by Marie Szaniszlo
Saturday, December 14, 2002
At age 71, he was the nation’s senior Roman Catholic prelate, the man once thought destined to become the first American pope, branded now by one of the worst scandals in church history.
Yesterday, Bernard Cardinal Law stepped down as archbishop of Boston, a tortured climax to what was in many respects a brilliant career.
“He was enormously influential within the church,” said Philip Lawler, editor of Catholic World News, “but history will remember him for this.”