>> Cardinal Bernard Law who became the symbol of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church died on Wednesday. Law resigned as Archbishop of Boston in 2002. The Boston Globe Spotlight team had published a succession of devastating stories, showing that during his tenure, priests who sexually abused children were moved from parish to parish without informing the authorities.
The Globe's dogged investigative journalism was immortalized in the 2015 Oscar winning film Spotlight. 86-year-old Law spent his last years in Rome in declining health. Sources close to him said he suffered from diabetes complications, liver failure, and a build-up of fluid around the heart. He never faced criminal charges and maintained his cardinal's rank, remaining a regular on the Vatican diplomatic circuit until he fell ill.
Law tried to step down several times. When Pope John Paul finally accepted, it sent shock waves through the church. Those same cover up techniques turned out to have been used around the world. Boston the tip of the iceberg for church man choosing to protect their institution's reputation rather than the innocence of children.