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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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now he belongs in jail with all his priests

dw, marshfield

I am glad he is gone and sorry for the Church that it took this long for the administrators to do this. However, in response to Ira from Malden, it is not embarrassed catholics here, in fact if it was not for the uproar created by the Bostoin Catholics, Cardinal Law would still be in his position. Wake UP!

Jake, Medford

i am sitting here thinking about all this and have come to the conclusion that this is the most corrupt debauched state in america! UGH....

turk, newton

May the sun now shine in all the dark corners.

Joanne, Hubbardston

If the teachings of Mary Mother of the Church had been followed when she was here on the earth, this scandal could never have taken place. She taught that both men and women should officiate and the offices should be passed around among the faithful. There was no ranking of men, demanded celibacy or pomp and ceremony in ritual in the teachings of her son, Jesus, nor hers as she went about continuing his work on earth after the crucifixion.

Dolores, Austin Texas

As a non-catholic, my heart breaks for the Cardinal. I cannot believe that his resignation will "make things all right" - and I would remind the "voice of the faithful" group that the Catholic church has never been nor ever will be a democracy. My prayers for him and for all affected is for comfort, healing, peace . . .

Irene, Waltham

Thank God.

karen, quincy

Please let's not glamorize this criminal he is nothing more than an accessory to rapists and should be remembered in that way.Let's not think that his resignation alone will make the problem go away.Let's stop putting public relations ahead of innocent peoples lives.Anything positive that he has done is cancelled out by what he let happen to innocent children.How can anyone be trusted anymore........

John, Randolph Ma.

Interesting how the influence of MEN pressured him to step down, NOT the influence of GOD in his heart...Seems consistent at least...

JC, Nbpt

I am an alumnus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where Cardinal Bernard Law was the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Although I had some positive experiences at Catholic U, I must say that I had a number of horrible and insulting experiences with some school administrators throughout my school years. Many school administrators did not respect students and parents, and it was a surprise for me that they can stay on their jobs while being very terrible at their relations with students and parents. These experiences were something that I had not faced in other schools. My friends and I have wondered why the Catholic U's administration is such a mess. After the church's pedophile scaldal broke out and the name of Bernard Law has surfaced, I realized that having such a despicable character as the Chair of the Board of Trustees must have something to do with the messed-up Catholic U administration. Bernard Law's resignation from the Board and the Boston Archidiocese is not the end. The revolution has only started. On Dec. 8, 2002, Los Angeles Times published an editorial by Dean Douglas W. Kmiec of The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, which branded the recently passed California law eliminating the statute of limitation for one year for the victims of sexual abuse by religious leaders as an anti-Catholic "go-get-bishops" law. Dean Kmiec has also stated that while the number of bad priests are very small there are many who follow the examples of St. Francis and Mother Teresa. Well, my own experience at Catholic U. convinces me otherwise.

John, Washington, DC

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