January 25, 2004
January 4, 2004
Your thoughts on the priest sexual abuse scandal
The priest sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church has been unfolding for 3 months now, not just locally, but also nationally and overseas. We'd like to hear your thoughts on what steps the church should take to address the problem. What can rank-and-file Catholics do? How can church officials regain the trust of the faithful?
I for one will be contacting my parish priest in Milton to tell him that we (as a family) will not be returning for Mass until Law resigns. In affect boycotting. As much as I know that it is the message not the messanger, this has to end.
A Mom, Milton
It is simply stunning to read the documents released 2 days ago. To discover that priests and bishops of the Roman Catholic church have played a prominent role in not only protecting child-abusers, but also in knowlingly facilitating their abuse of children, to me seems to be criminal activity. Cardinal Law must resign. Many other bishops and priests need to be sacked. In the secular/corporate world we know how thorough the "house cleaning" must be, and that the impact on the Roman Catholic church, and on the people of Greater Boston, will be devastating. Nonetheless, the Roman Catholic church has no alternative now but to completely disassociate itself from the criminal activities of the past and be open to complete transformation of the hierarchial structure. The Marine Corps has an advertising slogan that says, "We need a few good men". The Roman Catholic church has no alternative now but to proclaim to the world, "We need a few good married men".
D Freeman, Jamaica Plain
It's unfortunate to read about the cover-ups and denials of the Catholic Church. To rectify the situation, the first step is for Cardinal Law to step down. It's disturbing to think that the Cardinal could have prevented additional children from being molested. He's an accomplice to these sexual crimes and he must step down.
Michael, Chestnut Hill
The Church MUST allow married priests and female priests. Many of us will not return until they do.
Priority should be placed on having Cardinal Law step down.
JENNIFER, CHESTNUT HILL
I think that now that all this has come out, this is a wake up call. It's time to change the laws of the church. They are man made laws that can be changed. Priest are men and they have feelings they're human. They should be allowed to marry and just maybe we would have more men becoming priests. That would probably solve a couple of problems.
CARDINAL LAW MUST RESIGN AT ONCE IN ORDER TO GET THE ARCHDIOCESE BACK INTO A POSITION OF LEADERSHIP AND TRUST.
WILLIAM COLLINS, BILLERICA, MA
The best course for the church to follow is for the people to take control of the church instead of being controlled by it. Parishes should themselves hire and fire their priests, priests should elect their bishops, bishops should elect cardinals, and cardinals should elect the Pope. The present system of appointment from the top leads to ineffective bureaucracy.
Joseph Czapski, Arlington, Mass.
Law and his crowd have profaned the moral authority of a once-relevant force in the daily lives of millions of people. He, like the pedophiles for whom he makes excuses, are criminals. They so richly deserve to have their fat, safe, well fed and hypocritical asses thrown in jail. They are men of faith the way Hitler was leader of a nation. I sincerely hope there is a special place in hell for Cardinal Law and others like him who covered up the raping of little boys by 'men of God.' Perhaps Law and his cronies can be placed on 'sick leave' in MCI Framingham where they belong, so that they may experience misery at the hands of a sexually deviant predator.
John Traer, Centerville
The Church stopped being about morality when it first obtained wealth and power. It has a long history of exploiting and abusing people who think otherwise. Making Mr. Law a scapegoat will do more to benefit the Church and its ability to continue these traditions of abuse than it will to end them. The Church itself should receive full credit for the evil it has spread throughout the world.