From Tuscaloosa News:
Pope John Paul II on Thursday gave Cardinal Bernard F. Law an official position in Rome, naming the former Boston archbishop who resigned in the sex abuse scandal as head of a basilica.
Law will have the title archpriest of St. Mary Major Basilica, a largely ceremonial post often given to retired prelates.
The 72-year-old Law resigned Dec. 13, 2002, to quell an outcry over his handling of sex abuse cases.
He moved from Boston and became resident chaplain at a convent in Maryland, although he retained his membership on nine Vatican congregations and councils, traveling frequently to Rome. He attended a number of the events during celebrations for John Paul's 25th anniversary as pontiff in October.