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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?

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I met Cardinal Law and I thought that he was a really wonderful person. However, How could he possibly let something of this nature occur? What about all those children that had to live with this abuse. It is not right that we have to have a leader in the Catholic Church that did absolutely nothing about this, however I feel that people will learn from this, and somehow from this outcome, it just makes us stronger.

Denise , Lawrence, Mass.


How can it be that these so-called 'shepards' can have moved so far away from the humble,truthful, caring message of Christ. It's the same thing in New York. I met with Cardinal Egan a month or two ago, and i could not believe what a self satisified, grandeois, over weight buffon he is. it was embarassing.....and i told him so.

michael, new york


This is a case of too little, too late ... the Cardinal seemed more concerned with maintaining his title than fulfilling the responsibities the position represents. Unfortunately he embodies all that is wrong with organized religion and demonstrates why no "man" should follow another "man" to find spiritual enlightenment. Thank you.

Carol, Marshfield


This should have happened a YEAR ago.. If anyone thinks this will start a healing..FORGETABOUTIT ! The healing starts when some of these socalled " men of cloth" are wearing handcuffs !

Bill, Waltham


fieldwrap@boston.com 12/13/2002 09:10 AM When this whole scandle began he shoud have just gracefully resigned, apologising for making some bad decisions with overall good intentions. I could have respected that. New leadeship could have gone to work with clean hands to turn things around. Cardinal Law could have focused his full attention to apoogising and helping the athortities. Instead, Bernard Law stood his ground while things fell apart around him. As more and more accusations and evidence came into light, and as the public outrage grew, he stood his ground. Now, that he has finally decided to resign, it comes as a hollow gesture. I no longer think of him as that good man who mad some bad choices while trying to make things right. He appears more like the ego driven corporate executive trying to keep his job and better his business at any cost. His intentions no longer seem noble, his decisions intentional - not that he condoned the horrible acts, but chose to silence them from the public eye. I think this is how he will be remembered. As a disgrace.

David, Boston


Thank God! Now, let's put him in jail where he belongs.

rr, Cambridge


Its about time Cardinal Law resign. Although his resignation wont end the scandal it's a start in the right direction. I truly believe that Cardinal Law should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Good luck Bishop Lennon

Christina, boston


This is a sad day for all of Boston! Coming on Friday the 13th gives the spirits of darkness an upper hand BUT the devil is still a liar! I feel sorry for Cardinal Law because He is a good man. My husband, who is not a Catholic, was visably moved when the Cardinal visited him in a treatment program for drunks and gave him hope and encouragement. I shall never forget how excited my husband was at having met him. Please let the healing process bein and let us start 2003 with a new resolve to make the world a better place.

Gail D. , Jamaica Plain section of Boston


Three Cheers to Mr. Ford, who broke his silence, to our Atty. General Reilly, and last but not least the Boston Globe, and the Media. You brought this ugly truth to the forefront. The mounting pressure should not stop with Law, it should proceed to McCormack and others who were promoted to plumb positions in the Church for 'DOING THEIR JOB'. I was outraged that Fr. Birmingham was hushed up at a time when my high school meant everything decent and honest. Fr. McCormack knew then and what his his position now, Archbishop of New Hampshire. As a divorced Catholic, who 'cannot receive Communion', this pales in comparison to the dirt that exists to cover the so-called Leaders we look up to in the Church. Faith is about living ones life, honestly and giving to others on a daily basis. This can be found in any Church or Temple.

Gail, Quincy


Now, as the possibility of a Cardinal's trial and conviction slowly enter our consciousness, it strikes me that jail-time might be a desirable outcome. For Bernard Law personally, jail-time might be his spiritual rebirth -- what could be a more fitting capstone to his horrific journey than deep, extended penitence. For the rest of us, jail-time could be the first real sign that society will never again let arrogant power sacrifice our children or our sense of decency.

Stephen T Barry, Chestnut Hill


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