted those who pushed for less stringent rules governing sexuality, there would have been no crisis. Ironically, those who promoted this agenda then blamed him when news of the homosexual scandal hit the news.

In taking the measure of any leader, we must weigh his strengths alongside his weaknesses. He had plenty of both.

Cardinal Law is now with the Lord. May he rest in peace.

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5 comments on “CARDINAL LAW R.I.P.

  1. Deus, qui inter apostólicos
    Sacerdótes fámulum tuum
    Bernardum, Presbýterum
    Cardinálem, pontificáli fecísti
    dignitáte vigére: præsta, quǽsumus;
    ut eórum quoque perpétuo aggregétur consórtio.
    Per Dóminum …

    O GOD, Who in the apostolic priesthood
    didst cause Thy servant, Bernard, Cardinal Priest,
    to be honored with the pontifical dignity.
    grant. we beseech Thee, that he may be joined
    forevermore to the fellowship of Thine apostles.
    Through our Lord …

  2. A bit off the subject… I was struck by this:
    ” According to Catholic theology, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is in some mystical way a re-presentation of the suffering and death of Jesus on Calvary. It’s not a reenactment of the crucifixion so much as a transporting of the congregation to the time and place of the actual crucifixion. You got a sense of that when Law was behind the altar.”
    I was always under the impression that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was both a mystical representation of Christ’s Suffering and Death, as well as a mystical teleportation of us to the moment of the Crucifixion. So the latter is incorrect? Please clarify.

  3. Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine et lux perpetua luceat ei
    Requiescat in pace. Amen.

  4. God have mercy on him. May he receive better than he deserves.

  5. “As a man lives, so he dies” (St. Augustine, I believe)
    Virtue is the mean between excess and defect. Even the mercy of God would become a defect if it overthrew His justice.
    If God can, and wants, to find a way to grant mercy to Cardinal Lawless, to Geoghan and Shanley, or others who committed multiple, unspeakable crimes of murdering the souls and corrupting the bodies of innocent children, so be it.
    But it is not something to be hoped for. Personally, I can’t bring myself to pray for it either. I think it’s a case of nice being nasty. Too much mercy is a scandal that leads others to sin, or encourages sinners to presumption, hence is not mercy at all.
    This statement by the pervert Donohue: “Cardinal Law is now with the Lord. May he rest in peace.”
    Is an absolutely vile blasphemy to the memory of all the souls murdered by the pervert Lawless.
    Just goes to show how the New Church encourages sin by the most incredible, arrogant presumption that all are saved no matter what they do.
    It is absolutely certain that Lawless is NOT with the Lord. There is a very, very slim chance that he made it to Purgatory, and even if he did, he’ll be there until the Last Judgment.
    To paraphrase C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle): God gives everyone what they want — but some people don’t like what they want.
    But if they want it, let them have it.
    “Thou hast loved malice more than goodness: and iniquity rather than to speak righteousness. Thou hast loved all the words of ruin, O deceitful tongue. Therefore will God destroy thee for ever: he will pluck thee out, and remove thee from thy dwelling place: and thy root out of the land of the living. The just shall see and fear, and shall laugh at him, and say: Behold the man that made not God his helper: But trusted in the abundance of his riches: and prevailed in his vanity.” (Ps. 51)
    For Lawless, Geoghan and Shanley, R.I.P. almost certainly means Remaneant In Perditione.

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