December 14, 2002

Boston Globe

By Thomas Farragher, Globe Staff, 12/14/2002

On the icy steps of small city chapels, in the warm pews of suburban churches, and at the rectories where Cardinal Bernard F. Law’s portrait still hangs, there was relief, resolve, and whispered prayer yesterday that his removal means rebirth for a wounded church.

After months of crisis, Catholics said, they are eager to move beyond a scandal that Law could not escape.

As he departs, they said, new hope arrives.

”The very important bridge of trust between people and the archbishop had been broken,” said the Rev. Paul T. Keyes, pastor of St. Michael Church in North Andover. ”But even for people like me, who wanted the cardinal to resign, once it’s happened, it’s like a death.”

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