BOSTON - One of the survivors of the Church sex abuse scandal didn’t mince words when reacting to news that disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law died in Rome Wednesday.
To this day, there is still a lot of anger and pain among the victims.
Alexa Macpherson said she will not be mourning Law. She said she was a victim clergy sex abuse for six years as a small child.
She told The Associated Press, “Good riddance to bad rubbish. I hope the gates of Hell are swinging wide to allow him entrance. I won’t shed a tear for him. I might shed a tear for everyone who’s been a victim under him.”
She went on to say that Law covered up the scandal to maintain a perfect image of the Church.
Another woman, Barbara Sidorowicz, is the mother of three abused victims.
She said, “I can’t find it in my heart to forgive. I can’t even get myself to say a prayer for him. He should have been in jail.”
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has released a statement regarding the death of disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law.
We are sure that many people will have mixed feelings about the death of Cardinal Bernard Law.
Survivors of child sexual assault in Boston, who were first betrayed by Law's cover-up of sex crimes and then doubly betrayed by his subsequent promotion to Rome, were those most hurt. No words can convey the pain these survivors and their loved ones suffered.
Our only hope is that the Vatican keeps these survivors in mind when it comes time for the cardinal’s funeral. We highly doubt there is a single victim of abuse who will ever receive the same attention, pomp and circumstance by Pope Francis. Every single Catholic should ask Pope Francis and the Vatican why. Why Law’s life was so celebrated when Boston's clergy sex abuse survivors suffered so greatly? Why was Law promoted when Boston’s Catholic children were sexually abused, ignored, and pushed aside time and time again?
This celebratory focus on abuse enablers like Law must end. It is time for the Vatican to refocus on change: protecting children and those who have been hurt.
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