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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Cardinal Bernard Law, former archbishop of Boston, dies at 86

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/12...ead-at-86.html

 

 

Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failures to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked the worst crisis in American Catholicism, has died at 86, a church official said Tuesday.

 

Law was once one of the most important leaders in the U.S. church. He broadly influenced Vatican appointments to American dioceses, helped set priorities for the nation's bishops and was favored by Pope John Paul II.

 

But in January 2002, the Boston Globe began a series of reports that used church records to reveal that Law had transferred abusive clergy among parish assignments for years without alerting parents or police. Within months, Catholics around the country demanded to know whether their bishops had done the same.

 

I know that this isn't a Catholic site and I as defiantly not a Catholic, but I think we should morn the loss of a person who had so much potential for doing good and by personal choice degraded himself and those around him by looking the other way while people under him damaged the very people who they took an oath to defend. I'm not excusing his actions, nor any actions of anyone withing the circle of silence that allowed this travesty to continue. I just wish he had to conviction to have spoken out and did what was necessary to bring such things to an end.

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