January 25, 2004
January 4, 2004
Your thoughts on Cardinal Law and the abuse scandal
Some have suggested that Cardinal Bernard Law should resign for his failure to remove former priest John Geoghan from contact with children years ago, when Law first learned of allegations that Geoghan was abusing boys. The cardinal has apologized for his inaction, but said he will not resign. We asked Boston.com users if they are satisfied with what Cardinal Law has said and done in the matter thus far, and if he should resign.
Cardinal Law is an embarrassment to all the Catholics in Massachusetts. Cardinal Law should immediately step down and beg the forgiveness of the lives he helped destroy. In my mind, he is just as guilty as John Geoghan in the molestation of all those children. He knew of the molestation and instead of protecting the innocent, he cared more about his “good ole boys club” and scandal becoming known. He doesn’t deserve to lead the Catholics of Massachusetts or anywhere else in this world. He should be more focused on what God will do to him when he sees him. It’s no wonder there are so many of us Catholics who have turned away from the religion we were brought up with.
He stands in front of abortion clinics and calls it murder, but turns a blind eye to pedophilia. He is an ego feeding, publicity seeking fraud. Shame on you Cardinal Law.
I am appalled that Cardinal Law has not resigned. It amazes me that the Catholic Church can lecture the world on morality, but can turn a blind eye when this kind of behavior exists in its own backyard.
I believe Cardinal Law should be removed from any position of authority IMMEDIATELY for such a betrayal of public trust.
He should be forgiven for his errors but he should definitely resign.
Every step taken by the Cardinal in this sordid, shameful affair was clearly designed as a PR move to minimize the extent of the problem and to shift blame elsewhere. Shame on him.
Law and his predecessors deliberately paid unqualified medical men to give them "cover" to reassign child molesters. Shame on them.
And we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women who've been hurt by priests. By coming forward, they are doing what bishops and monsignors and priests should have done long ago: they are taking real steps (not merely making symbolic gestures) to rid the church of perverts.
In any other position, Law would be tried and convicted of harboring criminal behavior. He partcipated in the destruction of countless young lives and their families. He needs to do more than resign. He needs to do the Christian thing, and leave. He can not serve anyone when he cannot protect them. He should be tried like anyone else.
I think this cleric should not only resign, I think he should be prosecuted.
He knowingly allowed and permitted a KNOWN pedophile to continue preying on young boys. If this had been a school principal or a Boy Scout leader, he would have been charged years ago.
But because he is a "religious leader", hiding under the cloak of his church, he thinks he is immune to the laws of our country and state. The miserable apology and stating he would report other pedophiles is nothing short than a cynical scheme to deflect the responsibility he has in this matter. This has been going on for decades, and he has had full knowledge of these criminal acts.
We should not allow this to stand! This is a criminal conspiracy and this man should stand trial as an accessory.
How many other "wayward" priests has Law protected, and by so doing, condoned their crimes? How many millions of dollars have been spent to sweep those crimes under the proverbial carpet? Where did these funds come from? Why are parochial schools being closed, social services to the poor dwindling, and older nuns sent begging for retirement and medical funds, while far priests are not only WELL CARED FOR, but their sins paid for by money innocently donated by faithful, naive parishoners, who are dumb enough to never require an accounting???
He is no better than the priest who committed the crime
Cardinal Law should resign. He hepled John Geoghan to continue to pray on innocent children for may years.