‘This Was a Terrible Human Being’ Says Mark Ruffalo
Former BostonÂ Cardinal Bernard Law, disgraced for enabling and covering up child sex abuse of pedophile priests, died Monday night in Rome. The 2015 film “Spotlight,” which won two Oscars, is based on The Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal, including Cardinal Law’s role.
“Cardinal Bernard F. Law, whose 19-year tenure as head of the Archdiocese of Boston ended in his resignation after it was revealed he had failed to remove sexually abusive priests from the ministry, setting off a scandal that reached around the world, died Tuesday. He was 86,” The Boston Globe reports.
Cardinal Law was the highest-ranking official in the history of the US church to leave office in public disgrace. Although he had not broken any laws in the Commonwealth â€” clergy were not required to report child sex abuse until 2002 â€” his actions led to a sense of betrayal among many Boston Catholics that the church is still dealing with today.
The abuse scandal was â€œthe greatest tragedy to befall children â€” everâ€ in the Commonwealth, the attorney generalâ€™s office said in 2003, and â€œas archbishop, and therefore chief executive of the archdiocese, Cardinal Bernard Law bears ultimate responsibility for the tragic treatment of children that occurred during his tenure. But by no means does he bear sole responsibility.â€
The attorney generalâ€™s office said the abuse extended over six decades and involved at least 237 priests and 789 children; of those, 48 priests and other archdiocesan employees were alleged to have abused children while Law was leader of the Boston archdiocese.
Here’s how Twitter responded to the news:
Mark Ruffalo, who starred in “Spotlight”:
This was a terrible human being… Cardinal Bernard Law, Boston Archbishop Who Was Forced To Resign Over Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal, Dead At 86 | HuffPost https://t.co/m6SPMq3tds
â€” Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 20, 2017
â€” Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 20, 2017
Boston TV anchor:
BREAKING: Sources tell @WCVB The man who was at the helm of the clergy sex abuse scandal in Boston is dead. Cardinal Bernard Law died in Rome. I just talked to Mitchell Garabedian. He says his death just exposes the wounds the victims will always feel. Tonite I think of them
â€” Maria Stephanos (@mariastephanos) December 20, 2017
Harvard Constitutuional law professor:
You mean Cardinal Lawless?
â€” Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 20, 2017
“I hope the gates of hell are swinging wide to allow him entrance.”
Survivor of Catholic priest sex abuse reacts to Cardinal Bernard Law’s passing. pic.twitter.com/1DimdR9eDX
â€” NBC News (@NBCNews) December 20, 2017
Cardinal Bernard law is going straight to HELL, he stood silent while children were sexually abused and assaulted by priests. Republicans are doing the same thing with trump and fellow republicans who are accused of sexual assault and harassment. #WednesdayWisdom #GOPTaxBillScam
â€” LIBRA (@Santuitis) December 20, 2017
I don’t want to see a single reference to Cardinal Bernard Law’s death that doesn’t reference his central role in exposing children to pedophile priests. His actions were as damaging as those priests, and he should have died in jail.
â€” Robert Merriman (@RobertHMerriman) December 20, 2017
The death of Cardinal Bernard Law is extremely sad only in the sense that he was never punished and never will be, so letâ€™s all do our part to remember him for exactly what he was…a steaming pile of garbage that protected paedophiles & lied with every breath of his adult life.
â€” JPM (@JPM_80) December 20, 2017
Cardinal Bernard Law. “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” – Author Unknown
â€” Ebony & Noor (@DarlingEbony) December 20, 2017
If it weren’t for the efforts of @BostonGlobe @GlobeSpotlight investigative reporters, we wouldn’t have known the extent of Bernard Law’s role in the cover-up of decades of child sexual abuse by priests in Boston. Remember that:https://t.co/SLbA6BEYIM
â€” Curtis Tate (@tatecurtis) December 20, 2017
Cardinal Bernard Law Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
â€” La Vache Qui Rit (@LaRIVacheQuiRit) December 20, 2017
Cardinal Bernard Law died. The man who covered up Catholic Priest who were sexually abusing children in order to protect the public perception of the Catholic Church. He was a failure. He was a heartless man with no soul. pic.twitter.com/UcRR1dTzK0
â€” Î±Î©â„ï¸HÎ¼mÎ±Î·Î¹sÏ„Î•ngÎ¹nÎµÎµr (@AtheistEngineer) December 20, 2017
â€” ally jarmanning (@allyjarmanning) December 20, 2017
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‘Flashback Much?’: Senator Mocked for Saying IG Report Made Him Feel Like He Had ‘Dropped Acid’
“About 25 percent of the way through it I thought I dropped acid. It’s surreal.”
A prominent Republican Senator is getting his own special due process on social media after using his precious time to question U.S. Dept. of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz by saying reading the 434 page report on the FBI’s Russia investigation was like dropping acid.
U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) admitted to Horowitz on Wednesday that he had not finished reading the lengthy document but was about 70 percent done. He also appeared to be trying to make the infractions about FISA warrants committed by FBI agents to be seen as unprecedented and historically offensive, in an attempt to serve President Donald Trump by damaging the reputation of the FBI.
“About 15 percent of the way through it made me want to heave,” Sen. Kennedy announced. “About 25 percent of the way through it I thought I dropped acid. It’s surreal.”
Someone can be heard laughing in the background.
Here’s John Kennedy comparing reading government documents to dropping acid, for some reason pic.twitter.com/EzQCLwvW32
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2019
Kennedy chose to focus on the misconduct by the FBI agents instead of on the actual investigation, which the Inspector General found to be warranted: that is, opening up the Russia probe to determine not only how Putin and his cronies attacked the U.S. election but to what extent any Trump campaign officials may have been involved.
The Louisiana Republican Senator was not done. He made clear someone would have to pay for the misdeeds.
Apparently it would not matter to Kennedy who.
“I hope you’ll tell your colleagues at the FBI that we appreciate their work, but this has got to be fixed. At minimum someone’s got to be fired,” he announced.
Many were perplexed and shared their concerns about Sen. Kennedy on social media.
So far in his line of questioning, Sen. John Kennedy has:
-complimented IG on the durability of his kidneys
-said he (Kennedy) thinks he might have dropped acid
-coined new nickname for Trump probe (“Misfire Hurricane”)
-used the word “chuckleheads”
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 11, 2019
If you’ve listened to U.A. Senator John Kennedy of late you’d also think that he’s dropped acid, more than once.
— Rabbi Jacob Herber (@rjherber) December 11, 2019
WHO KNEW that Rep. Sen. John Kennedy was once a Flower Child?
He was caught reminiscing during the senate hearing today,
“I thought I had dropped acid” he said with astonishment
— Dave Stancliff (@AsItStands63) December 11, 2019
— Thicky Ricardo- DRY wit not a DIMwit (@MsSmartie2u) December 11, 2019
Sen. Krazy Kennedy just said he ‘thought he’d dropped acid” in some context.
It fits just about any context in his case.
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) December 11, 2019
— T (@jnaneswari1) December 11, 2019
Senator Kennedy felt like he dropped acid? pic.twitter.com/A1LM63iPJ4
— Ardie (@Ardie85854079) December 11, 2019
I have @MSNBC on in the background while working and just had to stop and utter “WTF?” out loud when Kennedy said he felt like he had dropped acid?!?! hahaha I have no idea what that feels like but maybe it is a possible explanation for what’s wrong with him? lol #SenateHearing pic.twitter.com/ctXaSN6JwR
— Deanna Rilling🌹🏒🛳 (@DeannaRilling) December 11, 2019
Ted Cruz ‘Just Pumped Nonsensical Disinformation Into American Air Waves’: Former FBI Special Agent
During his turn to question Inspector General Michael Horowitz today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn’t really ask many questions, and instead chose to use his time to rant about what he believes are the corrupt origins of the investigation into Russia’s alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.
In a tweet, MSNBC’s Clint Watts wrote that Cruz “just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.”
Senator Cruz just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) December 11, 2019
Watch Cruz’s rant in the video below:
Lindsey Graham Explodes in Anger Demanding to Know Why FBI ‘Didn’t Tell Trump’ His Campaign Was Under Investigation
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham exploded in anger as he questioned Inspector General Michael Horowitz, demanding to know why the FBI did not notify then-candidate Donald Trump and his campaign in 2016 that they were the subjects of a counterintelligence investigation to determine how Russia was attacking the U.S. and if any members of the Trump campaign were involved.
Chairman Graham appeared to ignore all the signs that Donald Trump and his campaign may have been conspiring with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election, including Trump’s infamous “Russia, if you’re listening” remarks.
The FBI “never made any effort to brief Donald Trump about suspected problems within his campaign,” Graham lamented, again, ignoring the FBI was working to determine if Trump or anyone else was colluding with Russia.
The FBI did warn the Trump campaign Russia was working to undermine the election. Trump appears to have taken that warning as an invitation to an opportunity to win the election rather than to protect the nation.
“Why did they not tell him that” people like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos might be working wirh Russia, Graham asked.
Graham later says, “I hope all of us would appreciate if you really believe there may be somebody in my campaign working with a foreign power, please tell me. Why didn’t they tell Trump?”
Again, the FBI likely had reason to suspect Trump was that somebody.
Despite all this, the RNC opted to immediately post a clip of Graham defending Trump on YouTube and Twitter (below).
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 11, 2019
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