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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 Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop of Washington


The resignation of Cardinal Law as Archbishop of Boston marks the end of a significant chapter in the history of the Church in that tremendously important archdiocese. For me, it is not a time of rejoicing, but of hope that the Church in Boston will continue to rededicate itself to the protection of children and to reconciliation of victims of abuse by clergy.

Cardinal Law served many years as Archbishop of Boston and in that time accomplished many good things that should not be forgotten in the sad turmoil of this terrible scandal.

I pray that today’s news will hasten the healing that everyone longs for and allow all the faithful people of the Archdiocese of Boston to join together in working for a brighter future. May the Catholics of Boston – laity, religious and clergy – be united in that common purpose so that the Church’s work of serving the poor and preaching the Gospel will flourish in their local Church.

I’m sure that this is what the Holy Father and the Cardinal pray for today and I join them in that hope with all my heart.

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