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?
It is about time, but I want to know is how much responsibility the Pope is going to take. We all know that for years Cardinal Law has been reporting back to him and was told to move the different priests around....so when does he apologize and when does HE step down. As for the rest of the culprits in this plot, your time will come too!
Patrick from Nahant, It is the arrogance that you and your cardinal have that brought you and your church to this point...I spit in your face
I'm glad that the cardinal resigned it's the only way faith will ever be restored in the church. The real winners here are the victims and their families who will hopefully now begin the process of healing, which has been long overdue. I also think he and all the other people who knew the abuse was going on and yet did nothing to stop it, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law there is no justifyable reason for these people who are in positions of power to abuse it and their superiors are willing to sweep it under the rug like it never happend is dispicable!! I hope that those who were abused will be able heal from this and move on.
the vitriol of these responses is remarkable given the time honored catholic teachings of forgiveness. while the anger is understandable, the venom here is not. physicians, heal thyselves.
Many of us survivors of clergy sexual abuse here in California have had you in the Boston archdiocese in our prayers this year. Some of us have carried the burden and results of our own abuses as we have heard about your own suffering. We know, of course, that your stories are also our stories and we stand with you. May we see changes in episcopal leadership in our dioceses where ever it is needed, starting with Boston. There's going to be challenges ahead and may we all help each other to be strong and courageous.
Robert E. Millick, Windsor, CA
I'm glad Law has resigned. He should have done it earlier. I hope that this issue will no longer be front page news. I'm sick of hearing about it. Lets move on.
Seth Magaw, Boston
Hey, Patrick O'Reilly of Nahant, why don't you save your spit and the rest of your disdain for Law and those supportive love letters he wrote to dangerous, criminally abusive priests? Brainwashed zombie catholics like you are the reason these twisted freaks have gotten away with this for so long.
Jerry , Brookline
email@example.com 12/13/2002 01:33 PM This cardinal had to go, for his good and the good of all the church. He was a failed shepherd, allowing predators to abuse his flock. But to compare him to Hitler, as some have done, to not take even passing note of what good this man did is to turn the teaching of Jesus Christ on its head. Christ condemned the sin, and forgave the penitent sinner up to the moment of his death on the cross. Bernard Law has left his post, and for the thousandth time apologized for his sins. When will the thirst of the vengeance-minded be slakened in Boston, allowing healing and new considerations for the ancient church to begin? I pray that it won't be long.
This is not a "Boston" problem - sexual abuse by the clergy happens all over the world. And it has for hundreds of years. This is not a Catholic problem - it happens whenever any individual or group abuses power. The Vatican was threatened by having to pay $$$ if the Boston Archdiocese went bankrupt - that's why we finally saw some action from the Pope. To the folks who are turning this into a gaybashing event, you are following in the steps of the Church by ignoring the women and girls who have been abused and harmed by the actions of some very sick people.
Mary Beth, Arlington
law gave up his ability to be a leader years ago when he didn't do anything about the wrongs then. he chose to worry more about "guiding" the churches and people as a "business" rather than the true meaning of faith. he let his "power" go to his head and thought only of protecting himself. he shouldn't ask forgiveness of the people, he should beg forgiveness from god.