As he celebrates his 75th birthday in Romethis month, some might see the disgraced Cardinal Law, formerly of Boston, as an exiled figure without much influence. Nothing could be further from the truth. It now turns out that John Paul never wanted him to leave Boston in the first place. Like most high-ranking Vatican officials he was convinced Law was hounded out of Boston by a posse of greedy attorneys and sensationalist journalists who were anti-Catholic to boot.
The first thing the JPII did when Law arrived in Rome was to appoint him to a sinecure, the archpriest and chief resident of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore an honorific position. The current pope has kept Law as a member of no less than seven influential Vatican offices including, ironically, the congregation that deal with bishops, the clergy and Religious. Law also continues to weild enormous influence over the policies and the personell of the American church.
All this seems a curious reward for a prelate who aided and abbetted his priests to sexually abuse little children.