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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 Nancy S. Taylor, minister president of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ


Cardinal Law's resignation will be the real beginning of the long road to healing that faces so many, inside and outside the Roman Catholic Church.

The pain and tragedy experienced this last year by so many Catholics - and the excruciating, hidden pain experienced by victims for far too long - does not belong to Catholics alone. The entire Christian church - Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic - has experienced shame and betrayal of persons placed in positions of privilege and power.

It is overdue that the Christian church, in all its settings and forms, devote itself to honesty before God and each other, to tough love, reconciliation, heart-felt confession, and the hard work of healing.

I pray for the victims of clergy abuse - Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox. I pray for a healing of the great wound across Massachusetts.

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