April 9, 2005

A Chicago leader of a group of victims abused by priests plans to travel to Rome today to protest the participation of ousted Boston Cardinal Bernard Law in funeral services for Pope John Paul II. Barbara Blaine of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests will be part of a group protesting the inclusion of Law, who resigned from the Boston archdiocese in 2002 amid the unfolding priest sex abuse scandal. Law had reassigned priests despite abuse allegations against them.

Still a cardinal with a vote for pope, Law will preside over one of nine daily masses Monday at the Rome church where John Paul II appointed him archpriest. "Our concern is that many Catholics going there don't know the history with Cardinal Law and that's why we want to inform them," Blaine said.

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