By Brian Whitmore, Globe Correspondent and Charles M. Sennott, Globe Staff, 12/14/2002
OME – Cardinal Bernard F. Law may have been the highest-ranking church official to fall in the ongoing sex abuse scandal, but he wasn’t the first.
From Canada to Australia, South Africa to Hong Kong, and across Europe from Ireland to Pope John Paul II’s native Poland, clergy sex abuse cases and the ensuing cover-ups have proven to be a worldwide problem.
This past spring, three leading bishops resigned in Europe. Scores of other clergy across the globe have faced lawsuits, criminal cases, and public allegations of sexual abuse or cover-up.