Cardinal Bernard Law resigns
Facing mounting outrage from Boston-area Catholics and clergy over the priest sexual abuse crisis, Cardinal Bernard Law announced today that he would resign as head of the Boston Archdiocese after 18 years in the post. Share your thoughts on the cardinal's resignation and his career in Boston. How will he be remembered? What effect will his departure have? And what comes next for the archdiocese?
Too little, too late. The harm has been done. The horse is out of the barn. Pandora's box has been opened. Catholics of Boston will take a long time to bounce back from this one.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek.
Sam, St. Louis
YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Children in Boston are safe again
Lou33, Portland Maine
I appreciate all the wonderful works that Cardinal Bernard Francis Law had done to the Boston areas. Now these Voices of Hateful and Ungrateful have created the Dark Ages in the area, I don't know when the poor would be able to receive helps in these times of troubles. For us who are little in the spirit of God, we need tremedous HELPS from God. God Bless Cardinal Law
BPK, Lawrence, MA
It's sad this had to happen. You always want to give someone the benefit of the doubt - maybe his underlings covered it up for so long, and by the time he found out it was too late. But it's obvious he knew everything that was going on from day one. No one in this world is infallible. I am disgusted by the actions and behavior of these men who are supposed to teach us virtues and holiness. I hope and pray that the "good priests" can support and guide all of us who have strayed because of this. The "good priests" need our support more than ever.
Joanna, Hanson, MA
It's about time Law left.
James Platteter, Dorchester
I don't understand why this criminal was allowed to "step down". If the Church had any true concern and compassion for the victims of this monster, he would have been fired a long time ago. I expect that the Vatican will now put some other lackey in Law's place, the coverups will continue, and nothing but the players will change.
I think the focus should be on the Church heirarchy and its policies that Law was adhering to over the years. The Officials in the Catholic Church would like nothing more than to have the media focus on the symptoms (Law) than the actual problem - its *ss-backwards policies. They love scape-goats. And the Church's proposed solutions, many of which associate homosexuality to pedophelia, reflect just how out of touch with reality and the modern worldthe Chruch's heirarchy,touching on controversial area to create a smokescreen for the corrupt Church and Papacy.
He should definitely be prosecuted. He was an accomplice to child molestation. It's not an issue of morals or religion, it's an issue of human decency. Far too many times in this country, people of power, from the President to ex-football players, get off the hook for crimes they commit, it's time America gets a backbone and stands up for injustice, especially such a sick, perverse and terrible act as child molestation, which not only physically hurts the child but deeply scars them emotionally for their entire lives. Maybe we should stick him in solitary confinement and let his God punish him.
From a 71 year old Methodist to young Catholic people. Do not let this problem alter your faith in Jesus Christ or in your Church.
Allan Denning, Willingboro, NJ