December 14, 2002

Boston Herald

by Franci Richardson and Tom Mashberg
Saturday, December 14, 2002

Pope John Paul II yesterday accepted the resignation of embattled Bernard Cardinal Law, who becomes the highest-ranking church figured felled by a widespread sexual abuse scandal that has spiritually and financially shaken the Archdiocese of Boston.

“I am profoundly grateful to the Holy Father for having accepted my resignation as archbishop of Boston,” Law, 71, said in a written statement released by the Vatican yesterday about 6 a.m. after a short meeting between the prelate and the pope.

“It is my fervent prayer that this action may help the Archdiocese of Boston to experience the healing, reconciliation and unity which are so desperately needed.”

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