BOSTON (CBS) – Boston-area victims of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal are furious over a big eightieth birthday bash being held in Italy for former Boston Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law.

Between 80 and 100 people will attend the lavish birthday celebration in Rome according to the Boston Herald.

Cardinal Law was reassigned to Rome in the wake of the church abuse scandal.

Law has never been charged, but victims have accused him of protecting known pedophile priests.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented many of the abuse victims, tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that Cardinal Law should be in Boston having discussions with those who were sexually molested by priests when he was in charge of the Boston Archdiocese.

“It’s a matter of the church just ignoring the victims once again, continuing their plan of secrecy and not allowing openness in terms of what happened and why it happened with regard to innocent children being sexually molested,” said Garabedian.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jim Smith has reaction

Coincidentally, Law`s successor, Cardinal Sean O’Malley is in Rome right now to visit with the pope.

A spokesperson says he will not be attending the party.

Comments (12)
  1. Barbara O'Hare says:

    I have one word : DISGUSTING

    1. gramps says:

      Whose invited?

      I wonfer where Ray Flynn is this weekend?


  2. DoverDavid says:

    Once again the Catholic Church shows that it is in it just to protect it’s own, they have been doing it for hundered’s of years and will continue to do so. Law got a nice cushy job for his cover up and the celebrate.

  3. FireGuyFrank says:

    And we are surprised by this because…

    Let’s not forget that the Commonwealth should have pressed charges, but didn’t. There is blame to go around.

  4. Stephen A. Sheehan says:

    I think that it’s disgraceful that Law is celebrating his birthday with a lavish part! He should be celebrating 10 years in jail for his complicity in the rape and molestation of so many of young children. The Vatican’s treatment of Law after he resigned in disgrace is just another major scandal for our Church.

    Steve Sheehan
    Member, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)
    Publisher NSAC News
    Member, Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Archdiocese of Boston
    (c) 716-319-0477

  5. Pat says:

    Just another reason so many are leaving the church. Disgusting….and WHY didn’t Massachusettes press charges?????

  6. gramps says:

    Bernie & Bennie, ‘birds of a feather’,

    The current Pope is just a guilty, if not more-so. He was Bernies’ boss @ the time. (Protector of the Faith- guiding the cover-up?)

    Law reported to him & did his bidding….When things started to get too ‘hot’ Ratzinger aka Bennie the 16th, protected himself along with Bernie & got him out-a-dodge, gave him a cushie job & most importantly away from the ‘long arm’s’ of US law. Safe & sound within a foreign country, ‘The Vatican’….

    As Pope, bennie 16th was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to cover up the molestation of three boys in Texas, but sought and obtained diplomatic immunity from prosecution

    Recovering catholic, 12 years ‘Parochial School’, morning ‘sista’, afternoon ‘brada’….


    1. gramps says:

      Just pondering,

      With all the lives that have been ruined in MA & the world by the ‘Church Scandal’….Is there really any difference between ‘bennie the 16th, bernie & bulger (whitey)’?

      I think ‘NOT’!


  7. jaygee says:

    This should come as no surprise to anyone. Once considered to be in line as the future American Pope, Law turned into a complete disgrace as were many of his predecessors & brother bishops around the country and world. They truly believed that God would take care of the abused children and prayer was all that was necessary for these thousands of priests “gone astray”. And to think, we used to “confess our sins” to the real sinners.

  8. d says:

    tsal, don’t you have some cookies to bake?

    I’m not going to take any my time to point out how far in ‘left field you are!

    This blog has a treasure trove of typical ‘Helicopter Parent’s’ hovering over their ‘special’ 16/18 year old ‘INFANTS’!…..

    How long will the ‘lil’darlings be on ‘Mothers Milk’?!!!


  9. LIAM says:

    CATHOLICABUSESURVIVORSNI.COM—– THE PAPAL PAEDOPHILE PRIESTHOOD was exported to the usa from ireland / northern ireland uk , the irish goverment having a moral morsel left made changes and compensated the victims , unlike the hypocrites of the new sinnfiendup party who now govern the northern territory under the watchful eye of the westminister securicrat masters , who have blocked a public inquiry and entitlement to compensation for the victims abused since 1922, the religious orders of the vatican remained to guard the nazi concentration camps called childrens homes paid for by the state and run by them on papal property that made them unbiblical billionaires. EXPOSE NORTHERN IRELANDS UNTOUCHED CHILD SEX ABUSE SCANDAL OF THE UNBIBLICAL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.

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