I know of no way to nuance this. Cardinal Law lied about a pervert priest’s background when recommending him to be a military chaplain:
Roderick MacLeish Jr., an attorney with the firm of Greenberg Traurig, which represents more than 200 alleged victims, said yesterday he was particularly concerned with records showing that Law signed a 1996 statement certifying the Rev. Redmond M. Raux for full-time work as a military chaplain, with no restrictions on work with children, even though Raux had been accused of fondling an underage teenager while a priest at Gate of Heaven Church in South Boston.
‘‘I am unaware of anything in his background which would render him unsuitable to work with minor children,’’ Law said in the 1996 statement.
Either the cardinal has the worst kind of memory loss, somebody signed this for him, or he out and out lied. I can’t imagine the cardinal forgetting: “Oh wait, didn’t this guy molest some kids?” Why would he do such a thing? What could possess him to protect the pervert to the point of lying so he could go somewhere else?