Back to Boston.com homepage Arts | Entertainment Boston Globe Online Cars.com BostonWorks Real Estate Boston.com Sports digitalMass Travel The Boston Globe Spotlight Investigation Boston.com Abuse in the Catholic Church
HomePredator priestsScandal and coverupThe victimsThe financial costOpinion
Cardinal Law and the laityThe church's responseThe clergyInvestigations and lawsuits
Interactive2002 scandal overviewParish mapExtrasArchivesDocumentsAbout this site
2014 update

Crux, a Catholic news site

A new site from the Boston Globe includes news updates on clergy abuse and other Catholic issues.
 Latest coverage

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

Earlier stories

Spotlight Report

Following is a list of older opinion pieces on the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church. More recent pieces are listed in the column to the left.

August 3
Editorial: Archbishop's actions

August 1
Lehigh: Regaining the trust

July 30
McNamara: An old viewpoint
Editorial: A new direction

July 28
Walker: My advice for O'Malley

July 24
Walker: No charges; lots to fault
Editorial: A church chastised

July 23
McNamara: AG not to blame

July 22
Op-Ed: A need to make peace

July 10
Vennochi: Is change enough?
Walker: Another O'Malley job

July 2
McNamara: Legacy of love
Editorial: Boston's new bishop
Editorial: Rebuilding the church

July 1
McGrory: A time for boldness

June 28
Op-Ed: Questions for bishops

June 20
Dionne Jr: After Keating's exit

June 16
Editorial: A choice for bishops

May 31
Editorial: Monitors in church

May 16
Editorial: Priest achievements

April 15
Vennochi: Church won't listen

April 9
McNamara: Tactics suit guilty

April 2
Editorial: Loss for archdiocese

March 9
McNamara: Changed Catholic

January 26, 2003
McNamara: A matter of choice

January 15, 2003
McNamara: Fault not only Law's
December 25
McNamara: Spirit of Christmas

December 22
McNamara: A rift widens
Op-Ed: Law's Cuban 'miracle'

December 20
McGrory: Church's kinder face

December 19
Walker: Advice from a victim
Editorial: Bishop Lennon's role
Op-Ed: Restoring harmony

December 18
McNamara: Cardinal's silence

December 17
Carroll: Sadness of a Catholic
Op-Ed: Foundation for change

December 16
Walker: Skepticism and prayer

December 15
McNamara: Facing new reality
Vennochi: A painful journey

December 14
Editorial: Cardinal's departure
Op-Ed: Law captain of his fall

December 13
McGrory: Let faith take course
Op-Ed: Advent and the cardinal

December 11
McNamara: Power of hindsight

December 10
Op-Ed: Affirming gay priests

December 8
McNamara: Priest fits the mold
Goodman: A new chapter in tale

December 6
Jackson: Bankrupt leadership

December 5
Walker: No excuses for Law
Editorial: Cardinal's duty

December 3
Editorial: A bankrupt church?

November 27
McNamara: Wrong sympathy

November 24
McNamara: Awaiting answers

November 20
Laity must take action to reform

November 13
McNamara: A higher authority
Editorial: The bishops' quandry

November 12
Vennochi: Time to choose
Carroll: Woman for our season

November 6
McNamara: The big picture

November 5
Vennochi: Cardinal's new leaf

October 22
Carroll: Defining 'bad Catholic'

October 19
Editorial: Vatican intervention

October 18
US Catholics need answers

October 6
McNamara: Reviewing lessons English: Bring democracy

October 4
Editorial: Catholic helping hand

September 24
Carroll: Escalator of change

September 23
Walker: Victimizing the victims

September 6
Lay group is not the church

September 4
Editorial: A false accusation

August 29
The faithful have to speak out

August 17
Editorial: The Cardinal's oath

August 16
McGrory: Just name your price

August 14
McNamara: Behind the curve

August 13
Vennocchi: Sinner vs. Sinner
Carroll: Church, foreign policy

August 10
Editorial: Church standards

August 8
Cardinal Law's $10m mistake

July 25
Editorial: The Cardinal's rebuff

July 24
McNamara: Politics of giving

July 16
Carroll: Let church reform begin

June 25
Vennochi: Still a churchwoman

June 23
McNamara: Suffer the children

June 19
Lehigh: BC leading the way

June 18
Dionne Jr.: Credibility gap

June 17
Unraveling myths about abuse

June 16
McNamara: Raping girls less evil?
Editorial: Partial response

June 14
Editorial: Restoring trust

June 11
Carroll: Letter to bishops
Dionne Jr.: Bishops can teach

June 8
Op-Ed: Uphill battle for reform

June 6
Vennochi: Lack of credibility

June 5
Editorial: An answer to abuse

June 4
Carroll: Reading for reform

May 29
McNamara: Catholic alternative

May 26
McNamara: Playing favorites

May 21
Editorial: Law's responsibility

May 20
Walker: Talking sense

May 19
Focus: Celibacy, women's ordination should be considered May 14
McGrory: Losing the last word
Carroll: Democracy in church

May 12
Oliphant: Not Law, but Law-ism

May 8
McNamara: Broken faith

May 6
Walker: Still out of touch

May 5
McNamara: Prelate's pretense

May 4
Neary: Church cleanses itself

May 3
Editorial: Bringing Shanley back

May 2
Beam: The Vatican's hubris

May 1
McNamara: No deference

April 29
Ombudsman: Is Globe biased?

April 28
Focus: Prevalence of male teenage victims in scandal points to other issues
McNamara: Troubles on step

April 27
McGrory: Church not penitent

April 25
Goodman: The celibacy issue
Editorial: The Vatican's voice

April 24
McNamara: A false issue
Lehigh: A changing of the guard
Bennett: Cardinal Law must go

April 22
Vennochi: Shifting the blame

April 22
Walker: Pope must take action
Young: False accusations
Editorial: Power to the laity

April 18
Jacoby: Criminal priests
Carroll: Boston's dinosaurs

April 17
McNamara: Rome not enough
Leahy: Gift of the priesthood
Carroll: Musts for cardinals

April 16
McGrory: A costly crisis
Editorial: The Vatican's role

April 15
Editorial: A balance on abuse

April 14
McNamara: Reclaiming church

April 13
Editorial: Law's choice

April 12
Lehigh: Healing the church

April 11
Vennochi: Facing questions
A forum for priests to reflect

April 10
Editorial: Losing faith in Law
Jackson: Law and disorder
McNamara: Obvious question

April 9
Editorial: A church betrayed
McGrory: Cardinal must go
Carroll: Celibacy to godliness

March 28
Op-Ed: Day of reflection for priests

March 27
McNamara: A troubling accusation

March 24
McNamara: They ignore the future

March 22
Editorial: The Pope's response

March 19
Op-Ed: Church can't heal with Law at the helm

March 18
Editorial: Catholic soul-searching

March 16
Op-Ed: Church and state's shared responsibility

March 13
Editorial: Antidote to abuse
McNamara: A nun's call for inclusion

March 12
Vennochi: An overeager clergy watchdog

March 11
Editorial: Bishops' challenge

March 10
Focus: Church's wound stays unhealed
Goodman: Powerful secrets cast dark shadows

March 8
Editorial: A bill against abuse

March 7
Walker: Facing up to trouble

March 6
Op-Ed: Sacrifice and celibacy

February 27
McNamara: Courts must end secrecy
Editorial: In the name of the victims

February 26
Carroll: Meltdown in the Catholic Church

February 24
McNamara: A justified sentence?

February 21
Vennochi: The boys can't fix this one for Cardinal Law
Editorial: The cardinal's test

February 13
Jackson: Archdiocese adds up as big business

February 12
Carroll: A human, humiliated church

February 10
English: Coping with the unexplainable

February 3
Goodman: Selling out the faithful
Bane: A challenge to lay Catholics
Focus: How many? How long?
Focus: Vatican stays detached

February 1
Bailey: Protecting the guilty
Jackson: Left to prey

January 29
Vennochi: Archbishop in name only

January 27
McNamara: Church ills run deep

January 25
McGrory: The apologies aren't enough
Editorial: Cardinal Law's response
Jackson: The kindest regards for an errant priest

January 22
Carroll: People of the church must take it back

January 18
Jackson: Why won't Law back disclosing past sex abuse?

January 16
Jackson: Law should resign

January 10
Adrian Walker: The cardinal as penitent
Editorial: Zero tolerance on abuse

January 9
Editorial: Shepherd and flock

January 8
Carroll: Victims victimized twice


© Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company
Advertise | Contact us | Privacy policy