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March 23
Law's words frame new play

March 2
Wary Catholics return to church

January 25, 2004
Churches report attendance up

January 4, 2004
Dot parish struggles to survive

December 28
Hudson fill-in priest welcomed

December 12
Law prays daily for diocese

November 22
Assignment for Law expected

November 20
Policies on VOTF reconsidered

September 19
Crisis issues in church's future

September 18
Meeting ban at parish is lifted

August 4
O'Malley given warm welcome

August 1
Lawmakers see shades of gray

July 31
An angry protest, and prayers
Voices of protest and support
Three in crowd bound in hope
At BC, optimistic students watch

July 29
Lay group to engage O'Malley

July 24
Many outraged after AG's report

July 21
Law to skip bishop installation

July 18
O'Malley invites Law, victims

July 11
Bishops seek private opinions

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Spotlight Report

Statement by Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles


Cardinal Bernard Law’s resignation as Archbishop of Boston gives us pause to reflect upon the extraordinarily difficult and painful year 2002 has been for all the Catholic faithful across the nation.

We have heard appalling stories of trust betrayed and innocence lost through the sinful and criminal actions of some priests. Let us continue to pray for the healing of all victims of sexual abuse by clergy. As a community of faith, let us continue our efforts to provide victims with pastoral care and loving support.

We remain firmly committed to our policies and procedures in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that ensure the safety of our children and all of our ministries. For more than 17 years it has been the policy of this Archdiocese to deal swiftly and effectively with every allegation of sexual abuse. We believe we have been effective. No priest or employee of the Archdiocese who was ever determined to have abused a minor is allowed to serve in ministry in this Archdiocese.

As Christians awaiting shortly the graces of the Incarnation, we fix our focus on Jesus Christ. We are strengthened by his promise to be with us and to guide us at all times and in all places. With the strength of Christ in our lives, we his people will emerge from these difficult days with renewed hope and sense of mission.

Finally, let us also remember in our prayers our brothers and sisters in the Archdiocese of Boston, and pray that with new leadership they will find the wisdom and strength to guide them forward.

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