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Globe coverage of the clergy abuse scandal has been divided into nine categories:
Predator priests Predator priests
Boston's worst abusers preyed on dozens of children.
Scandal and coverup Scandal and coverup
For years, church officials tried to keep abuse cases quiet.
The victims The victims
Hundreds have come forward claiming abuse by priests.
The financial cost The financial cost
With lawsuits pending, the church is eyeing bankruptcy.
Law and the laity Law and the laity
An energized lay movement helped force out Cardinal Law.
The church's response The church's response
Prelates turned over files and adopted a new abuse policy.
The clergy The clergy
Priests have struggled to assure shaken parishioners.
Investigations, lawsuits Investigations, lawsuits
Civil suits and criminal charges hang over the church.
Opinion Opinion
Globe columnists and guest writers offer their perspectives.

2003 Pulitzer Prizes
The Boston Globe was awarded the Pulitzer for public service for its coverage of the church scandal.   Story

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April 30
Archdiocese sets $10.5m fund-raising goal
By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff
The Archdiocese of Boston said yesterday that it will try to raise $10.5 million over the next year, up slightly from last year's fund-raising goal, but still down significantly since the start of the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

  Closing parishes
Facing a budget crunch, the archdiocese is preparing to close numerous churches. Full coverage Closing parishes

  More special reports
  John Geoghan: In death, abuser became a victim
  Church reaches $85 million settlement with victims
  Sean Patrick O'Malley becomes Boston's archbishop

 Documents
Read internal church documents, priest files, and letters from victims.
List of all documents

 Depositions
Cardinal Bernard Law
8 depositions, with video

Bishop Thomas Daily
1 deposition, with video

 Resources
More information on the church and the scandal:
Related books
Other sites on the Web

  The fall of Cardinal Law
Cardinal Bernard Law Cardinal Bernard F. Law resigned as archbishop of Boston on Dec. 13, 2002.
Resignation coverage
Coverage of Law's career
Timeline: Priest to cardinal
Statements on sex abuse
Photos of Law's career
  Scandal and church leadership
Sex scandals have resulted in the resignations of 19 Roman Catholic prelates worldwide since 1990.
Resignations in the US   Resignations worldwide

  In-depth
A Dorchester parish hopes it won't fall to budget cuts
Secrecy and coverups in the Boston Archdiocese
The rise of lay reform group Voice of the Faithful
Accused of sexual abuse, three priests are vindicated
The numbers: A look at the Archdiocese of Boston

  Specials
A parish at the crossroads
Shaken by the abuse scandal, parishioners at St. Gerard's in Canton find strength in their own congregation.

Homosexuality and the church
The abuse scandal has prompted frank discussion of the traditionally taboo subject of gays in the church.

Should celibacy be reconsidered?
The clergy abuse crisis has led some to question the church's policy on celibacy, while others defend it.

 Message boards
7/1/03
Reaction to Bishop O'Malley's appointment
12/13/02
Reaction to Cardinal Law's resignation
12/5/02
Opinions on church handling of the crisis
4/10/02
How should church address clergy abuse?
1/26/02
Should Cardinal Law step down?

 Globe polls
Catholics' opinions on abuse, church leaders.
May 2003   April 2002
Feb. 2002   July 1992

 Spotlight Team book
Betrayal is the Globe's book on the abuse crisis.   Read an excerpt


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