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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 Anthony Bevilacqua, archbishop of Philadelphia


This year has marked a most difficult time for the Catholic Church and in particular, for the Archdiocese of Boston. I know this has been an extremely painful time for many people, especially victims of abuse. During these past months, I have been praying for the Catholic people of Boston and also for my brother Cardinal. I know that he cares very deeply for the people of his Archdiocese.

Cardinal Law is someone I have known for a long time. From his early days in the civil rights movement to more recent efforts to foster dialogue with other denominations, Cardinal Law has always worked diligently for the oppressed and the less fortunate. The crisis of the past year has overshadowed Cardinal Law's lifetime of good works. His resignation is a sad moment for the Catholic Church in this country. I will miss him but understand his decision, for the good of the faithful of the Archdiocese of Boston, to resign as part of the healing process in this crisis.

The Holy Father has appointed the Most Reverend Richard Lennon, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, as Apostolic Administrator. My thoughts and prayers are with Cardinal Law, Bishop Lennon as well as the laity and religious and clergy of the Archdiocese.

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