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April 23
Editorial: Room for BC

March 6
Op-Ed: Give laity role in church
Op-Ed: ...but they have one

February 28, 2004
Editorial: Toll of church abuse

January 9, 2004
Editorial: Keeping faith

December 29
Editorial: When churches close

December 14
Essay: A new passing

December 6
Editorial: A humbler church

November 4
Vennochi: The blame game

September 27
Op-Ed: O'Malley needs support

September 22
Walker: Children must be first

September 10
Editorial: Serious settlement

September 7
McNamara: A back-page death

September 5
McGrory: Gov. can do better

August 29
Op-Ed: Geoghan's 'innocence'

August 25
Editorial: One more victim

August 12
Editorial: O'Malley's gesture

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Opinion

     As the sexual abuse scandal unfolded, the Globe's editorial board and columnists weighed in with their perspectives. The writers, many Catholics themselves, reflected public sentiment on the scandal, alternately expressing sorrow, anger, and frustration. In April 2002, the Globe's editorial board, which had resisted the rising call for Cardinal Bernard F. Law's resignation, expressed its final loss of faith in the cardinal after the release of damaging documents in the Rev. Paul Shanley case.

     After the cardinal resigned Dec. 13, 2002, the Globe editorial board said his departure was "a sad but necessary end to one chapter in the sex abuse scandal that has roiled the church and its community."

     The Globe has also been a forum for public discussion, as prominent Bostonians, politicians, scholars, and priests have turned to the Op-Ed page to voice their opinions on the scandal. In addition, the Globe ombudsman has weighed in periodically with critiques of the paper's extensive coverage of the abuse crisis.

See the story list to the left for the latest Globe opinion pieces on the scandal.


On April 10, 2002, a Globe editorial called for Cardinal Bernard F. Law to resign.


Eight months later, on Dec. 14, the Globe reacted to Law's departure.


Message boards
DECEMBER 13, 2002
Readers' thoughts on the cardinal's resignation

DECEMBER 5, 2002
Readers' thoughts on the burgeoning church scandal

APRIL 10, 2002
What steps should the church take to address the scandal?

JANUARY 26, 2002
Are you satisfied with Cardinal Law's response to the scandal?

Globe / WBZ-TV Polls
Poll results APRIL 17, 2002
65 percent of Boston-area Catholics want Law to resign

FEBRUARY 10, 2002
Catholics say church should ordain women and noncelibate men

FEBRUARY 8, 2002
48 percent of Boston-area Catholics want Law to resign


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