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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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He should prosecuted to the full extent of the law for all the horrible things he did.

Jordan, Boston 12/13/2002 02:34 PM Law should be criminally prosecuted, as should any other adult that recklessly endangers children and helps enable and shelter child rapists. With rape cases that number in the hundreds, if not thousands, I find it impossible to believe that rank and file parish priests are not aware of who the sick and criminal among them are and what they are doing. Until they find the courage to put the welfare of children and the teachings of Jesus before Rome and Lake Street they will remain shamed and unable to do God's work. Jesus was a revolutionary, not a company man.

Steve, Brighton

The root problem of priestly scandal in the Catholic Church--wherever it surfaces--traces to the inbred arrogance of the Catholic clergy, the "we know what's best for you" syndrome. The Church's increasingly centralized power, combined with isolation of most clergymen from the lives (and problems)of the laity, feeds this arrogance, illustrated for example by Pope John Paul II's refusal to allow open debate on clergy celibacy, artificial birth control, ordination of women, and other concerns within the worldwide Church.

Peter , St. Petersburg

The Catholic Church needs to get into the 21st century if it wants to keep its members. Protecting pedophiles, banning birth control, homosexuality, and premarital sex -- it's no wonder the Church is in such a shambles today.

Monica, Cambridge

There is one direct question that still begs to be asked, "Who in Rome was similarly aware of these priestly abuses and dictated policy on how they were to be handled?" If, in their positions, Cardinals have to answer to the Pope, how then is it possible for something of this magnitude to remain unknown to the Vatican for so long without any prior communication from a single Cardinal, or Bishop, whatsoever? And how is it then that the methods used by the dioceses to handle abusive priests all seem to have been executed in the same way? The Vatican publically condemned the actions of the abusive priests, but initially takes no action to remove Cardinal Law and or accept his resignation. With the shock of such NEW and disturbing information, how could the Vatican allow him to remain Cardinal? And when more increminating detail is released, still no decisive action is taken by the Vatican to remove him, he is NOW allowed to resign. I think that the members of the Catholic Church would have more respect for the curch and its leaders if they only had more respect for us. Church laws should include the priests and leaders of the church, and not be written soely for adherence by the parishoners.

G., Nashua

I have to say. I have met Cardinal Law a few time. And he was a great help for me and my fiamily. We should not for get all the good he did do. Why is it we only can remember the bad or wrong thins someone did. Thank you Cardinal Law for saving my Life when i wanted to kill my self 5 years ago.

Steven, Worcester

Praise the lord jesus christ, forever and ever. we have the victory in his name and by his faithfulness. it is under the blood of jesus christ that the church move on. yes the lord his cleaning his house. prayer and fasting and the rosary is still needed more then before. now it is time for the gays to step out from their hiding place within the church..... so let us be a pure people before our god. and may healing come to all who need the touch of god. and let us ponder blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see god. pray the rosary in this time for it is a powerful weapon to bring down stronghold.


He still remains a Cardinal and will live in the protected lap of luxury in the Vatican. If the Pope was serious, Law would be stripped of his rank and be relegated to a third world country as a missionary priest!

Kevin, DC

Thank God. Now perhaps some healing.

P. Sanford, Walpole

There must be many bishops shaking in their red boots! The collapse of Cardinal Law is long overdue, and perhaps a sign of how much abuse Catholics are conditioned to accept. The clergy - long suffering under the tyranical authority of this bishop - finally couldn't stomach the "rotten" grace which came from the table of this prince. Why did it take so long? Why have the civil authorities deferred to this morally bankrupt leader - if he were CEO of Enron he would have been charged long ago! There is no cause to celebrate - it is all so very sad and just a sign of the times.

Phil, Toronto, Ontario Canada

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