Back to homepage Arts | Entertainment Boston Globe Online BostonWorks Real Estate Sports digitalMass Travel The Boston Globe Spotlight Investigation Abuse in the Catholic Church
HomePredator priestsScandal and coverupThe victimsThe financial costOpinion
Cardinal Law and the laityThe church's responseThe clergyInvestigations and lawsuits
Interactive2002 scandal overviewParish mapExtrasArchivesDocumentsAbout this site
 Latest coverage

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

Earlier stories

Spotlight Report

Cardinal to say Mass on Sunday

By Michael Rezendes and Tom Farragher, Globe Staff, 4/18/2002

Cardinal Bernard F. Law continued to drape his future in mystery yesterday, although he announced through a spokeswoman that he had returned from a secret trip to Rome and will resume his customary place at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday to say morning Mass.

As Law remained secluded in his Brighton residence, planning for a gathering of US cardinals and Vatican officials in Rome next week, he prepared a public explanation of his handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations that he plans to deliver after his return from the Vatican.

Law, acting again through his spokeswoman, also bowed to the wishes of Boston College officials, faculty, and students who have urged him to forgo his traditional appearance at commencement exercises due to the escalating controversy over the role he played in clergy sexual misconduct cases.

''Because of his concern that his presence this year could detract from what otherwise should be a joyous occasion for graduates and their families, [Law] has informed Father William Leahy, the president of Boston College, that he will not be present,'' said Law's spokeswoman, Donna M. Morrissey.

At a late-afternoon press conference, Morrissey and a church spokesman, the Rev. Christopher J. Coyne, said Law believes it's unlikely that next week's meetings in Rome will produce significant changes in the way the church responds to allegations of sexual misconduct against priests.

Coyne said Law does not anticipate making any public statements, either before he leaves for Rome, sometime after Sunday's Mass, or while he's at the Vatican, because he believes he cannot talk about specific allegations being contested in court.

Law has not taken questions from reporters for more than two months. He returned to Boston Tuesday night after meetings with Pope John Paul II and other Vatican officials where he discussed his possible resignation as archbishop of Boston. Law told officials at the chancery yesterday that he had taken commercial flights to and from Rome, according to an adviser.

Coyne said he did not know whether Law had offered to resign during those discussions.

Stephen Kurkjian of the Globe Staff contributed to this article. Michael Rezendes can be reached at

This story ran on page A14 of the Boston Globe on 4/18/2002.
© Copyright 2002 Globe Newspaper Company.

© Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company
Advertise | Contact us | Privacy policy