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?
The church is still in shambles. Anyone who thinks that Cardinal Law made these decisions on his own is seriously mistaken. He needed to resign no doubt, but he is still a man and he is still in pain - and my religion teaches me to forgive and comfort. My heart breaks for him, for the victims and for the church. This is truly a sad day for the Catholic Church at Christmas time.
Bernard Law: Too little, too late. My thanks to those 57 priests who had the courage to make a stand and call for his resignation. I couldn't have been more disappointed in my parish priest in Ipswich who lacked that courage. As a father with two young children, my family will be celebrating Christmas and, from this point forward, celebrating weekly mass in a new church with a priest who has the courage to stand up, not only for what is right, but most importantly for my children. It is time to heal, but let us not forget. Seek out those priests who recognize this and with whom you can feel confident placing your trust. The laity must have some voice.
John Q., Ipswich
It's going to take alot more than Law resigning to fix the church! Hopefully this will be the beginning of a reformation - or better yet, a dissolving - of the "Catholic Church" !
There is absolutely nothing else that Cardinal Law could have done - he had to resign. Just because Christ is all knowing DOES NOT mean that the human beings he shepherded are the same. He is probably looking down, shaking his head sadly, wondering how we could have gone so astray in allowing the most innocent of us be abused by people who are supposed to protect and care for them. This blind allegiance to archaic rules and the church's absolute refusal to change with the times makes it its own worst enemy.
Kim, Washington, DC
I lived at St Johns Seminary for 2.5 years and they were the most fulfilling years of disscernment in my young life. However, I left because my heart was torn between "the call" I had and still have and the reality that what the church preaches hurts many people. This resignation needs to be the first step to inclusion of all. Please let us move forward and not cast blame on divorced adults, a young abortion seeker, a gay man or woman....what does that serve...but make people be secretive and live a life not of complete openness. Look what that policy has done to our church. To be humble is to serve....and now the humble church must serve ALL the people in this world.
Richard R, Everett MA
i think i will go back to church this sunday
It's about time. He is just as guilty as the accused priets. He to should be put on trial.
Cardinal Law was not the problem. Cardinal Law is a good man, put in a terrible spot, and now he's being made the scapegoat. I've never heard a bad thing about the Cardinal, and I heard of him before most of you knew he existed. The priests that committed these acts are the ones who were responsible for their actions, and are the ones responsible for the pain inflicted on the victims. The problem has existed longer than his tenure, that's for damned sure. That's probably why he didn't divulge all he knows to the media/courts. Cardinal Law, we'll probably find out...as some news sources have already alleged... was doing what he was told, by higher autorities who did not fully understand the situation. He's a good man who's done a lot of good in his life. The situation is regrettable, but he did not cause it. Now he's ruined, and the church is too...So what?! What's really been accomplished? Other than the mob of church critics getting its wish.
John , Boston
I agree. It is about time. But will this solve anything? I doubt it. If we think that Law is going to suffer for harboring these scum that we Catholics had put our faith and trust in to bring us closer to God, then we have another thing coming. The Catholic Church, not the Catholic faith mind you, is as crooked and deceptive as the Mafia.
It's about time.