In One Eye

Monday, April 11, 2005
 
This bizarre story speaks for itself.
American victims of sexual abuse by priests said Sunday that the Vatican was "rubbing salt into our wounds" by honoring Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who was designated to celebrate a special Mass of mourning for Pope John Paul II on Monday.

Leaders of a U.S. victims' group flew from Chicago to Rome on Sunday to protest the high-profile role given to Law, who was forced to resign as archbishop of Boston in December 2002 after court records showed that he had knowingly transferred sexual abusers from parish to parish without informing civil authorities or the public.

"It feels like Cardinal Law is exploiting the pope's death for his own self-aggrandizing rehabilitation," said David Clohessy, executive director of the 5,000-member Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. "It is just rubbing salt into our wounds and the wounds of caring Catholics."
Call me what you will, but I just don't see a lot of sensitivity here.