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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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As I watched this morning "Breaking News" at 5:55 a.m. Cardinal Law resignation accepted by the Pope, my stomach turned. Yes, Cardinal Law made several hundered mistakes. Who doesn't! We all as religous worshipers make mistakes. Some may not be a public as the Cardinals but we all do. If you take a step back at your own lives and reflect we all need to support each other and the Cardinal. I think that one of our country's best Cardinals has stepped aside it's tragic. Some may disagree with me and I don't care. Cardinal Law has been there for us and I will support him past, present and future. May sincere thanks and gratitude to Cardinal Law. You are in mine and my families prayers.

George, Brockton

He should be in handcuffs. Aiding and abetting criminal activity..he knowingly put kids in those beasts hands.

beth, dudley

I have yet to hear the word shame in any statements released by the church. Why are the Cardinals and Bishops not ashamed of the way they covered up this abuse? Until thet admit to shame any apology is in the context of the trouble they are now in.

Kathleen, Easton

We need to have a less narrow focus....the actions of Cardinal Law and of those priests (accused as yet or not) should not be viewed as problems of the Catholic Church or of any church...these are problems of humanity. It's sad that we need to create laws requiring people to report suspected child abuse....why are we not more outraged by the lack of moral behavior on the parts of the individuals who committed the abuse (the priests), those who supported their behavior (thier superiors), and those who have not acted quickly enough to enact change (our civic and government leaders). This isn't a shame for just the Catholic Church or Boston's a shame for all of us........kind of makes you embarrased to be part of the human race.

christine, malden

The resignation of law is just the first step. Law proved to be nothing more than a corrupt, mortal man, who lied, deceived, and cheated children of their lives. He is a fraud and I sincerely hope he rots in hell. I am a disgusted catholic in the top 1% of wage earners and my wife and I have not given one penny to the church! I have also refused to go to Mass and am not sure I will go back anytime soon until they earn my trust again. The last time I was at Mass was this Spring and our parish priest scolded us for believeing everything we read in the press and that this was a witch hunt. He stated Law had personally told him that he only knew about 6 priest involved in scandal and he had no reason to not believe that. Sad and pathetic.

Anonymous North Shore, North Shore MA

Well, I'm happy that now Cardinal Above the Law is finally out, but how sad is it that the Pope would only let him do the right thing after they noticed donations are down 40%. This is not, and has never been about doing the right thing. This is all about money and power. Rank and file Catholics who can still call themselves a part of that Church ought to be ashamed of themselves. A bankrupt diocese? What about Rome, or is our church just a franchise of some sort under the corporate umbrella of the Vatican??? Pathetic. Now that's a sin for you.

Joe, Billerica

This is too late for him to act. The Catholic Church tolerated such acts for so many years. One has to wonder "Is this part of Catholic Church unwritten tradition that was allowed to continue for many many centuries?" Although it is unfair to blame all the Catholic priets, I am sure most of them know the truths for long long time. It is a shame that no one have stood up to tell the truth.

Vincent, Chestnut Hill

Sadly, Cardinal Law is like the pharisees our Lord Jesus Christ warned us about in the Holy Scriptures. "Beware the yeast of the Pharisees, because they are hypocrites. Everything that is hidden will be shown, and everything that is secret will be made known." Luke 12:1-2. Law's apologized and truly repentant, thus, we should forgive and pray for him. Most importantly, let's pray for true holy leadership in the Boston Archdiocese from this day forward.

Ferilen , Onset, MA

Remember in the 80's when there were lots of "ritual abuse" victims coming forward? And many said they had been raped by priests? And no one believed them or interviewed them except for Oprah and late night talk shows? Now we find out that in Boston alone, there are over 450 victims of the Catholic church. I'm sure there are more who don't have families or "proof" to back them up. The heinous acts committed were NOT just pedophilia. They were also acts which tried to separate children from a sense God, religion, love and safety. It is *the* worst kind of abuse that a soul can live. The Cardinal should spend the rest of his working days making restitutions.

janet, hanover, nh

He's RESIGNING?!?!?! He should be in JAIL!!!!

Jim, Burlington

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