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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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Resignation is a good step. Have no illusions, to do the right thing will be painful. The church must settle with victims regardless of consequences to itself, making no effort to preserve its finances at the expense of victims. Even if it be reduced to holding services in homes and parks. And, the church must do nothing to obstruct legal prosecution of its employees, but must answer honestly and fully every question put to it before depositions, grand juries, and trial juries. The church must not protect either its property or its employees, at the expense of victims of these heinous crimes.

Charles, Lafayette CA

I sincerely hope that Cardinal Law's resignation is not in vain. This is a time for all Catholics to begin again to build the trust that we all once shared. It will never be the same, but perhaps in some way, stronger and better. God help us all!

Kitty, St. Louis, Mo.

If there were so many priests molesting young people, how many of the non-molesters knew about it and chose to take no action with the authorities, or the families of those abused? Some priests reported abuse to the cardinal...and when he didn't do anything or shuffled the abuser along to his next location, why didn't the priest with the information do what was right - and go to the authorities? It's a lot deeper than the cardinal and all of us should be wondering how many of the priests we know chose to be quiet, in order to be obedient to the cardinal. Something this wide-spread is known throughout the organization and everyone was so quiet. How do they all sleep at night?

Meg, Boston

It's unfortunate that the church has become no more than just another political entity, as this, and countless other cases have shown. Clearly, the distinctions made between church and state are not so separate. Cardinal Law should have done the decent thing a long time ago and resigned. Who sets the moral high ground here? Certainly not the catholic church!

Mark , Providence, RI

I could not agree with Theresa from Marlboro more. Certainly we feel sorry for the Ford family but please...this guy (the father) is looking for an oscar. The media plays to him and vice versa. I also think that the character in Lynn that is always looking for TV face time is looking for a best supporting nomination.

View from afar, Peabody

This is not enough . He has ruined so much for so many. He is a very very sick man.


It is a disgrace that anyone could let this go on for this long. Bernard Law deserves the same punishment (if not more) for allowing this to happen. He abused his authority and allowed children to be abused and raped from town to town. These victims will continue to suffer for the rest of their lives...and he should feel the same pain! How is he different from a principal of a school, or a ceo of a company? HE's NOT! I do not consider him a spiritual leader, I consider him a hypocrite or a ‘pimp’ (whichever…). It is unfortunate for any of the ‘good’ priests that are still out there. It just disturbs me to believe that most of them probably knew that this was happening all along (and no one said anything).

Dan, Boston

It's about time. If he were a school principal shuttling teachers that molested children from place to place he would have been in jail by now... He sickens me and should be prosecuted.

Heidi, Somerville

No sympathy for Law...He believes himself and the church do not answer to civil justice. Living in obscene luxury in his palace..has hidden wealth and cares not for the innocent children of the world who have been abused for hundreds of years by gay priests. This is only the beginning ... The pope is as wrong as the cardinals.

James CityTown Vancouver,BC

Let's hope that Law walks not alone, but as the leader of a parade of similar, outrageously negligent bishops.

Brenda, Glendale

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