George Weigel reflects on an incident that is an example of the good Cardinal Law has done. During the papal trip to Cuba in 1998, Cardinal Law gave a gift to a choir of young Cubans and, in doing so, gave a gift to the secret police, normal Cubans, and foreigners who witnessed it.
Lest all we remember is Law’s failings, let’s not forget that every man is an amalgam of sin and virtue. For some, the sin marks us, yet the virtue tempers it. Few men, if any, are unrelenting portraits of evil. When they exist, they are few, thank God. More often, men are contradictions of goodness and sinfulness. We do good, yet hurt others. We love God, yet reject Him.
Isn’t that the message of the Christian life? For all have fallen short of the glory of God, yet it is the death of Christ which gives us life and opens for us the opportunity to bridge the gap of sin. It is not for me to judge Cardinal Law nor offer my forgiveness. Only those who have suffered by his sins have the right to forgive, above all Jesus Christ who bled on the cross for his sins, my sins, your sins.