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Protest as controversial cardinal stages Vatican Mass.

CONTROVERSIAL Cardinal Bernard Law celebrated Mass for Pope John Paul in St Peter's Basilica yesterday, ignoring protests from victims that his handling of the sex abuse scandal in the US Catholic Church should disqualify him from the honour Police broke up a small protest staged by two victims of sex abuse at the hands of American priests, escorting one of them off St Peter's Square as she was preparing to distribute leaflets.

Several officers walked Barbara Blaine, founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, behind barricades set up at the entrance to the square.

Blaine and another leader of the group took their campaign for reform to the centre of Roman Catholicism, demanding that Vatican officials stop Cardinal Law from celebrating an important Mass mourning Pope John Paul.

They condemned what they called the Vatican's 'hurtful decision' to choose Law for the honour.

The Mass went ahead without disruption.

Law resigned as archbishop of Boston in December 2002after unsealed court records revealed he had moved predatory clergy among parishes without alerting parents that their children were at risk. More than 550 people have filed abuse claims in Boston in recent years and the archdiocese has paid more than pounds 40m in settlements
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 12, 2005
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