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Mark Ruffalo: 'Cardinal Bernard Law was a bad human being'

Mark Ruffalo: 'Cardinal Bernard Law was a bad human being'

Bernard Law, the embattled former Boston cardinal whose legacy amid the clergy sex abuse scandal ushered in a painful era for the nation and the Roman Catholic Church, has died, according to a church official.

After Law's resignation in 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.

Law, who was one of the longest-serving archbishops of Boston, fell from grace after it was revealed he was aware of the rampant sexual abuse of children by some priests in his archdiocese and had covered it up by transferring these priests of other parishes, instead of taking the matter to the authorities.

The funeral plans appear to follow the Catholic Church's protocol for cardinals who die in Rome, even as a network of survivors of sex abuse by priests has publicly called on the Vatican to keep survivors in mind when planning the event.

The Vatican outraged victims of abuse and several activists when it chose to pluck Law out of his archdiocese and bring him to Rome, where he enjoyed his retirement and could be seen at functions and parties.

Law also continued to serve on Vatican policy-making committees, including one that recommends bishops' appointments to the pope, before retiring in 2011 from his church assignments. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian represented 147 alleged victims of Geoghan.

Fifteen years after the scandal broke, holding bishops accountable remains a fraught issue for the church.

SNAP, the main US advocacy group for those who were abused, urged Francis to keep the victims in mind during the funeral and said Law doesn't deserve the pomp.

Law is expected to be buried in Rome, O'Malley said.

Born Nov. 4, 1931, in Mexico, Law completed his education from Harvard in 1953 and immediately entered the seminary. Law, Boston's eighth bishop and fourth archbishop, had not broken any laws in MA at the time.

He once wore mountaineering dress for a trip on the Dunajec River during a 1986 Catholic-Jewish pilgrimage to Poland, and visited Mexico City after the historic quake of 1985. He worked closely with church leaders in Latin America, acting as an unofficial envoy of the pope to Fidel Castro's Cuba.

Huffington Post reported about 550 victims came forward with allegations of abuse and added the actual figures could be three times more. The archdiocese paid $10 million in settlements with 86 of his victims and their relatives as Law clung to his job.



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