Cardinal Law replaced as archpriest of basilica

November 28, 2011
Cardinal Bernard Law

Cardinal Bernard Law

Cardinal Bernard Law, former archbishop of Boston, has been replaced as archpriest of the Rome Basilica of St. Mary Major, the Vatican announced.

In a regular bulletin listing Church appointments Nov. 21, the Vatican said Pope Benedict had named Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril Castello, the Vatican's vice chamberlain, to the post.

Law turned 80 Nov. 4. Pope John Paul II appointed Law to the position in May 2004, about two years after he resigned as Boston's archbishop amid criticism of his handling of clerical sexual abuse cases in the archdiocese.