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?
Rich, Jamaica Plain
It's about time we rid the church of the head criminal.I hope for the church's sake it is not too late to rebound from a horrible period in Catholic history. As for Law himself, as much as i want to forgive him as a Catholic, I cannot. He is a coverup artist. I hope he is punished to the fullest extent of the law. God will take care of the rest.
As a life-long Boston Catholic, I feel saddened by Law's resignation in so much that it took so long. My faith in the leadership of the Boston Catholic community has been profoundly shaken. I will stop by my home parish today to affirm my faith, but not to pray for Law. My only hope is that he will be held to the same standards as I would be (I am a teacher) if I did not report suspected child abuse to the authorities...I could be jailed for that failure! He belongs behind bars for allowing children to be molested by "his" priests.
The man has been 'in the know' to the numerous counts of the felony crime of pedophilia for decades. The fact that the state of Mass. has not yet prosecuted him for this is beyond my understanding. While one wonders why more Catholics have not been pressuring their clergy for this change, one might also wonder why there is the unspoken understanding that the Catholic church need not report felons within it's ranks to the proper government authorities, while other organizations are bound to do so by law.
MHarnett, Stow, MA
Please remember that everyone involved in this terrible situation deserves praying for; especially the survivors, but even Cardinal Law.
Now there needs to be criminal charges against him. I feel strongly that he needs to go to jail just as the priests that performed the abuse and rape need to. It is not enough for him to resign and ask for forgiveness! Knowingly placing priests in other churches that have raped/molested children is a CRIME and is deplorable. This went on for way too long, has hurt so many people, there needs to be retribution. The church had been trying to get out of the lawsuits with a claim of separation of church and state! How can these people call them people of God? True people of God would not let this happen to God's children. They are putting the interests of the Catholic church ahead of God! What continues to anger me as well is the Vatican still isn't handling this properly. They are trying to minimize the scandal. Sexual abuse/molestation affects people for the rest of their lives. It destroys people and affects every aspect of their future. PUT HIM IN JAIL WITH THE PRIESTS THAT HAVE RAPED/ABUSED/MOLESTED CHILDREN! He is potentially more guilty because he is supposedly not a pedophile, but put the pedophiles in situations with children and covered them up for years and decades!
What Law did in allowing abusers to continue as priests was wrong, wrong, wrong.But now that he has finally resigned, let him sink into obilvion. Calls for his criminal prosicution are overkill. What can be gained by continuing to harrass a broken old man? His legacy is destroyed, he will live out his remaining days knowing he failed in his life's work. What worse punishment can the Massachusetts courts offer?
I'm sure the most pleased people right now are the people who devoted all their time to picket the every move of the Cardinal and of course, the Boston Globe. President Nixon's statement that, "you no longer have me to kick around anymore," also applies to the Cardinal. How will the above mentioned now spend their time?
Who cares - ok, now what's next in the news that everyone will get all riled up about and yet do nothing about it......