- Sep 21, 2020
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offered his prayers and condolences to family and friends of Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who died Dec. 20 in Rome, but at the same time he called abuse survivors “brave” and said the Catholic Church must keep them “close in prayer.”
Elsewhere, Cardinal Bernard Law’s record on the Church’s child sexual abuse scandals may be all people know, but in Mississippi he’s also remembered as an early and ardent champion of the civil rights movement.
An advocacy group for survivors of sex abuse, SNAP, is calling for Pope Francis to keep survivors in mind when he takes part in Cardinal Bernard Law’s funeral Mass. Law died Wednesday, Dec. 20 after a long illness.
Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley on Wednesday expressed understanding for all those who see the death of Cardinal Bernard Law through the lens of the clerical sexual abuse scandals, but also insisted that Law’s life was richer than that.
Cardinal Bernard Law, who became the public symbol of the Church’s clerical sexual abuse scandals during his tenure in Boston, died on Dec. 20 at the age of 86.