December 14, 2002

Boston Globe

By Michael Rezendes, Globe Staff, 12/14/2002

They were loyal bishops helping their cardinal in the gentle handling of sexually abusive priests. And as they fanned out across the country to lead dioceses of their own, some allegedly continued the common practice of the Boston archdiocese: forgiving the accused while concealing their misdeeds.

Now, with Law’s resignation, survivors of abuse and others who have followed the scandal in the Catholic Church say attention is likely to shift to Law’s former deputies and other bishops who have tolerated abuse.

”The fear of the Vatican has always been that if Law resigns there would be a domino effect, not only among his auxiliaries but also among other bishops who didn’t do what they should have done with abusive priests,” said Thomas J. Reese, editor of the Jesuit magazine America.

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