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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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He'll probably be remembered as being apologetic for his "mistakes" and "shortcomings" .... which is entirely a bunch of barf. He only apologizes after he got caught allowing little boys and girls to be raped and abused for eons.....doesn't sound too sincere as far as I'm concerned nor is sincerity an issue here. The entire Catholic church is responsible and is doing nothing other than trying to gloss over their abuse of the masses to keep the status quo of their BUSINESS. How can Catholics continue to accept spiritual teaching and guidance from men who rape their little boys and then use their money to defend themselves??? Do they honestly think their message can be of value when only the evening prior they lewdly and criminally molested and sexually penetrated their little boy on the pew they now sit on? (<---that's what it REALLY is, not "mistakes" or "shortcomings", it's pure SIN (and last time I looked it was called an abomination to God....a bit different than a little shortcoming don't you think?) ...please start calling things what they are...) Now that's the question I'd like addressed.

ME, Gardner


It's about time! Unfortunately, there are plenty more of them who needs to be taken out of the leadership role of The Church! When it was reported that priest X was molesting children, Cardinal promised action, but did nothing. When asked about it 6 months later, he replied to go see his bishops for that was what they were here for... When it became news starting January, these church leaders first BLAMED THE GAY LIBERATION MOVEMENT and GAY PRIESTS. Then they had the nerve to blame the 6 year-old kids for being molested by known molesters, including the CHAPLAN OF North American Man-boy/Love Association or known as NAMbLA. Hey, last I remember, it were these church leaders and not the gay liberation movement WHO'S IN CHARGE of THE CHURCH! It's a no-brainer that 6 year old children can hardly be blamed. Cardinal Law who booted out Dignity, the gay Catholic group for using The Church building IS the very same Cardinal Law who promoted the Chaplan of NAMbLA back in the early/mid 1980's. The Cardinal Law who booted a nun for baptizing a 1 month old baby IS the very same Cardinal Law who kept a Sunday School teacher, Chris Reardon. What Cardinal and his fellow Cardinals have done IS SICKENING!!!!! It's a damn shame this scandal had to come to this, but I do pray that The Church and their parishioners can get their Church back to do what Jesus is expected. That's all and remember, God loves all of us and God really wants much better for his believers...

Willy, Framingham


It's about friggin' time. Now... what about the remaining accused? Let's go get 'em...

George, Needham


Time to bring on the criminal charges. Law belongs in Cedar Junction.

captfb, boston


Now put him in jail along with the rest of the law breaking priests.

Rob, Suffield, CT


Although it is a sad day when something like this is necessary, it is a wonderful day for the Church in Boston as it can now begin the process of healing that Law prevented by his actions and management. This resignation is long overdue. What a sad end to Law's once promissing career. In the end, his lack of courage did him in.

Joe, East Falmouth, MA 02536


It's a step in the right direction. He doesn't need our forgiveness, there is a higher being he will have to deal with. This has damaged the church greatly and will take generations to repair.

John, Chicopee


This man does not understand the difference between right and wrong in it's lowest most basic form. NO SYMPATHY!

Mark, Middleboro


The Cardinal's departure opens the way for honest and clear dealings with both that which is known and that which will still come to light about the abusers and the institutional church's cover up. Healing is personal, most will begin now to heal and return to the Church. Some will not, their return - or lack of - is not tied to a man resigning his position. They are not ready or wanting to heal. Some thrive living the role of victim. Look at the father who constantly says his son's life is ruined. It is the father who is doing it to his son. The abuse is horrible. But as humans we are resiliant and can heal. That man is abusing his son in a different - but no less sick way - for his own financial gain. People who lived years in concentration camps at the hands of the Nazis survived and thrived. But they wanted to survive. Let's pray that the victims of clergy abuse want to survive too.

D Krueger, Winthrop


When Rome does away with mandated celibacy, many of these problems will diminish. Really, are we foolish enough to think that Rabbis and Protesant Ministers are are less holy and good because they may marry?

Rose


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