The New York Times reports that the Vatican has named Cardinal Bernard Law, who presided over the Boston archdiocese throughout the sex-abuse scandal, one of nine prelates who will preside over the pope's funeral.
Two years ago, the Times reports, "Cardinal Law resigned after a judge decided to unseal court records that included a letter from the cardinal commending priests even though he knew they had been accused at one time of abusing children." Despite all that, the Vatican thought he was a heck of a guy and gave him a cushy position in Rome—and now, the international spotlight in the pope's funeral. I'll bet Law feels quite chastened over the whole covering-up-for-molesters thing, huh?
Clearly the Vatican needs a better public-relations manager. And—what the hell—maybe some better overall policies while they're at it.
P.S. "Pope" is a funny word. Try saying it five or six times in a row.