Vatican on Cardinal Law’s visit

Vatican on Cardinal Law’s visit

This is the official statement from the Holy See on why Cardinal Law is in Rome this week:


    VATICAN CITY, DEC 9, 2002 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin
    Navarro-Valls made the following declaration today at noon:

      “I can confirm the presence of Cardinal Bernard Francis Law in Rome. The
    cardinal has come to inform the Holy See about the different aspects of the
    situation in Boston.”

Meanwhile the Boston Globe reports the same thing based on a “high-level source” in the archdiocese.

    Law is seeking advice from a number of church leaders about how to manage the extraordinary sexual abuse crisis that is engulfing the Archdiocese of Boston, according to the official, who asked not to be named. Last night, an American reporter spotted Law having dinner at a restaurant in Rome with Bishop James Harvey, the highest-ranking American on Pope John Paul II’s personal staff.

Of course, the Globe is not above injecting some of their own special brand of gilding into the story:

    ...the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, John L. Allen Jr., spotted the cardinal dining at Ristorante Cecilia Metella, an upscale hideaway on the outskirts of Rome where high-ranking church officials often go to have discreet conversations.

“Upscale hideaway”? What is that supposed to imply? They make it sound like something nefarious is going on. It’s probably nothing more than a simple restaurant in Rome. Most restaurants in the city are small quiet places tucked in a corner somewhere. They just can’t tell you the story, can they? No, they have to create an image in your mind of what they think is going on.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli