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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 the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston


As women of unity and reconciliation whose deepest desire is to foster healing where there is brokenness and in the light of the pope’s acceptance of Cardinal Law’s resignation as archbishop of Boston:

We express both profound sadness and renewed hope at the unprecedented circumstances that face our Church community.

• We are forever saddened to know of the many victims of abuse by priests. We experience deep pain at the climate of secrecy. Yet we are hopeful that today begins a new moment to embrace new avenues of healing.

• We are forever saddened by the brokenness in our church and the betrayal of trust among people of good faith. Yet we are hopeful that today marks the beginning of new initiatives to rebuild trust and heal fractured relationships.

We stand in solidarity with all who continue to work for unity and reconciliation in our church. We offer our commitment to accompany others on the journey of rebuilding trust, healing fractured relationships, and bringing about unity among people of good will.

As Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, faithful Catholics, and members of the church of Boston we grieve with the victims and their families and pledge ourselves to the restoration of right relationships in our church and world. We pray for Cardinal Law and desire, as he does, the healing, reconciliation, and unity of the people of the archdiocese. As Bishop Lennon assumes the complex responsibility of Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Boston, we pledge our support and offer to commit ourselves to full participation in creating a renewed Church.

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