Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, offered his condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who passed away early Dec. 20. Bishop Guillory also offered his prayers for the survivors of sexual abuse by clergy and those whose lives were impacted by their crime.
Cardinal Law, who had been one of the United States’ most powerful bishops until his legacy was blemished by the sexual abuse of minors by priests in his Archdiocese of Boston, died in Rome at the age of 86.
“Entrusting his soul to God’s mercy. We pray that Our Lord and Savior grant him eternal rest,” Bishop Guillory said in reacting to the Cardinal’s death.
“I also pray for all those whose lives have been impacted by sexual abuse by clergy. I am aware that the passing of Cardinal Law may bring back painful memories for sexual abuse survivors. I continue to pray that they find healing and peace in the love of Christ. And, I am grateful for their brave witness that brought about a comprehensive response by the Church.”
“I very much recognize Cardinal Law’s lack of leadership in regard to clergy abuse. Cardinal Law served the Boston Archdiocese at a time when the Church failed many times in its pastoral care for her people.”
Bishop Guillory expressed his regret that good works done by Cardinal Law early in his ministry regarding the civil rights struggle and the ecumenical and interfaith movement have been overshadowed by the Cardinal’s failures in regard to the sexual abuse crimes.