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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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Thas been a long time coming - it should have happened much earlier than this. The better question at this point is, what happens now that he's no longer in charge? He should be tried as any other citizen would be for aiding and abetting all that has gone on for the last 35 years. It will be hard for us Catholics to move on from this without any just resolution to what has occurred. He should pay, just as every other priest should for what they have done.

TM, Medford

He is a criminal. I think hiding behind religeon is horrible. He should be held reponsible and face a jury and see if they will forgive him. I think not.

DH, Grafton

It is about time. If he were the president of any company and knew that his managers were sexually harassing the staff, he would have been in prison a long time ago. HE IS GETTING OFF VERY EASY.

Mike, Chelmsford

Finally, a real first step. Now perhaps the Catholic Church can begin addressing the REAL problems it has. For the victims, our hope that this will allow you to begin your road to recovery.

Kelly, Boston

I am a 56 year old former Catholic. I truly believe this is only the tip of the iceberg with regards to Laws resignation. and the Catholic churchs troubles. There are many thousands more stories of sexual abuse of children by priests around the world. I find it hard to believe that the Boston Archdiocese was at the core of sexual abuse of childern by priests. These stories will be surfacing in the next few months with more and more victims coming forward. I am proud of being a New Englander. And I would be prouder still if we New Englanders would be the main catalist in completely taking down the entire Roman Catholic Empire of Evil.

Rich, Hampstead, NH

As Lord Acton said in the beginning of the 20th century, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely". The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has been viewed as untouchable for so long,that it was inevitable that the walls would come tumbling down at some point. May God have mercy on Cardinal Law.

Jane M. , Atlanta, GA

This situation did not begin with Cardinal Law.It went as far back as Cardinal O'Connel, What Each Cardinal in Boston is guilty of is sweeping the dirt under the rug so to speak. Cardinal Laws' Mistake's were very clear when he arrived in Boston 18 years ago. He Is a polical leader. Not a religous leader, He sheilded these MONSTERS with the church.One of these Monsters happened to be at my grammer school (Fr.Shanley) I was not harmmed bt him I was lucky. Cardinal Law took to long to step down down. Vanity is a powerful thing. I was under the impression that one of your sacraments was humility. Cardinal Law As far as I am Concerned If I could find a way for you to be brought up on charges for each count or rape of minor I would. Just for your lies and silence, you are just as guilty as the these so called preist.

Gerry, Brighton

Let's have a little compassion for this man. He displayed the "ostrich" syndrome to the hilt. Clearly, he was uncomfortable with sexual issues of any kind and who can blame him. He has been a celibate all his life coming from a religious tradition that until recently looked upon sex as a necessary evil. It was his tragedy that he had to face (and failed in not facing) a particularly heinous, indeed criminal, manifestation of sexuality--molestation of children. His response--denial, denial, denial. People who want to put Cardinal Law in jail are cut out of the same cloth as those much earlier Mass. residents who burned the witches. It does no good to flaunt moral indignation, if you have no compassion or sense of forgiveness.

John , New Orleans

I think that Law was wrong for denying and covering up all these years but it isn't just him doing this. He just got caught. I am sure there are other bishops out there doing the same thing and probably with the blessing of the Pope. Someone else posted that is it sad to see him in such a humble state and I agree. But I also think that the church itself needs a total reconstruction. Let these priests be married. Change the regiment. Pastors and ministers in other religions/churches are married. It is the Catholic religion that needs to change.

DAV, Braintree

I think this problem is much deeper than Cardinal Law. People are saying it is about time he resigned. What they don't realize is that he did offer hsi resignation in April and the Pope rejected it. Only the Pope can accept a resignation request. I think this whole problem starts with the Vatican. Law did what he did based on the directives from the Vatican. If these men had been kicked out of the church there would have been a major shortage of priests. The Vatican realized this and asked their Archbishops to deal with these issues discreetly and essentially sweep the problems under the rug. Lets not forget that these problems did not start with Law, they existed under Medeiros as well. Law inherited these situations. I'm in no way saying that Law has no responsibility in this. He had an opportunity to correct a long going problem, but instead he let it fester and children continued to be abused. There's no excuse for that. But the blame starts at the top and that is the Pope and the Vatican leaders.

Jerry, Rockland

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