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Victims' advocates saw his continued influence in Rome as a slap in the face from an unrepentant church."Cardinal Law's soft landing in Rome, after his Boston disgrace, reminds us that prelate privilege remains the rule in Catholicism," said Terence Mc Kiernan of Bishop Accountability.org, a database of the global scandal in the church."I raise prayers for the repose of his soul, that the Lord God, who is rich in mercy, may welcome him in His eternal peace, and I send my apostolic blessing to those who share in mourning the passing of the cardinal," Francis wrote. As the leader of the archdiocese at the epicenter of the scandal, Law became a powerful symbol of the crisis. Law tried to manage the scandal at first by refusing to comment, then by apologizing and promising reform.
And the scandal quickly spread overseas, to Ireland, Belgium, Chile, Australia and beyond.
Law is expected to be buried in Rome, O'Malley said. 4, 1931, in Torreon, Mexico, Law was the only child of a U. Air Force colonel and a mother who was a Presbyterian convert to Catholicism. He was ordained in 1961 and campaigned for civil rights in Mississippi, sometimes traveling in the trunks of cars for safety.
The location hasn't been disclosed, but Law would be entitled to burial at St. He was named bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in Missouri, then archbishop of Boston, one of the most prominent and important posts in the U. He broadly influenced Vatican appointments to American dioceses, served as a representative of the church to presidents and was favored by Pope John Paul.
Law, who spent the final years of his career leading an important basilica in Rome and continued to wield considerable influence inside the Vatican, had been sick and was recently hospitalized.
Law was once one of the most important figures in the U. church, serving in one of its most visible and storied posts.