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?
I know this is the first step towards the healing of the vicitms. But, why is money necessary? I can't imagine going thru what they have BUT I also can't imagine money making it better??
I had this man's number back in the 80's, with the Father Porter case, in which Cardinal Law condemned the jounalists who broke the case with "the wrath of God". It was clear that this man had the morals of a snake, and would stop at nothing to protect his fiefdom and his skin. It is so sad that the Church, and its followers, did nothing to prevent further abuses. How unsurprising that he is begging forgiveness only when he is finally cornered! So what will the Church do to prevent this from happening again? It's time to take some lessons from our constitution and introduce some checks and balances into the institution. I'm voting with my feet and getting as far as I can away from this dysfunctional religion.
I am glad he finally stepped down. But had the parents of the people that had been abused spoken up earlier rather than taking the money and running a whole lot of abuse could have been stopped.
I couldn't agree more with w.b. of Boston. Attorney General Reily the balls in your court, Get him and his cronies and show them the inside of Cedar Junction.
JLD , Sudbury, Ma
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Now the healing can and must start.
Karen, Bronx, NY
i feel sorry for all the people that have suffered. i feel for any kids that were abused, the majority of priests that did the right thing, but have a stigma against them, the gay citizens that are being blamed, and the fact that the catholic charities ,that does a lot of good for all people , has less contributions since this issue was focused in the media. it seems that all the blame is on the shoulders of cardinal law. many people should have been aware of this problem and probably were. they are just as much at fault , but they will only point to cardinal law. i think cardinal law today, whiches he did the right thing.
rich , west roxbury
To "New Catholic" : Of course I didn't mean this characterizes all Catholics! Not at all! But I think Catholics don't need that pompeous arrogant "church" to practise their faith!
Hopefully Law's resignation won't smooth over the fact that he enabled these didlers to molest and destroy childrens lives. What was the reason behind him doing this? Was it because he wanted to protect the church or is he hiding something else? Why is Shanley being treated with kid gloves? Who paid his bail? What does he have on Bernard Law? Keep up the pressure!!! Don't let this issue go away!!!!