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Clerics live it up in Vatican for Law’s 80th


Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general emeritus for the Diocese of Rome, arrives at Al Chiostro restaurant for Cardinal Bernard Law’s (pictured at right) 80th birthday celebration yesterday.

Cardinal Bernard Law was treated to a lavish birthday spread, the company of a conclave of clerics and even the music of a mariachi band in a four-star Italian hotel, where guests rolled up in Vatican Mercedes sedans and left singing the praises of the fallen prelate promoted to his Holy City post after decades of covering up clergy sex abuse in Boston.

The resplendent reception that marked Law’s 80th birthday sent shock waves an ocean away in Boston, where the mere mention of his name still sparks seething anger in clergy abuse victims whose attackers he protected during his years as archbishop.

“He’s closing in on his remaining years, and as a man of faith I know he believes in a final judgment. I’m curious if he’s getting nervous,” said Phil Saviano, who was abused by a Worcester priest almost five decades ago.

“I wonder if he looks back on all the good he accomplished and if he thinks that … outweighs so many hundreds of kids on his watch who had to go through so much trauma and emotional pain,” added Saviano, who founded a local chapter of Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests.

The Herald revealed yesterday that Boston Archbishop Cardinal Sean O’Malley, in Rome on church business, had snubbed Law’s Vatican birthday shindig.

Yesterday, an archdiocese spokesman issued a statement saying O’Malley “does extend his prayers to Cardinal Law on the occasion of his 80th birthday.” With a pair of guards in colorful habits standing silent sentry at the gate, Law and his cloistered concelebrants wined and dined at the Al Chiostro restaurant in the four-star Palazzo Rospigliosi hotel facing the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where Law serves as archpriest. [more]


Boston Herald



  1. Tony says:

    Isn’t it time we stopped donating to these clowns? Ill give to the St Vincent de Paul Society and/or directly to a poor person.

  2. James Francis says:

    The church is a caste system. The Bishops are mini Kings over the serfs, the people in their domain. Pray, pay, obay. They dress in their red robes, only the best,They have futher insulted the people of America first and the world by celebrating this mans birthday. What a sad day for the American church. “I have come to serve and not to be served.” They have no idea what this means.”

  3. Peggy says:

    What a pity that the Vatican is so totally insensitive to the feelings of the American laity that is appalled by Law’s conduct. No wonder the Church’s credibility has suffered so from this arrogant blindness.

  4. Al Liguori says:

    The Vatican just doesn’t get it. They say they do but, actions speak louder than words.

    • Siena says:

      The Vatican does get it. The get the fact that as long as we continue to live in a caste system where clerical hegemony prevails, they can do whatever they want and no one has to explain anything.

  5. Barbara Jo Harrick says:


  6. Michael Woodall says:

    Our Lord is humiliated by the honoring of this derelict bishop — the bishop who refused to protect the little children under his care. He is a scandle of the Church; so is Pope John Paul II who did not publically censure him; so is Pope Benedict who honored that pope who did not do his job.

  7. Tony says:

    What a DISGRACE………….I really feel for the poor people hurt by this crumb, Law.

  8. Scott says:

    Another example of how the hierarchy have their heads buried in the sand. They just don’t get it.

  9. andy says:

    i agree with nancy. it’s bad enough he was moved to a cushy job in rome, but now they celebrate a man responsible for so much bad…? what is wrong with our church?

  10. This is disgusting and a major slap in the face to all those who were abused on his watch.

    • John says:

      It literally makes me sick to think about this gross slap in the face to the victims, and ultimately to the entire Church.


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