January 25, 2004
January 4, 2004
Your thoughts on Cardinal Law and the abuse scandal
Some have suggested that Cardinal Bernard Law should resign for his failure to remove former priest John Geoghan from contact with children years ago, when Law first learned of allegations that Geoghan was abusing boys. The cardinal has apologized for his inaction, but said he will not resign. We asked Boston.com users if they are satisfied with what Cardinal Law has said and done in the matter thus far, and if he should resign.
I think Bernard Law should resign. It has taken all this publicity to bring him to do something he should have done long ago. I don't trust his judgment and I don't think he is fit to lead the Catholic Church in this area!
Cardinal Law should do the morally correct thing and resign. In my opinion, the church looking the other way is the same as condoning this abuse. I believe Cardinal Law is just as guilty as John Geoghan for crimes against innocent children.
If he really wants to do all he can to help the abused psychologically, he should step down now. Otherwise he is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He had admitted knowing of abuse and not reporting it to authorities. As of this week that is now official Vatican policy. This is a Church acting outside of the law. At least charges should be brought against Mr. Law.
I strongly feel that Cardinal Law should resign immediately; he is just as guilty as John Geoghan for allowing him to hurt so many children. His apologies are not sincere and he doesn't deserve to stay in his position. He could have make a difference in this case but opted to overlooked the crimes that Geoghan committed against those 130 children (or may be even more). The press and public should keep on pressing to get Cardinal Law to resign, he is a disgrace.
Cardinal Law, as with anyone else who fails to to do their job as assigned, should resign from his position as archbishop. And why not? Take a look at Enron and the other companies whose CEOs are resigning for misconduct. Law is no different from any other shady CEO, and the Boston Archdiocese is no different from the other companies who engage in dubious activities. Law has forever tarnished his image and has violated our trust. For that he must leave.
I truly believe Cardinal Law should resign. Having attended Catholic school as child, I know that one would ever say no to a priest. There seems to little concern on the part of the church for the victims, and many prayers for the criminal.
As a member of the clergy, I am appalled at the Cardinal's behavior. Years of compounded abuse have happened on his watch and a simple apology is not enough. It is time for him to really accept responsibility and step down.
I feel in order for the Archdiocese to go on and heal Law needs to resign. He has gathered around him his close advisors who are obviously out of touch with parishioners. It is in the best interest of his flock to resign handing over the reins to someone who is more in touch with the people of the parishes.
Cardinal Law should resign immediately.
His failure to do so only adds to the mistrust and skepticism the faithful have in their church at a time when many are seeking true spiritual and Divine guidance in an often turbulent world. To think of the pain and suffering of over 100 children while Law turned a blind eye and ignorant ear. SHAME ! Cardinal - RESIGN NOW!
I hope that the Cardinal, upon some reflection, will come to the same conclusion that I'm sure many Catholics already have. That is: that the Catholic Church needs role models that will extend a hand to the young - not make them want to run the other way. Who is worse? The 'man' with an 'illness' or the 'man' that enables one with an illness? I wouldn't offer my alcoholic friend a drink? Nor would I give him directions to another bar.