Vatican: Cardinal Who Resigned Amid Scandal Retires

By Rachel Donadio (New York Times)
November 21, 2011

Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston in 2002 amid a sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, has retired from his post at the St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome, the Vatican said Monday. The Vatican said that the pope had accepted Cardinal Law’s resignation upon his turning 80, and had replaced him with Monsignor Santos Abril y Castello of Spain. Cardinal Law, the first United States bishop to step down in the scandal, that began in Boston and spread nationwide. He was accused in hundreds of lawsuits of moving around priests known to have abused children and not reporting the abuse to the police. Victims had criticized the Vatican for having given Cardinal Law the post at St. Mary Major and for allowing him to serve on a Vatican committee that appoints bishops. Cardinal Law will remain a cardinal but being over 80 cannot vote in a conclave.