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March 23
Law's words frame new play

March 2
Wary Catholics return to church

January 25, 2004
Churches report attendance up

January 4, 2004
Dot parish struggles to survive

December 28
Hudson fill-in priest welcomed

December 12
Law prays daily for diocese

November 22
Assignment for Law expected

November 20
Policies on VOTF reconsidered

September 19
Crisis issues in church's future

September 18
Meeting ban at parish is lifted

August 4
O'Malley given warm welcome

August 1
Lawmakers see shades of gray

July 31
An angry protest, and prayers
Voices of protest and support
Three in crowd bound in hope
At BC, optimistic students watch

July 29
Lay group to engage O'Malley

July 24
Many outraged after AG's report

July 21
Law to skip bishop installation

July 18
O'Malley invites Law, victims

July 11
Bishops seek private opinions

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Spotlight Report

Statement by the Parish Leadership Forum

12/13/02

On this day of both sadness and hope, we offer our prayers for all of us who are members of the Catholic faith community in the Archdiocese of Boston. While we are encouraged by the prospect of new leadership in our Church, we regret that this situation has unfolded in such a tragic manner. We pray especially for the victims of sexual abuse, and we would like to express our hope that Cardinal Law's resignation can help us move forward in the healing process. We also pray for Cardinal Law in what must be an extremely difficult time for him.

We would like to congratulate Bishop Lennon on his appointment as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Boston. We stand ready to assist him in whatever ways we can as we move forward together with the mission of our local Church. We are praying for him, and we look forward to working with him to continue to strengthen our parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston. We hope that Bishop Lennon will be the unifying figure that this community needs, and that he will work with the laity and the clergy to effect parish renewal, to bring people back to their Church. We have been encouraged by his support for our activities in the past, and we are ready to work with him in the future. Through his guidance and support, we hope that our group can help bring parish leaders together to continue sharing ideas and discussing ways to strengthen parish life in our Archdiocese.

We hope and pray that each of us will have sufficient 'oil for our lamps,' that we will be prepared, for there is much work to do in the days ahead.



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