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Cardinal Bernard Law resigns

Facing mounting outrage from Boston-area Catholics and clergy over the priest sexual abuse crisis, Cardinal Bernard Law announced today that he would resign as head of the Boston Archdiocese after 18 years in the post. Share your thoughts on the cardinal's resignation and his career in Boston. How will he be remembered? What effect will his departure have? And what comes next for the archdiocese?

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This is only the beginning. Please have no pity for this man who harbored criminals for years and years. Now the criminal proceedings MUST start. Funny how he's resigned as Cardinal, but he remains an archbishop and a priest in the church. Why didn't the Pope excommunicate him on the spot when he resigned?

Linda, Boston

To all anti-abortionist (expecially catholics), please remember it is not enough to protest at women's clinics to protect the unborn, you must now protest at your catholic church, stand up and be counted, and continue to work as hard, if not harder, to protect children from people like bernard law. Which would you anti-abortionists rather have, a woman controling her own body, or having priests molest children? Think about it. Now that you have "saved" all those children from the surgeon, you must work to save them from the catholic church.

Denis, Malden MA

He should be in jail.

PJG, Hingham

Although this is a long time overdue, his resignation is not enough. Steps should be in place so that this type of abuse never happens again, and such an elaborate cover up will never ever be tolerated in the future. Tom Reilly should actively be pursuing ways to bring criminal charges against all those involved in the abuse and cover up. Protecting our children is our first priority. I am ashamed to be Catholic, and like many others here in the Commonwealth, will never regard the Catholic Church the same way EVER again.

Rachel, Boston

This is long overdue!! Great Job by the Globe staff to stay with this sordid story and to the Management not bowing to pressure from the Catholic Church to try and sweep this awful scandal under the rug.

Peter, Medford

So long Bernie. I'm from NY - Hopefully Daily will be the next to go.

Barbara, NY

As horrible as the molestations are, Cardinal Law`s actions were even worse. His arrogance and lack of compassion are to me unforgivable. You can at least say the priests have a sickness. When Law had that man arrested during his sermon he showed himself to be an arrogant,mean spirited man. I am thrilled he resigned, I just wish we could have seen him dragged from his residence in Brighton in handcuffs. How he can consider himself a man of god is beyond me. Hopefully now we will get a cardinal that will show the compassion that the victims deserve. I am sure that God will have something to say to Law when the time comes.

Bill, Cambridge

The fact that it took him this long to do makes the whole thing seem shallow and insignificant. Now we just need to throw him in jail. He is going to hide behind the Church, and it's probably going to work and that makes me sick. He is not an emissary of God, he is a man: a corrupted and fallen man who needs to pay for his actions.

Megan, Braintree

My guess is that the Catholic church will stop short of the only step that can be taken to substantially reduce the chances of this happening again: Allow priests to marry. If Catholics with 'out of the ordinary' sexual inclinations feel like they need 'celibacy' to keep them from following their feelings, they will inevitably be drawn toward the priesthood. If the priesthood is a place where married men and women can provide leadership for their congregations, and where gay men and women can do the same, the pedophiles will have to find some place else to go. Of course, we don't want them becoming school bus drivers either.

Scheffer, Needham

Cardinal Law should also be prosecuted criminally - once he leaves the U.S. he will never return and will be out of our reach. As usual with the Catholic church, it is too little too late; but we can hope the victims of this debacle receive some solace from this resignation.

Lauren, Dallas, TX

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