Sexual Harassment Allegations Deserve Investigations and Accountability
Dec 22, 2017
Buried under the rubbish of news about US Tax law hijinks was Cardinal Bernard Law’s funeral. Cardinal Law’s fall from grace arrived as news surfaced of his complicity in enabling abusive priests in his archdiocese to sexually abuse kids. In 2002, the drip-drip-drip of daily scandals in the Catholic church generated outrage that, at the time, all but guaranteed Cardinal Law could no longer leverage his contacts, charm, and reputation to dodge accountability for offenses in the same way he and so many other clergy had previously done. So, he traded in Boston for Rome, where the Pope gave him a golden parachute to live out his days in the manner befitting a Cardinal, and where the outrage of American press was muffled across an ocean and cultural barrier.
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