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March 23
Law's words frame new play

March 2
Wary Catholics return to church

January 25, 2004
Churches report attendance up

January 4, 2004
Dot parish struggles to survive

December 28
Hudson fill-in priest welcomed

December 12
Law prays daily for diocese

November 22
Assignment for Law expected

November 20
Policies on VOTF reconsidered

September 19
Crisis issues in church's future

September 18
Meeting ban at parish is lifted

August 4
O'Malley given warm welcome

August 1
Lawmakers see shades of gray

July 31
An angry protest, and prayers
Voices of protest and support
Three in crowd bound in hope
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July 29
Lay group to engage O'Malley

July 24
Many outraged after AG's report

July 21
Law to skip bishop installation

July 18
O'Malley invites Law, victims

July 11
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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?

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I don't understand what celibacy has to do with being a pedophile. They are 2 separate issues.

Maria, Everett


Steps that need to be taken are: Church: Returning to the original Church rules, which lasted 1600+ years, wherein celibacy was a priestly CHOICE! We the Rank & File: 1) Refuse to attend services led by those celibate perverts; ie, all the purportedly celibate. 2) Accept Reality: The terrible church *celibate pretense* policy caused inestimable harm in our children, and now the wealthy church must pay. 3) Try our best to forgive the pope & church.

Keith Bradford, Dacula GA


The Catholic church is full of the teachings of men. Consequently, all hell is breaking loose and will continue to. In Matthew 15:1-9, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees(the religious leaders of his day) for following the teachings of men rather than the commands of God. Jesus said that by following the teachings of men, the Pharisees had let go of the commands of God...and that their worship was in vain.(worthless) The same applies to the Catholic church today.

Steve, San Jose


One who has served in the Episcopal Church for 45 years as priest where our denomination at the church insurance company's urging, took sexual misbehavior very serioulsy about 5 years ago and required all clergy and laity who worked with children to take an 8 hour training session with a therapist. The Episcopal House of Bishops stopped short of also requiring all such trained clergy and laity take the subject material and issues of their short training period backt into their congreghations and invite all members to sit down and talk openly about human sexuality. I am recommending this to my bishop now in light of what Rome has not been willing to do these many centuries I guess.

Richard Cockrell, Anderson, SC


TO GET THE CHURCH TO CHANGE. THE CHURCH MEMBERS HAVE THE POWER OF THE PURSE. MEANING THEY CAN STOP GIVING MONEY TO THE CHURCH.AS IT IS SAID (MONEY TALKS) I AM A CATHOLIC AND I STOP GIVING TO THE CHURCH. I DO HOWEVER STILL GIVE TO THE NEEDY. THATS NOT CONNECTED TO THE CHURCH.

TOM, GRAND RAPIDS


The entire Vatican 2 Catholic clergy should step aside and resign ,top to bottom . They have shown total and complete in-competance in every detail relating to administering their office . THEY DO NOT HAVE A CLUE ! as to what they are supposed to actually be doing . They think wearing a silly grin is it . The evidence is in . They have ruined civilization .They have ruined the Church and the World . Is not Christianity the foundation of civilization ? Give it up clergymen , get a job in Clintonian Democrat politics ,where you really belong . Where your true home and heart longs to be . Ben Kulp

Ben Kulp, St, Louis Mo.


For the sake of the church, Law must step down! Given that the people who are members of the very institution he is leading are demanding he step down, then the only reason he wouldn't would be for selfish, power hungry reasons. Law must stop looking out for himself, and start doing what is best for the church. If people are threatening to leave the church, threatening to stop donating, then why does he insist on staying on as Cardinal? If he truly cares about the state of our church, he will step down and assume a position as a priest at an area parish.

M. Rossi, wakefield


First Cardinal Law should resign and go back to being a simple priest - he needs a good lesson in humility - he has allowed his need for prestige to overtake his good judgement and has done GREAT HARM to the Church as well as to hundreds of innocent children. Second, the lay people of our Church need to take back control - this is our Church not just the "big shots". Third, the POPE MUST address this issue of sexual abuse in a very strong forceful manner and ALL priests that have been abusers MUST be removed from their priestly orders and helped. Fourth, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, all priests, Bishops,Cardinals, etc. who covered up all these years must admit the greater sin and they too should resign their higher-up positions and become a simple parish priest again. They need to be humbled and get back to the real reason they are priests - TO SERVE GOD and MAN.

Gail Porrello, Altamonte Springs


I'm quite concerned with the church's handling of this issue but just as concerned with the lack of integrity the Boston Globe has displayed. For several weeks the Globe has badgered readers into believing there has been a widespread call for Bernard Cardinal Law to resign which has not been the case. Even with the allegations made public on April 9, there are still many who do not wish for the Cardinal to resign despite the Globe's yellow journalism. In fact, only today, April 10, are we seeing some prominent citizens calling for the Cardinal's resignation. Shame on the Boston Globe for attempting to influence the news. Save your editorials for the editorial pages.

AK


Criminal charges should be pressed against him, Archbishop Thomas Dailey and the other priests who are now Bishops who were involved in these scandals.

frank Kelly, annandale, Va


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