LAW, BERNARD CARDINAL (1931-2017) American cardinal; archbishop-emeritus of Boston; Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO; archpriest of the Patriarchal Liberian Basilica of St. Mary Major (2004-2011). Created a cardinal 1985. Served on the Congregation for Bishops.
TLS - Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, June 1985 on Cardinal’s Residence letterhead. Acknowledges New York Times article announcing his elevation to the cardinalate. Addressed to the Consulate General of Pakistan stationed in Boston.
Cardinal Law was the focus of an intense investigation in Boston surrounding widespread child sexual abuse and documented coverup of crimes. In 1983 he resigned his position in Boston and was transferred to Vatican City where, two years later, he was awarded a cardinalate by Pope John Paul II. Former President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, William S. Skyland called Law’s resignation “an important step in the healing process”.
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