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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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Cardinal Law still doesn't seem to get it. "Shortcoming and mistakes"? His attempts to protect pedophiles - even offering them comfort - were very deliberate.

J. Caffrey, N. Andover


I want to encourage to You Cardenal Law. I will take your part. From Spain we are praying for you. Put all in the hands of the Holy Virgin Mary.The evil can nothing over Her. Regards

Carlos, Barcelona


I think it is the correct thing for him to do. I cannot help but remember a few years ago when he publicly commented that it was okay for comedians and people to make fun of the Catholic church, but Judiasm, Buddism and other religions were not to be made fun of. Well, sir, this is why the Catholic religion takes shots from everyone. And you made the statement when you knew about all of these child molestation cases. How he can be replete with audacity and acrimony at the same time will flummox me for some time.

John A, Peabody


I am sorry he waited sooo long to do this but I wish him luck and FORGIVENESS.. His diparture is due and hopefully we all can just move on...

Ronna, Newton


It's about time the scammer stepped down. Now he should go hide his head in shame for a few months to contemplate how his actions contributed to giving so many pedophiles prolonged access to our children. Imagine how much crime has and will continue to be committed by priests and their victims as a result of Law's irresponsible behavior. Thanks to the catholic church.

James Monroe, Boston, MA


Even is too late for many of us who because of his doing have lost faith in the Catholic Church Maybe this will help others to start the healing process. As for myself something has died in my heart and I doubt will resucitate.He has destroyed and betrayed our beliefs,permited those priests to continue saying Mass, Blessing the Host...made a mockery of the Sacraments...and worst of all preying on innocent victims..That is a very hard stuff to swallow.. and to forgive or forget..

Gina de los Rios, Southbury,Ct.


Cardinal Law's resignation means merely that he no longer will be the leader of the Boston Archdiocese. He remains a cardinal, not stripped of any of his priestly duties or benefits. Cardinal Law got himself into this terrible mess because he elected to be a good solider instead of a man with morals. This behavior suggests that he has no conscience, no heart, no compassion, and no decency, for example. The Pope, too, needs to resign because he instructed Cardinal Law and others who are/were similarly situated to protect the reputation of the Church at all costs, including condoning the horrendous behavior of priests such as Paul Shanley. This approach, rather than appropriately dealing with the horrendous crimes of Shanley and others like him, is what ruined the reputation of the Church.

Anonymous, Stoneham


It's about time. This should have happened a long time ago. He is a filthy, vile man and he needs to be in jail right now. If anyone else- a teacher, or a coach had done what he did, failing to report abuse they would be in jail right now. He had a duty, and now hundreds of children are irreparably damaged.

Liz


Resignation Indictment Excommunication One out of three ain't so bad. Let us pray, my brothers and sisters, that there just might be two out of three because we know it will NEVER be three out of three.

h r , miami, fl


fieldwrap@boston.com 12/13/2002 10:00 AM We want Barabas!" Sound familiar?????

J. I., Boston


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