Cardinal Law will testify before a criminal grand jury tomorrow. As is the case with these things, you won’t know what is said until after the grand jury report is released, if ever.
I have no problem with a grand jury investigation, although I’m not thrilled it’s being conducted by Mass. Attorney General Tom Reilly, a guy who never met a TV camera he didn’t like. Something tells me he’s not mainly concerned with justice as much as with appearing to be “doing something” about the Scandal. He’s already hedging his bets by saying that state law makes it difficult to prosecute the employer for the criminal deeds of an underling. What will happen is that we’ll get a highly charged and very damning report.
And the grand jury could prosecute the archdiocese as a corporation for “failing to stop misconduct by its employees,” while the bishops avoid indictment. In other words, we the people of the Archdiocese of Boston take the fall again by paying some huge fine. Think about that next time they talk about closing a parish or school.