Under-fire Boston Cardinal lands in Rome

Boston’s embattled Cardinal Bernard Law, facing new calls for his resignation, has travelled to Rome for consultations with Vatican officials.

Boston’s embattled Cardinal Bernard Law, facing new calls for his resignation, has travelled to Rome for consultations with Vatican officials.

A brief statement gave no details, but speculation in Boston surrounding Law’s unannounced trip during the deepening clerical sex abuse scandal suggested he may be seeking advice on filing for bankruptcy or possibly stepping down.

“I can confirm the presence of Cardinal Bernard Francis Law in Rome,” said Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls.

“The cardinal came to inform the Holy See of various aspects of the situation in his diocese in Boston.”

Boston Archdiocese spokeswoman Donna Morrissey acknowledged that Law was at the Vatican, but she refused to discuss the purpose of his trip.

Last week, an archdiocese financial panel gave Law permission to file for bankruptcy on behalf of the archdiocese. He would need permission from the Vatican before doing so.

It is Law’s second unannounced trip to Rome this year. In April, he met Pope John Paul and offered to resign, but came away determined to clean up the clergy sexual abuse scandal.

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