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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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I hope this is the beginning of a much wider investigation into the behavior of Catholic clergy worldwide. I don't believe that Boston is unique in this regard. I praise the victims for having the courage to take on the Church and re-live once again the horrors that plagued them in the past. It took a great deal of courage and I hope it encourages others to do the same.

Eric, ipswich

It's about time he resigns. Now he should be indicted for what he has done.

Kristen, Boston

People who make bad management decision at this level of authority should resign, be ousted, or be fired. This guy has been making bad management decisions for as long as he has had the position. I hope the catholic church is able to find some good managers to deal with people problems in the 21st century.

Clare, Winchester

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The Church needs to come into the 21st Century. Allow priest to marry and ordain women. As a former Catholic from New England I know many priest who have many secrets about their personal lives. I believe we are going to see more resignations in the future. It is time for the Pope to retire and replace him with someone who is truly concerned about the faithful. He is a big part of the problem.

Jerry, Phoenix, AZ

This country has a real greed problem. A lady burns her lip with coffee and receives millions in retribution. Families associated with 9/11 victims are swamped with donated money. Sports players earn unbelieveable salaries. And now, grown individuals require millions in order to heal incidents that occurred while adolescents. Little wonder that third world countries despise us.

fred, southbridge

As a Protestant Christian I am reminded that the root word of our Faith Tradition is PROTEST! Our founder Martin Luther protested against the Catholic church several hundred years ago for the way the leaders of the church treated it's faithful. Unfortunately the Catholic Church pretty much remains unchanged today. They are a legalistic institution that protects its own instead of helping people find a personal relationship with God. I feel bad for all those Catholics who feel trapped in thier religion and who yearn for something more than rules and regulations as a way to understand God's grace and follow the faulty and recently illegal activities of the priesthood.

Dave, Boston

I would like to recommed to a people an essay by Harvard professor/minister Peter Gomes on the resignation of Cardinal Law and Advent.

Michael, Cambridge

May God bless His Eminence, for he too (like us) is human. Certainly we are ALL in need of healing and reconciliation during this time. Let us pray for him during this most difficult time in his life.

Paul M., Braintree, studying in Princeton, NJ

William Bluger was not jailed for refusing to turn in his criminal brother who was reponsible for murdering. Why should anyone think the Cardinal should do jail time for refusing to turn in his employees.

ken dempsey, phoenix

I feel a deep sense of sadness at this time for what I know is a great, great man. Like the rest of us, he is human, and made some very serious mistakes. Human beings are not simple things. They are very, very complicated. Cardinal Law was brought up in days in which these things were ignorred, and not discussed in open conversation. I believe that abuse at the hands of clergy, sexual and otherwise, has been happening for hundreds of years. The "hush-hush" approach of years ago has been rightfully discarded, and in fact, it is time to move on. To those who his actions have hurt, I pray for you. For him, I also pray. As he has certainly been recognized for his failings (and will continue to be, perhaps even om a criminal sense), I only ask that at some level, we, the Catholics of Boston, recognize him for his wonderful achievements for his religion and his country. Taken will all of his faults, he is still a great man, and was our religious leader for a long time.

Patrick, Peabody

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