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The play based on the depositions of Cardinal Law, that originated in Chicago, is coming to Massachusetts

The lights go up on Cardinal Bernard Law, his back to the audience, kneeling in prayer. It almost seems as if the cardinal himself is onstage until he turns around and it’s actor Jim Sherman.
What happens during the next two hours in the play “Sin: A Cardinal Deposed,” taken primarily from Law’s depositions in the sexual-abuse cases concerning priests John Geoghan and Paul Shanley, is an emotional roller coaster.

Actors playing lawyers Mitchell Garabedian in the Geoghan case and Roderick MacLeish Jr. in the Shanley case grill the cardinal, and his denials of any culpability elicit frequent gasps from the audience. The readings from depositions and interviews, which detail the stories of victims and the lack of a response from Church officials, leave some people in tears.

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posted March 23, 2004 at 12:47 pm

Jeez. Seems to me that some people are getting their “I’m a good person” feelings at the expense of children’s suffering. I hope I’m wrong. Look at me, I condemn child sexual abuse. She cried, so I held her, that’s how good of a person I am. I’m so good I can’t identify at all with Cardinal Law. Not one little bit. I’m not a big bad sinner, like he is.

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John Hearn

posted March 23, 2004 at 1:18 pm

Our forefathers had the stocks in the town square where various sorts of malefactors could be publicly humiliated and hit with garbage. Now we have the theater…

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chris k

posted March 23, 2004 at 2:02 pm

Well, at least the cardinal may be shedding some of his purgatory through this. Can’t exactly judge the same for some of the rest of the cast – real or acting.

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posted March 23, 2004 at 3:09 pm

Even with all the news stories of the past, there are plenty of Catholics who still don’t get it. Consider that Boston alum Bishop Daily is still the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus. It sounds as if this production may not be a dramatic masterpiece, but as far as the idea of creating a theatrical work from the public statements of scoundrel bishops, I say, “Bravo!”

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Donald R. McClarey

posted March 23, 2004 at 4:48 pm

Leaving aside the fact that Cardinal Law disgraced his office by failing to act against the malefactors, this type of theatrical production always leaves a bad taste in my mouth. There is a Stalinist feel to this variety of agitation/propaganda and the targets are never those on the political left. It reminds me of Orwell’s moments of hate in 1984. Even as agitiation/propaganda it leaves much to be desired. The people who come to these performances are usually those who long ago made up their minds.

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posted March 23, 2004 at 6:30 pm

Can Law sue someone for royalties or something since they are using his story?

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posted March 24, 2004 at 8:06 am

VOTF’s priorities exposed

As Amy points out, the play “Sin: A Cardinal Deposed,” about Cardinal Law, is coming to Boston. You’d think it would be most popular among victims, but it isn’t. It

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Fr Phil Bloom

posted March 24, 2004 at 11:39 am

Sounds like a good sequel to this Sunday’s Gospel:

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