The Pope DID apologize to the victims of sexual abuse.
Cardinal Law doesn’t have a “cushy” job. . .he IS, after all, still a Cardinal, and used to being a pretty important one–this job of his is relatively minor and certainly not “important” or offering much of an opportunity for “advancement”. . .
And one must remember that Cardinal Law obviously confessed, did penance, and was forgiven.
Seems to me there are a lot of sour grapes here and “elder brothers” a la the Prodigal Son parable who are so concerned that somebody else is “getting away” with sin, getting pardoned “too easily”, getting something he “doesn’t deserve”, etc.
Do YOU know the mind of Cardinal Law? Do you know his soul?
What would it take to convince you that he “repented”–sackcloth? Ashes? Retirement to a dungeon?
Then think about this. . .any of the above are only OUTWARD SIGNS. If the Cardinal wore sackcloth, ashes, or lived in a dungeon, would it PROVE that he had repented? Of course not.
So please don’t be so quick to judge him. . .I don’t know his soul, but I pray to God for him. . .and for me. . .and now for you, too. May God forgive us our sins, and bring us to life everlasting, Amen.
It was reported that the Pope did not apologize, but maybe the reporting was erroneous or you may have seen other reporting on this issue.
I cannot judge Cardinal Law’s Heart; however, when someone refuses to step down from his post for an extended period of time after the facts have been uncovered is just plain arrogant, to say the least.
You say that his current position is not important, but his position was apparently the reason given for allowing him to offer one of the nine masses for the Pope.
And yes, we are forgiven for our sins; however, the consequences to ourself and others will always remain. I am not suggesting that we consign him or anyone else to the local dugeon. I understand that he is a Cardinal, which is a high position, but in deference to those who have suffered he should maintain a low-profile. Additionally, since he is a Cardinal, he should be proactive in taking the appropriate measures.