(NBC NEWS) LONDON — Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced ex-archbishop of Boston whose failure to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked a global crisis in Catholicism, died Wednesday in Rome, Vatican officials announced Wednesday. He was 86.
Law passed away “early this morning after a long illness,” the Holy See said in a statement.
One of the most important leaders in the U.S. church until scandal led to his resignation, Law was hugely influential as a confidante of Pope John Paul II, and was a regular visitor to the White House under President George W. Bush.
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