January 25, 2004
January 4, 2004
Statement by Nancy S. Taylor, minister president of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
Cardinal Law's resignation will be the real beginning of the long road to healing that faces so many, inside and outside the Roman Catholic Church.
The pain and tragedy experienced this last year by so many Catholics - and the excruciating, hidden pain experienced by victims for far too long - does not belong to Catholics alone. The entire Christian church - Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic - has experienced shame and betrayal of persons placed in positions of privilege and power.
It is overdue that the Christian church, in all its settings and forms, devote itself to honesty before God and each other, to tough love, reconciliation, heart-felt confession, and the hard work of healing.
I pray for the victims of clergy abuse - Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox. I pray for a healing of the great wound across Massachusetts.