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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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The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. LUKE 4:18 Thank you God for sending us Bishop Richard Lennon as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Boston. We all pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit upon him as he works to promote healing amoung all those who have suffered at the hands of abuse.

Fr Dan, Mass

I pray for everyone involved in this mess: victims, families, priests, and Cardinal Law. To heal, there needs to begin forgiveness. I, as part of the Church, beg for forgiveness for our failings as Church. It is easy to blame this Bishop or that priest or that nun, but when it gets right down to it, we are all the Church. As the Church tries to rebuild its trust and standing with the people of society, I hope and pray that those in the world could end the hateful statements thrown at the Church. It is counter-productive to the healing process. We are all in need of mercy and God's love--I know I am and so do others in the Church. Please don't throw stones at those who have sinned. Someday it may be you that people are spitting at or throwing stones at. Peace

David, Lawrence

It is about time Law resigned, the Pope should have accepted his resignation months ago. This is a man who turned his back on the people he was supposed to be serving in order to save his own butt. Now there are hundreds of men whose lives have been ruined. I hope you are happy Bernie.

Chris, Manchester, NH

It's about time! Unfortunately, he was only part of the problem since he decided to turn a blind eye to the situation. The problem remains that the Catholic church teaches unrealistic beliefs in that you will be healed and cured if you give yourself to God. The only way to be healed and cured is if you want to be. The only way to want to be healed is if you understand the repercussions of your actions. These priests did not because there were none.

Melissa, Milford

Law is unfortunately just one of the many guilty. God can forgive him, - if He doesn't really care about all those raped kids, - but we as a society shouldn't. I hope the Vatican is not going to make the huge mistake giving diplomatic immunity to this sickminded, arogant, irrisponsible criminal. That would be oil on fire again.

Johanna , Crofton, MD

Now it's time for our criminal justice system to file charges against Law & Company for running a criminal operation, and repeatedly lieing to State investigators. Its' clearly obvious that the secular world holds itself to a higher moral standard than the Catholic Church believes in. These "men of God" should be held accountable for their actions. As Jesus said, they must now " ... give unto Ceasar what is Ceasar's ..".

David, Waltham

Any person who would knowingly put children at risk of assault by perverted priests is as far as possible from the Jesus Christ I have been taught about and believe in as one could possibly be. There can be NO justification. He should be excommunicated immediately, and made to apologize face to face to every single victim of a priest he transferrred. He is a gutless egomaniac. As a former altar boy at the time alot of this was happening, I can only thank God I was not affected. Imagine that we were told that the priest was next to God--we were to respect him as we sould God. Imagine young teenager trying to cope with that. I don't know how this man can live wuth himself.

Paul, Hingham MA

I have read a lot of these messages today, and I am relieved to see that a majority of the respondents feel the same outrage. It is concerning, however, to see some of these messages that offer sympathy and support for Law and the church. While Cardinal Law has done numerous beneficial things for the church and for Boston, his legacy will be that of an enabler to child molesters. I am sorry, but any good he did is out the window. If we look back years from now and say that Cardinal Law was a good man, then shame on us. He can say he's sorry until he's blue in the face. The fact is cold and clear - he allowed children to be hurt. There is no excuse for that. For those who say he's a good man, wake up. Would you say the same thing if it was your child that was hurt by a priest Law supported? Shame on Cardinal Law, and shame on the Catholic Church.

Kevin, Boston

Its about time! He had no right to hide all those years of terror for these people, only to have more people be violated!! He must have thought he WAS GOD!! He also had no right to touch that robe let alone wear it! Shame on him keeping this a secret for so many years. He should have come for- ward along time ago and had these men taken away to be examined!! Those men were perverts and he hides them and ships them off to other churches!! A person with 1/2 a heart and a brain, would have had them reported to the authorities a LONG LONG time ago, so no one would get hurt. SHAME ON HIM!!

Deb L. , Chelseaa

This is from an article in the May 16, 2002 issue of National Review. It speaks for itself: Putting aside the media fixation with the Catholic Church it is important to point out, as the Christian Science Monitor recently did, that the majority of sexual-abuse allegations in America occur in Protestant churches. There are 3,500 sex-abuse allegations a year roughly 70 a week in Protestant churches according to the Christian Ministry Resource Survey. Remember, these are churches where married clergy and volunteers predominate. If the objective is to stop the abuse before us, and prohibit its happening again- the Protestant statistics prove marriage is no insurance policy. Since the victims in 98 percent of the alleged Catholic abuse cases were teenage boys, allowing priests to marry (women) seems a pointless solution. There is just no correlation between the offense and the corrective. It's a little like offering the alcoholic priest the deed to a dairy and calling him cured.

John, Medfiled

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