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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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The resignation was necessary and it should have taken place four or five months ago. I do think the authorities should look into the Cardinals recent activities. For any attempt to mislead the courts and any involvement in a cover up he should be held accountable. I do not beleive that it was his intention from the start to mislead or cover up. I cannot imagine any punishment that the courts could impose that would be worse than what he is going through now. If we focus on the punishment and prosecution of the Ex-Cardinal we are wasting valueble time that we should be spending on healing. He is in my prayers as are all the victims.

Jim, Manteca, Ca.

My heart truly goes out to those who have suffered for so long... may the peace of God guard your hearts and minds in Christ. May His love shine down on you and keep you always to the end of your days.... What his Emminence failed to do was a sin. Yet I remain convinced of his moral character. He is a man of convictions; embattled, yes; sinful, yes; but also a man of God who seeks to do the Lord's will. For years he has been a faithful father to Boston Catholics. The argument may be that fathers do not allow their children be made victims. Granted. Such are his failures for which we have suffered and for which he also, I assure you, suffers. None of us are any better-- not one. We are all haters, liars, lusters, adulterers and murderers who once in a while rise above our sinful nature, by God's grace, to show something akin to love. Where we fail to do love and where we hurt one another, Christ makes up for the difference: it is the same God who weeps bitterly with the victims who now comforts Cardinal Law and holds him close with a father's jealous love. And this is where we have a choice: will we run to this Jesus who loves so much both sinner and victim, or is this love too much to handle? This condition of sin, we are all in it together. We don't just do it, we live in it; and all of us suffer its pain. And all we can do is love one another with a strong love. I ask that we all, in so much as we are able, not only forgive, but also love Cardinal law, as one sinner to another. And may that same love of God hold you and us close always.

Steve, Quincy

Nothing will satisfy the victims.

Nancee, Wilmington, MA

all of these people that are responding to law with a "god bless you" have got to be kidding me... what does that even mean at this point? In my opinion the catholic church has only confirmed what I have believed all along-that they have successfully created one of the largest scams in the history of the planet. The fact that so many people are still willing to ask God to bless this man is not only truly frightening but also, a great example of how well their fraud has worked. they should change their name from the catholic church to the charlatan church!

vanessa, boston

This is only the first step in a renewed church. Because of the Boston Globe coverage of the released church records, Bostonians saw the details of the abuse and coverup. Other dioceses have not released details and do not face the indepth news coverage. Their offenses may be just as bad, and still hidden.

Mary, Springfield, MO

This is just the first step, He (Law) should've resigned last spring ... I hope no one believes this should be the end. I hope AG Reilly finds Law and other Bishops guilty of a criminal offense and locks them up. The Vatican should take some culpability in this as well. The so called "holy father" isn't so holy if he wants to allow a know pedophile priest remain in a parish if it doesn't result in scandal. According to a letter he sent to the Archdiocese of Boston in 1999, this was what he had stated. Frome the top down this church needs an overhaul and those negligent should be held fully responsible. This is just a small step taken in what is a far reaching problem.

Matt, Boston

Lou33..... "children in Boston are safe again"? Are you high? (...or a priest yourself?) The guy who knew, allowed and even made opportunities for child molesters and rapists to further commit crimes against children lost his job...That's it. He lost his job, just like tens of thousands of other people over the past year (no one is sobbing over them nor sugar coating their criminal activities btw). The child molesters are still out there and even MORE horrific stories are coming out TODAY many are still out there today and you think it's safe just because Law lost his job? LOL!!!! whatever dude...the ingrate losing his job is only the extremely belated first scrape of the iceberg in exposing and administering justice to the power rapist club that obviously has YOU still under its control. Shame on you Lou. Your ignorance is anything but bliss.

ME, Gardner

New Orleans, another of the country's largest archdioceses, likely will be next. Hughes appears to have played a role in the cover-up as well. Seems to run in the family - - a family, it appears, which takes advantage of its tax-free status yet apparently feels is does not have to abide by the law.

Jim L, New Orleans

HURRAY! Took long enough. He is as much as a pervert as all the other's. He should be in jail for letting this go on. I hope he rotts. I am ashamed to be catholic.

Melissa, Boston MA

My brother was molested by the Brother who was in charge of the Hockey team in Montreal around 1945 it was a huge secret no oneto help him he became very unstable and committed suicide, I have decided to stay away from the church and I refuse to call myself a Catholic, all because of people like you Cardinal Law, shame on you have to go to jail, stop playing games with our lives.

huguette , Santa Barbara Ca.

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