The Latest: Cardinal Law's successor dodges heaven question

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law has his skull cap adjusted during the ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows, in St. Mary Major's Basilica in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law celebrates Mass during the ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows, in St. Mary Major's Basilica, in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law, right, departs a news conference during the second day of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops annual meeting in Washington. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law, who recently had been hospitalized in Rome, died early Wednesday. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Ken Lambert, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, US Cardinal Bernard Law celebrates Mass during a ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows in St. Mary Major's Basilica, in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law celebrates Mass during the ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows, in St. Mary Major's Basilica, in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law celebrates Mass during the ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows, in St. Mary Major's Basilica, in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome.  (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law celebrates Mass during the ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows, in St. Mary Major's Basilica, in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
Alexa MacPherson, a victim of clergy sex abuse, reacts, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Boston, to the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced Boston archbishop who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from sexually abusive priests. Law died Wednesday in Rome at age 86. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2002 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law, of the Boston archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church, testifies in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Law was answering questions about his knowledge and handling of the Father John Geoghan child sex abuse case. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome.  (George Martell/Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)
Alexa MacPherson, a victim of clergy sex abuse, holds a photograph of herself as a child as she reacts, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Boston, to the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced Boston archbishop who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from sexually abusive priests. Law died Wednesday in Rome at age 86. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law has his skull cap adjusted during the ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows, in St. Mary Major's Basilica in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2002 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law, of the Boston archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church, pauses during testimony in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Law was answering questions about his knowledge and handling of the Father John Geoghan child sex abuse case. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (George Martell/Boston Herald via AP, Pool, File)
Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks to the media, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Braintree, Mass., on the death of Cardinal Bernard Law. The disgraced former Boston archbishop, who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from sexually abusive priests, died Wednesday in Rome. He was 86. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
Pope Francis delivers his speech during the weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law celebrates Mass during the ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows, in St. Mary Major's Basilica, in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law leaves the first session of an extraordinary consistory in the Synod Hall in Vatican City. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome.  (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
Alexa MacPherson, a victim of clergy sex abuse, reacts beside attorney Mitchell Garabedian, right, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Boston, to the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced Boston archbishop who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from sexually abusive priests. Law died Wednesday in Rome at age 86. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 12, 2013 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law attends a Mass for the election of a new pope celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, not pictured, inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
Robert Costello, a victim of clergy sex abuse, reacts, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Boston, to the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced Boston archbishop who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from sexually abusive priests. Law died Wednesday in Rome at age 86. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
Phil Saviano, a victim of clergy sex abuse, reacts, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Boston, to the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced Boston archbishop who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from sexually abusive priests. Law died Wednesday in Rome at age 86. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks to the media, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Braintree, Mass., on the death of Cardinal Bernard Law. The disgraced former Boston archbishop, who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from sexually abusive priests, died Wednesday in Rome. He was 86. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, second from left, reacts beside clergy sexual abuse victims Robert Costello, left, Phil Saviano, second from right, and Alexa MacPherson, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Boston, to the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced Boston archbishop who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from sexually abusive priests. Law died Wednesday in Rome at age 86. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law blesses a child during the ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows, in St. Mary Major's Basilica, in Rome, Italy. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law stepped down under pressure in 2002 over his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday June 7, 2006 file photo, Cardinal Bernard Law, right, kisses Pope Benedict XVI's hand at the end of the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. An official with the Catholic Church said Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, that Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86. Law recently had been hospitalized in Rome and died early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)
Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese Cardinal Sean O'Malley pauses while speaking to the media, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Braintree, Mass., on the death of Cardinal Bernard Law. The disgraced former Boston archbishop, who epitomized the Catholic Church's failure to protect children from sexually abusive priests, died Wednesday in Rome. He was 86. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

BOSTON — The Latest on the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston who was a central figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal. (all times local):

5 p.m.

Cardinal Bernard Law's successor as archbishop of Boston says the pain felt by victims of clergy sexual abuse in the wake of Law's death is a reminder that many wounds are still healing.

Law died Wednesday in Rome. He was reviled by many Catholics for shielding priests he knew had engaged in sexual abuse.

When asked whether he believes that Law will be welcomed into heaven, Cardinal Sean O'Malley told reporters that he hopes everyone does but is not the one to judge.

O'Malley says there was more to Law than his mistakes.

O'Malley says Law's death is a painful moment for many victims and a reminder that "the hurt is still there." He said he's dedicated to helping those victims and re-establishing trust among Catholics.

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3:10 p.m.

A Catholic bishop from Vermont who worked closely with Bernard Law at the Archdiocese of Boston says the embattled cardinal's life was marked by "light and shadows" like everyone else.

Bishop Christopher Coyne said in a statement Wednesday that while he knew Law to be a man of faith, a kind man and a good friend, he respects that some will feel otherwise. Coyne asked that they join him in prayer "and work for the healing and renewal of our church."

Coyne became bishop in 2014. He was director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of Boston from 2000 to 2002. He also was secretary for communications and principal spokesman for the Archdiocese from 2002-2005.

Law died Wednesday in Rome. He was reviled by many Catholics for shielding priests he knew had engaged in sexual abuse.

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Noon

A Boston lawyer who has represented dozens of people who say they were abused by priests calls the late Cardinal Bernard Law "an example of the immorality of the Catholic Church" for shielding clergy.

Mitchell Garabedian says Law was "an enabler of clergy sexual abuse."

Garabedian was flanked by two people who said they were abused by priests as children.

Robert Costello said there's not a day that goes by that he doesn't think about what happened to him. He called Law "a cruel, selfish bastard" for moving accused priests to other assignments and failing to protect victims.

Alexa MacPherson broke into tears as she recounted suffering abuse at the hands of a priest. She said she hopes Law "gets what he deserves in hell."

Law died Wednesday.

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11:25 a.m.

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says he's praying for victims of clergy sex abuse following the death of Cardinal Bernard Law.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo laments that Law's death could be a moment of more pain for victims. Law resigned in disgrace as archbishop of Boston in 2002 amid revelations that he and bishops across the country had kept child molesters in parishes for decades.

Law died Wednesday in Rome.

DiNardo said the victims' willingness to speak out bravely about what they had suffered had compelled American church leaders to confront their failures to protect young people.

DiNardo said he was also praying for Law and his family. A funeral is scheduled for Thursday at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

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9:05 a.m.

Pope Francis is sending his condolences for the death of Cardinal Bernard Law and says he is praying for his soul.

Francis sent a telegram of condolences Wednesday to the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano. The letter makes no mention of Law's role as the former archbishop of Boston, where he was responsible for covering up for sexually abusive priests in a scandal that erupted across the nation and eventually cost the American church some $3 billion in legal fees.

Rather, Francis' telegram refers to Law's final position as archpriest of the St. Mary Major basilica in Rome.

In it Francis said: "I raise prayers for the repose of his soul, that the Lord, God who is rich in mercy, may welcome him in His eternal peace, and I send my apostolic blessing to those who share in mourning the passing of the cardinal."

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8:55 a.m.

Pope Francis will preside over funeral rites for former Boston archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430GMT) Thursday in St. Peter's Basilica.

The dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, will be the lead celebrant at the funeral Mass, with other cardinals and bishops concelebrating.

Francis will then perform the final funeral rite, an honor accorded to all Rome-based cardinals.

Francis on Wednesday sent a telegram of condolences to Sodano that made no mention of Law's tenure in Boston, where he covered up for sexually abusive priests in a scandal that erupted nationwide.

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8:10 a.m.

An advocacy group for survivors of sex abuse is calling for Pope Francis to keep survivors in mind when he celebrates Cardinal Bernard Law's funeral Mass.

SNAP, which gained prominence as the U.S. abuse scandal erupted in Law's Boston in 2002, said no victim of sexual abuse will ever receive the same attention and pomp that Law received in life and is due to receive in death.

In a statement, SNAP's Joelle Casteix said Catholics should ask the Vatican why Law was promoted to a prominent position at a Vatican basilica after he resigned in disgrace as Boston's archbishop.

She said: "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."

Law died Wednesday in Rome. Francis is expected to celebrate his funeral Mass in St. Peter's Basilica later this week.

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5:20 a.m.

Pope Francis has made no immediate comment about the passing of disgraced Cardinal Bernard Law during his weekly general audience.

Francis though is expected to send an official telegram of condolence later Wednesday and celebrate Law's funeral Mass, an honor accorded to all Rome-based cardinals.

Francis met briefly with Law the day after he was elected pope, when he went to pray at St. Mary Major. Law had been appointed archpriest of the important Vatican basilica in 2004, after he resigned under pressure as archbishop of Boston for having failed to protect children from pedophile priests. He retired as archpriest in 2011, when he turned 80, but was on hand at the basilica to greet the new pope in 2013.

Law died early Wednesday in Rome after a long illness.

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3:30 a.m.

A woman who says she was a victim of clergy sex abuse as a small child says she won't be mourning Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston.

Alexa MacPherson tells The Associated Press she hopes "the gates of hell are swinging wide to allow him entrance."

Law, who died early Wednesday in Rome, was the Boston archbishop in 2002 when court documents revealed he had failed to stop priests who molested children.

Law and other church leaders had moved guilty clergy from parish to parish in Massachusetts without alerting parents or police. He resigned amid a public uproar over his actions.

Barbara Sidorowicz, the mother of three abuse victims, also had no good words for Law. She says she can't find it in my heart to forgive Law and that she thinks he should have been in jail.

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12:30 a.m.

A Boston attorney who has represented dozens of people who say they were sexually abused by priests says Cardinal Bernard Law's death has reopened old wounds.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian said that "many victims are reminded of the pain."

Law, who died early Wednesday in Rome, was the Boston archbishop in 2002 when court documents revealed he had failed to stop priests who molested children.

Law and other church leaders had moved guilty clergy from parish to parish in Massachusetts without alerting parents or police. He resigned amid a public uproar over his actions.

Garabedian says Law "turned his back on innocent children and allowed them to be sexually abused."

Vatican officials later appointed Law to run a major basilica in Rome. Critics condemned the appointment.

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12:25 a.m.

The Vatican says Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston, has died at 86.

Law had recently been hospitalized in Rome. The Holy See said in a statement that Law died early Wednesday following a long illness.

Law was the Boston archbishop in 2002 when court documents revealed he had failed to stop priests who molested children.

Law and other church leaders had moved guilty clergy from parish to parish in Massachusetts without alerting parents or police. He resigned amid a public uproar over his actions.

Vatican officials later appointed him to run a major basilica in Rome. Critics condemned the appointment as a reward for the cardinal.

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