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Vatican to Give Cardinal Law 'Celebratory' Funeral Despite Protest

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 December 2017 12:52 PM

Despite a plea from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests to not hold a "celebratory" funeral for Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned as Boston's archbishop 15 years ago amid allegations that he covered up for pedophile priests, the Vatican announced that he will receive a full cardinal's funeral on Thursday at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, CNN reported on Wednesday.

The funeral plans appear to follow the Catholic Church's protocol for cardinals who die in Rome, as Law did on Wednesday, with the Vatican stating that the dean of the College of Cardinals will celebrate the funeral Mass and then Pope Francis will give a "final commendation," or blessing, as he has done for other cardinals.

Before the funeral arrangements were announced, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests sent out a news release calling on the Vatican to keep survivors in mind when planning the funeral and that the "celebratory focus on abuse enablers like Law must end."

The group went on point out that "we highly doubt there is a single victim of abuse who will ever receive the same attention, pomp and circumstance by Pope Francis.

"Every single Catholic should ask Pope Francis and the Vatican why. Why Law's life was so celebrated when Boston's clergy sex abuse survivors suffered so greatly? Why was Law promoted when Boston's Catholic children were sexually abused, ignored, and pushed aside time and time again?"

Law died in Rome at age 86 after a long illness. He was archpriest of the Papal Liberian Basilica of St. Mary Major after he was forced to resign in 2002 as Boston archbishop.

Following Law's death, his successor as Boston's archbishop, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, apologized to victims of sex abuse by clergy, saying, "I offer my sincere apologies for the harm they suffered, my continued prayers and my promise that the archdiocese will support them in their effort to achieve healing."

O'Malley added that "Cardinal Law served at a time when the church failed seriously in its responsibilities to provide pastoral care for her people, and with tragic outcomes failed to care for the children of our parish communities. I deeply regret that reality and its consequences."

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