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MESSAGE BOARD / Dec. 5, 2002

In recent weeks, a contrite Cardinal Bernard Law has made emotional apologies for his handling of abusive priests and met with members of a lay Catholic group he had previously shunned. But archdiocesan personnel files released this week have exposed glaring new instances of church negligence and provided more evidence that Law knew of abuse allegations against priests who were allowed to remain on active church duty for years. Facing an estimated 450 abuse claims, the archdiocese may declare bankruptcy. In light of this week's revelations, what are your feelings on the church crisis? Has Law lost the moral authority to lead the archdiocese? Where must Boston Catholics look for leadership? And what should be done to address the church's financial crisis?

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I have been a Christian for 69 yrs. For what the church has preached all these years. About sex before marriage, having children and not being married and those things that according to the church were so BAD. I have nothing against Gay People". But the ones that use "Children" should not be. Doing it in any religious way is against anything that is taught to all religions. Law should difinitly step down and hide his head in shame. I am ashamed of what has been going on.

Pat, Wilmington, MA

The Catholic Corporation does not care about its faithful. That's pretty clear at this point. It cares about the Almighty Dollar. That the church is now feigning bankruptcy to skirt their responsibilities is revolting.

Ryan , Brighton

I am having real heartache over this issue, I grew up knowing three of the accused priests and always saw them as figures of authority who were performing God's work here on Earth. I am a practicing Catholic, and am raising my daughter as such. I believe in the tenets of the Church, but not in it's leadership. Cardinal Law should be mortified, embarassed and ashamed at his allowing these disgraceful individuals attend to the needs of good, moral Catholics. He should resign immediately and hide his face in shame in a retreat somewhere remote. To be fair, Cardinals Medieros and Cushing had a role in this, as did their assistants in the Chancery, shame on them!

Susan, Milton

The VOTF and the Globe do not represent most Catholics - real Catholics. The VOTF is a wolf in sheep clothing propped up by anti-Catholic media and the Globe is irrelevant to Catholicism as it is anti-Catholic. Real Catholics do not take the Globe seriously - it's an anti-Catholic newspaper. Us real Catholics are just waiting for soemthig nreal to happen from Church hierarchy. A resignation or two will not solve this problem, it's deeper than that, it's about sexual immorality allowed into the priesthood, when the Chrich gets rid of that root cause over time, then we'll have freedom from this. The Globe has missed the story...becuase it doesn't understand, rather it despises the Catholic Church.

J Johnson, Newton, MA

First of crisis in the Catholic church? PLEASE! They have so much money they could buy and sell the United States!!! I have heard enough of their whining, they owe these victims and they are too greedy to pay. They're not financially bankrupt but they certainly are MORALLY BANKRUPT! Catholics need to look to themselves for leadership and get rid of these priests, bishops, cardinals who continue their immoral ways. Do I believe in an "Eye for an eye" bet! These people have run rampant over the Catholic laity for years and years and now they are being taken to task and don't like it. as for Law, refuse to call him Cardinal, he does not deserve the title......he is an evil individual who is only out for his own gratification. He does not belong anywhere near the church or its people. I am not nor have I ever been a member of the Catholic church but have nieces/nephews who are. If I EVER found out that any one of them had been touched by a priest, bishop, cardinal (lower case on purpose) I would strangle the individual w/ my bare hands! These individuals are scum and should be treated as such.

M. Stanton, Easton, MA

Law should have resigned last January...the situation in the Catholic Church has reached titantic proportions. Even the Diocese of Arlington in which we find ourselves is embroiled in situations that come close to that of Boston in many ways...there are coverups under the guise of Canon can hide for only so we have homosexuality, pornography, stealing and unlawful marriage of clergy to add to the overwhelming burden placed upon the Catholic Church....

J.P.Edwards, springfield, va

Cardinal Law is already spiritually and morally bankrupt. Filing for financial bankruptcy will do nothing to re-establish his moral credibility. He must resign immediately!

Cathy Bern, Albany, NY

My upset is beyond words. How could we trust the priests again? How could we trust any body? The church is supposed to be a safe haven. For some people, the church is the only place they can hang on to. In this case, Cardinal Law should bear the responsibilities, he should apologize and resign. And the Catholics should stand up and make the reform of their CHURCH. The cancer has to be destroyed and wiped out.

BC, Southboro

Law and anyone else in the Church that committed or knew about these horrific abuses should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These are the worst kind of criminal, preying on the very people that come to them for help & spiritual guidance. I am disgusted by the fact that apologies and immediate action were not forthcoming the second the first abusive situation came to light. Of course the second the church coffers began to suffer, we are seeing a new contrite side of the church and Law.

Paul, Walpole MA

As I said here a YEAR go.....LAW MUST RESIGN. The facts are getting worse..the paper trail longer...the issue isnt going away.. I cant believe this guy still hass support..STOP giving at the Sunday collections and see how long this so called "leader" will hold on.

Bill, Waltham

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