This really is a slap in the face:
...Officials with the group Surviors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said they were dismayed that Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, the former archbishop of Boston, has been chosen to preside at a mass for the pope on Monday, and that the group's leaders would distribute leaflets outside the event in protest.
...After Law was forced to quit in late 2002 over a series of pedophilia sex scandals involving priests in his diocese, he was tapped by the pope to head one of Rome's great basilicas, St Mary Major, where he will lead the memorial Mass on Monday....
Remember, Law isn't innocent. Thomas Farragher wrote this in The Boston Globe in 2002, just after Law resigned:
...the roots of the archbishop of Boston's demise lay in a simple admission he made in court papers in June 2001 and then reaffirmed with a damning repetition.
He knew about allegations that John J. Geoghan, the now-convicted child molester, had been attacking little boys and returned him to parish work nevertheless.
He knew that the Rev. James D. Foley had fathered two children with a woman who later died from a drug overdose after going to bed with him, and yet he kept Foley in active ministry until this month.
Law knew that the Rev. Peter J. Frost was an admitted sex addict and child abuser and still held open the prospect of future ministry for him.
With an undeniable certainty, the cardinal's own words, revealed in documents forced from locked chancery filing cabinets by court order, confirmed that knowledge....
Law subsequent position at St. Mary Major was cushy, with a six-figure salary. And now he gets further honors from the church.