The American Abuse Victims Association (SNAP) is calling for the resignation of former Boston Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law, 76, from all Vatican posts. Pope Benedict XVI. should retire the cardinal before his visit to the U.S. in April, according to a letter the association delivered to the Vatican nunciature in Washington. Will the pope respond?
Law's retention in eight Vatican congregations, and thus at the center of Catholic power, is salt on the still unhealed wounds of victims of sexual abuse by church employees, he said.Law forced to resign as Boston archbishop in 2002 for covering up for pedophile clergy and transferring them to other parishes. He was appointed in May 2004 by then-Pope John Paul II. As archpriest of the patriarchal basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to Rome. The cardinal is a member of the Congregation for Bishops, Clergy, Religious and Education, among others. "Powerful role in bishop appointments" Law's high-ranking status, his great public presence and, above all, his "powerful role in the appointment of new bishops" evoked great pain among many of those affected at the time, stresses the victims' association. Benedict XVI. Should therefore insist that Law retire voluntarily after reaching canonical age limit of 75 years.A nationwide wave of revelations about sexual abuse by priests and church workers emanated from Boston in 2002.Several U.S. dioceses have been on the brink of insolvency due to lawsuits and compensation payments.Nationwide, some 12.000 victims sued. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the total cost is in the billions of dollars.