Bernard Law

FILE – In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 file photo, US Cardinal Bernard Law as he celebrates Mass during a ceremony for Our Lady of the Snows in St. Mary Major’s basilica, in Rome. Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in disgrace as Boston’s archbishop in 2002 after the priest sex abuse scandal exploded in the United States, has retired from his subsequent job as head of Rome’s St. Mary Major’s basilica Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. The Vatican said that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the 80-year-old Law’s resignation as archpriest of St. Mary Major basilica and had named as Law’s replacement Spanish Monsignor Santos Abril y Castello. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)