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by Ted Schmidt

In a recently published book Conclave, on the process of the next papal election, John L. Allen Jr., the National Catholic Reporter’s full time Vatican watcher, profiles the men who will be in the running to be the next Pope. It is a wonderful primer for anybody interested in the papal sweepstakes.

     Allen is an astute reporter who writes in a direct, honest and often witty way. He is not afraid to name the top twenty front runners, and in lesser detail, he writes capsule comments on all of the candidates. For Canadians interested in handicapping the next conclave, his analysis of Toronto’s conservative Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic is both dead on and very witty. Ditto for Montreal’s Cardinal Turcotte.

     In this column, however, I would like to focus on a cardinal under siege, Bernard Law of Boston. Law as many readers will know is the embattled archbishop of Boston, under ferocious assault by Boston Catholics for his stunningly obtuse handling of the clerical abuse scandal which has seen over 100
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