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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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Aided and abeted pedophelia: guilty. Jail time period.

J, Beverly


The scandal does not affect me personally, though I think he did what is best for those who were affected. I wish him good health and the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Jodi, Randolph


I am glad that he resigned .. let's move on. Let's also get the Ford parents off the air with their over dramatic rhetoric and rehearsed speeches! Mr. Ford especially sounds like a bad actor from a lifetime movie. I understand the pain ... (I was sexually and physically abused from ages 8 - 14)! But he is over the top .. trying to get on dateline I think!! He is exploiting his sons situation ... to the max!

Theresa, Marlboro


Good luck in Cedar Junction, Mr. Law.

Giovanni, Hamilton


As a victim, I would like to share my thoughts at this unprecedented news release, Cardinal Law Resigns." Although this day has been liberating in many ways, at times my heart wants to stop beating, I have to gasp for air in believing the Cardinals resignation has finally unfolded, it is long overdue! We (victims) thought we would carry this silence forever. For me it is the first step forward. My heart is hopeful that we are fully believed and embraced so that we can heal. I pray for Cardinal Law and I'm thankful for his willingness to resign. The pain has been unbearable and has lasted all these years. I was a youth of only 14 years.

Anonymous, Rockland


If the CEO or Chairman of any public or private company had done what we all knew Law did months ago they would have been led out of their office in handcuffs. Take off the robes and you are left with nothing more than a petty crook.

Peter, Boston


I think that Law should have resigned, it is time for that. The big question now is whether or not Law will return from Rome to face indictment. My guess is that he most likely will not.

Ben, Brighton


Bishop Lennon is called a compassionate person. He chose not to sign the letter calling for Law's resignation. He did not want to "kick someone when they were down ". However, sometimes it is more important stand up for what is right and necessary and not leave it up to others.

shirley, Quincy


Many will be happy that he has stepped down. It is the first step to picking up the pieces that have fallen. Next step will be to provide the victims (and lawyers) with cash which is evidently the way that suffering is healed in our materialistic world.

theresa, reading


it's all about intention - you think cardinal law had the expressed intention of harming more kids? These were priests - men who came to Law, repented, and "were absolved of their sins" and expected to move on. just like any other sinner. Absolved and trusted not to sin again. the world of the catholic church is not exempt from the legal system of crime and punishment, but taking out the boss for trusting his priests is just another example of "angry mob" mentality. you've all lost your focus and your perspective

ronson, san antonio


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