[quote=Mysty101]I do understand all your points, and am saddened by the reaction to me for bringing this up…
Why? Because not everyone agrees that Cardinal Law deserves sackcloth and ashes? So far you haven’t made much of a case.
[quote=Mysty101]Mercy? Where is the mercy for the victims who must watch this man be honored in such a way? Why was he given such a prestigeous assignment after the damage his actions caused the Church? I see beautiful and devout priests ridiculed and verbally abused because of the coverup----many do not trust any priest. Every faithful Catholic suffers because of this situation—more the coverup and reassignment than any other aspect, and Cardinal Law was the number 1 offender there…
That is your opinion. By your logic, actually the number 1 offender would be the Pope himself. After all, neither ENGAGED in the abuse, both were unable to eradicate it, and the Pope after all is the head of our Church. It’s his fault right? The buck stops there.
I think that the blame lies first with the offending priests and their sick and twisted minds. That the story broke on Cardinal Law’s watch seems to be your major talking point. Cardinal Law was unfortunately one of a number of church officials who badly misjudged this problem and dealt with it ineffectively. The policy of treating and reassigning offending priests was unfortunately a WORLDWIDE phenomenon. We had the same issue here in Oregon and I don’t believe Cardinal Law was involved. Our archdiocese is bankrupt. Cardinal Law’s fault right?
[quote=Mysty101]No the service is not about Cardinal Law, but the fact that he is allowed to celebrate it, and the fact that he accepted is. It is as if nothing happened…
No I think Cardinal Law has suffered greatly. He is certainly not held in the same esteem. It is NOT as if nothing happened. Were that the case Law might well be one of the frontrunners for the next Pope. As a result of his bad handling of the scandal he has been demoted, demoralized and demonized. What is enough?
[quote=Mysty101]Mercy? Is he above the Law? Forgiveness means leaving it to God, but justice demands atonement, and retribution. He was protected from the law, and accepting responsibility for what he had done.
Our beloved Holy Father forgave his would be assassin–but the man was in jail.
He was not protected from the law. Apparently per Massachusetts statute he didn’t BREAK any laws. We might find this a failing of the state’s legal system but it’s not as if he broke a law with impunity and was not prosecuted. Those who actually broke the laws were prosecuted and many were jailed. Would you suggest that if one of my employees robbed a bank, I should be jailed for not properly supervising him?
Cardinal Law will have to answer to a much higher authority than the State of Massachusetts. I am sure he is well aware of his failings.